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Newcastle United Foundation celebrate grant to replenish PPE for participants and staff

Newcastle United Foundation participants of all ages are set to benefit from a generous grant awarded to the charity to boost its supplies of PPE, hand sanitiser, cleaning equipment and new signage.

The official charity of the Magpies is receiving the funding award from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation to maintain high cleaning and safety standards for staff and site visitors at its Lemington Football Centre.

The Foundation’s facilities on West Denton Road in Newcastle now boast robust stores of PPE available for everyone to access including children on Holiday Courses throughout the summer.

Temporary fencing and signage have also been purchased with the £500 grant sum, ensuring visitors and staff are aware of hygiene and social distancing measures in place for their protection.

The PPE supplies mean many more participants are being welcomed back to enjoy activities again with Newcastle United Foundation, including Holiday Courses for children, Walking Football for adults, and Post-16 Development training for teenagers.

Newcastle United Women will also access Lemington Football Centre for training ahead of their 2020/21 campaign in the FA Women’s National League.

Tony Threlfall, Newcastle United Foundation Football Development Officer, said: “We are incredibly grateful to receive this grant from the Football Foundation and it is already being put to good use by participants and staff at Lemington Football Centre.

“We have been working hard to go above and beyond to provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment for everyone to enjoy at the centre and help people of all ages to pick up outdoor exercise or to get back into the routine they had before lockdown.

“The safety and wellbeing of our visitors is of paramount to us. The grant has been vital to help promote our social distancing and hygiene measures to give adults, parents, children and young people the peace of mind that they are protected.”

The Football Foundation funding also involves Newcastle United Foundation staff regularly carrying out COVID-19 risk assessments at Lemington, in line with current Government and FA guidance.

The site is operating under three key controls: promoting good hygiene; keeping facilities and equipment clean; and maintaining social distancing and avoiding congestion.

The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, the FA and the Government, through Sport England. The Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK and champions fair access to quality football facilities for everyone, regardless of postcode, gender, race, disability or place.

For more information on Holiday Courses for children this summer at Lemington and the safety measures in place, visit nufoundation.org.uk/holiday-courses

Alternatively, for more information on the Football Foundation, visit footballfoundation.org.uk


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