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Jonathan Edwards Makes ‘leap’ To Foundation Patron

Newcastle United Foundation is delighted to announce that Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Jonathan Edwards CBE is making the transition from Trustee to Patron as he looks to continue his active role within the charity. 

The former Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion has been a valued Trustee of Newcastle United Foundation since 2009  and will now join Bob Moncur, Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi as a Patron of the Foundation to help raise awareness of its work in the Community.  

In his first act as Patron Jonathan visited Benfield School to meet pupils participating in the Foundation’s Match Fit programme, which promotes healthy lifestyles amongst young people.  The Foundation is delivering Match Fit to a record 500 pupils across 12 schools every week this half term. 

Jonathan Edwards CBE said: “As a Trustee of Newcastle United Foundation for the last 8 years I’ve seen first-hand just how much hard work goes on behind the scenes for the charity to deliver the impressive amount of programmes it does across Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

“I have personally found it very enjoyable and humbling to learn about the ethos and approach of the Foundation and seeing the commitment of their team towards inspiring our community to more healthy, active and aspirational lifestyles.  Watching the charity grow from the start to a point where it works with over 50,000 people every year is truly inspiring. 

“I have also been hugely impressed by the work and progression of the Foundation during the period I’ve been involved and delighted to make the transition from Trustee to Patron. I want to continue to help raise awareness of the fantastic community and charity work that is going on and the impact that is having in the city and beyond.

“It’s been brilliant to come along to Benfield School today to see Match Fit being delivered.  It’s so important that children understand the importance of eating healthily and being active.  The Foundation delivers this message in such an engaging way – I can see why they are working with record numbers in this area.  I quite enjoyed giving a few tips of my own to the class!”

Head of Newcastle United Foundation, Kate Bradley, added: “We’re delighted that Jonathan has agreed to become a Patron.  His support of the Foundation over the years has been brilliant and we’re excited about the new opportunities that this progression in our relationship can bring. 

“We really appreciate Jonathan taking the time to join us today – it was great for the participants to meet a sporting legend and to find out more about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle and the opportunities and benefits that can generate.”

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