A New Chapter for Newcastle United Foundation
Newcastle United Foundation has revealed its vision to build a new home for community sport, education and wellbeing in Newcastle.
For almost ten years, we have coached, mentored, educated and provided opportunities. This – our new home – will help us to do even more. It will connect a community, becoming a vibrant place for thousands of young people and their families, just a goal-kick from St. James’ Park.
The new centre will be on the site of the Murray House Community Centre at the top of Pitt Street. The site was originally used to provide training opportunities for men and boys as shipbuilding declined in the1930s and was rebuilt in the 1970s to once again serve a struggling community. Sadly, many local people face similar challenges today. 50% of children in the Westgate area currently live in poverty. 67% of people are inactive. 22.6% of its young people are unemployed. Instances of anti-social behaviour are high.
The vision is to construct a three storey building. Street level will be a buzzing hive of physical activity, combining adaptable recreation and event space with two four-court multi-purpose sports hall, a smart fitness suite and spacious, accessible changing areas. A healthy body will meet a healthy mind on the first floor, where there will be innovative classrooms, a high-tech digital hub and meeting rooms. To top it all off, the second floor will house a rooftop 4G football pitch for small-sided games, where you will see the glare of the St. James’ Park floodlights and hear the famous Gallowgate roar.
Our Patron Shola Ameobi grew up in the neighbourhood and played football in Murray House as child. Shola has narrated a short film about the plans which you can watch here.
The Foundation welcomes feedback and comments on the plans and will be organising a series of engagement events in the forthcoming weeks. In the meantime, to find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org.