Fourth Season Of United Byker To Enrich More Lives With Newcastle United Foundation And Byker Community Trust
A vital partnership between Newcastle United Foundation with the Byker Community Trust is continuing to have a positive impact on the area for residents of all ages.
The two charities have been working together to help enrich the Byker estate with a number of community programmes offering employability support, activity in schools and health and wellbeing events through United Byker.
Throughout the 2018/19 season, the Foundation expanded its Premier League Primary Stars delivery to schools in the area, as well as introducing Family Football and United As One sessions in St Lawrence’s Primary and Byker Primary Schools.
Now in its fourth year, up to 120 pupils will be engaged with existing Newcastle United Foundation activities alongside Match Fit and literacy and numeracy support.
The official charity arm of Newcastle United will also be working with Byker’s young people who are currently not in education, training or employment by offering 12-week courses followed up with one-to-one support for up to two years after if required.
The Foundation’s ever-popular Soccer School programme will also be arriving in Byker this season, open to seven to 11-year-olds to play football and learn new skills with specialist coaches in the school holidays.
Adults will also be able to access Walking Football sessions at Spires Lane and Walker Activity Dome alongside twice-annual NHS Health Checks open to participants of all ages.
Elaine Flynn, Partnerships Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are immensely proud to have the continued support of Byker Community Trust.
“By working together, we are able to sustain positive progress which means we can reach more individuals of all ages with different needs living on the Byker estate.
“We look forward to engaging with even more participants than ever before through our Education, Employability, and Health and Wellbeing programmes throughout the 2019/2020 season.”
Earlier this year, Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin surprised pupils at Byker Primary School to learn more about the partnership and have a friendly kickabout on the playground.
During his visit in March, Yedlin commented how the partnership was giving opportunities to people from the area, creating an “incredible impact” on families in Byker.
He also learnt about Carrick’s Kicks, a joint-venture between Newcastle United Foundation and Michael Carrick Foundation, part-funded by Byker Community Trust, which runs out of Spires Lane.
The Kicks programme is a vital point of engagement for Northumbria Police, who often visit sessions to educate and inspire youngsters living on the estate.
Northumbria Police’s Byker and Walker Neighbourhood Inspector Dan Whyte said: “It’s incredibly important that we’re able to engage with the next generation and sessions like this are the perfect opportunity to do so.
“We have PCSOs and other officers who are able to spend time here and they will be become a familiar face to the young participants here.
“It is truly a fantastic partnership between the Byker Community Trust and Newcastle United Foundation that I expect will continue to flourish in the neighbourhood.”
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