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Isaac Hayden Named Newcastle United’s PFA Community Champion For 2017/18

Isaac Hayden has been named Newcastle United’s PFA Community Champion for 2017/18.

The award was presented to Isaac at the Newcastle United Training Centre by two participants involved in the Foundation’s Employability programmes, Aziz Koddo, 19 from Kenton who, through Premier League Works is working with Foundation coaches to develop his transferable skills, obtain qualifications and secure work experience, and Danwen Huang, 21 from Heaton, who is participating in the Prince’s Trust TEAM programme, delivered by the Foundation, which helps build confidence and develop communication skills.

Hayden was nominated by the Foundation on the basis of his support of the Women and Girls Pathway, visiting a girls only training session as part of the Foundation’s Community feature on Match of the Day.  The Foundation also took into account how Isaac helped raised awareness locally and nationally of the brilliant work taking place at the NUFC Fans’ Foodbank on match days and the Newcastle West End Food Bank after he visited the site and helped make up packs for distribution to families in need in the region.

On receiving the award Isaac Hayden said: “”I’m really pleased to have had the opportunity to support the incredible work Newcastle United Foundation does.

“The Foundation delivers so many brilliant programmes across the region, engaging with tens of thousands of children, young people and families and it’s great to see the difference it makes to so many lives.

“I experienced first-hand just how talented and passionate the young female footballers are that they have on their pathway and how important the introduction of a Women and Girls Football Hub will be.

“I was privileged to visit Newcastle Food Bank and see the amazing work that goes on there. All over the City we have football fans having a hugely positive impact on our society – making a real difference. It makes me very proud.”

Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, added: “We’re incredibly grateful for the support from all of the players, and of course Manager Rafa Benitez, throughout the season.  The girls on our player pathway absolutely loved having Isaac attend their session and it was brilliant to share with him our vision for women and girls football.”

John Hudson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the PFA commented: “The PFA believes that players who make that extra effort and contribution during the season should be recognised for their support and involvement in the local community. The Award will hopefully raise awareness of the great contribution and importance many of our members attach to their roles off the pitch. We would like to offer our congratulations to this season’s recipient of the 2017/18 Community Champion Award.”


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