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Newcastle United and Michael Carrick Foundations team up to deliver Carrick’s Kit Bags to children this Christmas

A special Christmas delivery of festive treats and Newcastle United goodies are being delivered to children across Newcastle and North Tyneside through the teamwork of two charities.

More than 300 Carrick’s Kit Bags containing United gloves, hat and a scarf, mixed sports activity sets, football annuals, and Magpies stationery and stickers are being distributed before December 25th by Newcastle United Foundation and Michael Carrick Foundation.

A long-running partnership between the two charities aims to engage disadvantaged youngsters through sports and education opportunities, ensuring they feel safe, valued and inspired to achieve their potential.

Together, the organisations provide free weekly Kicks football sessions, overseen by Newcastle United Foundation coaches, giving children and teenagers a supervised time to play and socialise after school.

Carrick’s Kit Bags are being packed and handed to young people who regularly attend Kicks by volunteering Foundation staff, alongside Michael Carrick Foundation Trustees, Graeme and Kay Carrick.

The festive delivery began on Friday evening at The Parks, North Tyneside, with hundreds more Carrick’s Kit Bags being given away in Byker, Percy Main and North Shields until December 16th.

Elaine Flynn, Newcastle United Foundation Partnerships Coordinator, said: “We are thrilled to be giving away so many Carrick’s Kit Bags to children who truly deserve them after such a difficult year.

“The young people we support at Kicks sessions may come from disadvantaged backgrounds and we hope these gifts will go a long way towards making their Christmas this year a little bit brighter.”

Michael Carrick, the Wallsend-born midfielder turned first team coach at Manchester United, founded the Michael Carrick Foundation in 2017, to create safe spaces and empowering opportunities for deprived youngsters living in Greater Manchester and Tyne and Wear.

He said: “Everyone at the Foundation has been overwhelmed by the number of items that were so generously donated to Carrick’s Kit Bags.

“It’s been a difficult year for everyone, so for people to go out of their way to support our participants really does mean so much.

“Every item will make a huge difference and gives youngsters the equipment they need to take part safely and be the best that they can be.

“We’re looking forward to 2021 and continuing our work in communities across the Tyne and Wear and Greater Manchester.”

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