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Foundation Steps In To Support Gateshead Redheugh FC After Theft

Newcastle United Foundation has donated £500 to Gateshead Redheugh Football Club after thieves stole a section of the netting that protects the pitches.

The Foundation currently delivers Premier League Kicks and Homeless Football sessions at the venue and was compelled to offer support after the theft. The donation will cover the replacement of the netting to ensure maximum security of the pitches at the venue.

Over 150 young people participate in the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks, free football sessions on a Friday night, at this venue alone every year. Using the Newcastle United brand the Foundation helps engage these young people, many of which are at risk of exclusion, in regular football, sport and personal development activities.

Terry Ritson, of Gateshead Redheugh Football Club said: “The call from the Foundation was completely out of the blue, a total surprise. They called us so quickly it has meant that we’ve been able to contact suppliers and get the net ordered already, which means we’ll have a replacement much faster than we originally thought. Gateshead Redheugh is a real community club and Newcastle United Foundation is a part of that in a lot ways, whether it’s through Kicks, Employability or Fun Days. We’re really grateful for their support, which I think just goes to show how passionate they are about supporting young people and families in Gateshead. Our partnership is a really strong one and it’s helped us a way we never expected.”

Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, added: “We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to help Gateshead Redheugh FC out with a donation to help source new netting. The club is a community hub for our Kicks and Homeless Football sessions in Gateshead as well as for football generally so we wanted to step in and offer our support.”

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