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Foundation Offers Once In A Lifetime Opportunity For United Fan

Today, Newcastle United Foundation Senior Project Co-ordinator Lisa Bell, met with 12 year old Morgan McCarroll to rehearse his official ball boy duties ahead of Newcastle United’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park on 19th April. 

Morgan, who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF1) at a very young age will lead the ball boys and girls out on to the field next Sunday and will fly the club flag as the teams make their way on to the pitch before kick-off. 

During his visit to St James’ Park today, Morgan was briefed about his duties, was able to go down the tunnel to get pitch side, test out his ball boy stool ahead of the match and, as a special treat, even got a feel of the head coach’s chair in the dugout!

Lisa Bell, from Newcastle United Foundation, said:

“It was really lovely to meet Morgan today and show him what he’ll be doing on match day – it’s very different being in the stadium when it’s empty so I’m sure the game next week will be a fantastic experience for him.

“When we first chatted to Dougie, Morgan’s Dad, he wasn’t sure whether we would be able to create a ball boy opportunity that could take into account the challenges Morgan faces.  We were very keen to ensure that Morgan didn’t miss out so we’ve made some minor changes to ensure that he gets a chance to lead the team he supports out on to the field. 

“We know the crowd at St. James’ Park will make him feel very welcome!”

Dougie McCarroll, Morgan’s Dad, added:

“As a family, we’re really thrilled that Lisa and the Foundation have gone out of their way to meet Morgan and ensure that he has been fully included in the planning for the day. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for him and it means a lot that his experience is going to be as normal as possible.  We’re big Newcastle United fans so we’re making it a huge family day out so we can support him and the team!”

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