Hundreds of Family Footballers celebrate six weeks of success at St. James' Park
Newcastle United Foundation enjoyed a night of celebration with more than 500 guests who joined our six-week Family Learning course to promote healthy living through education.
Families from all corners of the North East gathered together in the newly-refurbished Barracks suite at St. James’ Park for the biggest annual Family Learning event to date.
Free match tickets were made available to all families and schools making the trip to St. James’ Park ahead of Newcastle United’s Carabao Cup match with Leicester City later that evening, with more than 468 guests going on to enjoy the game.
Each child at the event received a certificate on stage, presented by Newcastle United Under 23 Captain, Owen Bailey, alongside Newcastle United Foundation staff.
A number of special awards were also presented, including: Child Learner of the Year, Adult Learner of the Year, Family of the Year and School of the Year.
Family Learning participants also had the chance to enter a raffle with top prizes including a framed Newcastle United shirt, signed by all first team players, a Newcastle United football, also signed by all first team players, as well as match tickets and mascot places.
David, who was at the event with his son, Alfie, said: “It’s been fantastic to be a part of the Family Learning programme and Alfie has enjoyed himself so much.
“We’ve all been really looking forward to coming along to St. James’ Park and it’s even better that we can watch the match afterwards too. Everyone has been so well looked after, from start to finish, and that goes for the entire course and this celebration event. The coaches are amazing.”
The Family Football course sees participants join a six-week programme delivered in schools and community groups across the region to instil confidence in children and adults both in the classroom and on the sports field.
Parents and carers are also given the tools and knowledge to access further learning opportunities and regular healthy living activities.
The programme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and with their support and grant of £300,000 split over three years, the course has changed the lives of thousands of families.
Each guest is invited to celebrate their hard work and achievements at St. James’ Park upon completion of the scheme. For the 2019 celebration, guests were treated to an array of interactive activities and exciting entertainment including a miniature zoo, balloon artist, face painting, photo booth and music.
For pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram @NU_Foundation.
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