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Newcastle United Foundation Attend Premier League & BT Disability Football Fest

Newcastle United Foundation attended the annual Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival last week.

The event saw 23 teams from across the country travel to Manchester City’s academy for a day of fun skills activities and of course, a tournament!

The Foundation team, drawn from our disability football sessions at Percy Hedley SEN school, were placed into a strong group against Burnley, Hull City, and Sunderland and started well taking 1-0 victories in their first two games.

In a twist of fate it was Newcastle vs Sunderland in the decider to top the group, but after a hard fought game our squad just fell short, missing out on goal difference after an incredible set of performances.

The Premier League and BT launched a three-year programme in 2016 with the aim to create opportunities and inspire disabled people through sport.

23 professional football club community organisations, including Newcastle United Foundation, deliver the programme across England and Wales. Since its launch, more than 23,000 participants have been engaged in disability sport through the initiative.

Reggie Dornan, Senior Disability Football Development Officer at Newcastle United Foundation said: “The team has had an amazing time today and put in some fantastic performances.

“To get the opportunity to come to Manchester City’s academy, train at the facilities, and play against disability teams from all over the country has been fantastic. It really highlights just how important the PL/BT funded programmes are when it comes to engaging our players and giving them the chance to show what they can do.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Premier League, BT, and the rest of the teams that attended for making this incredible event possible.”

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