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Newcastle United Foundation Prince's Trust Team Four earn regional award

Newcastle United Foundation Prince’s Trust Team Four members have had their commitment to the community recognised regionally at The Prince’s Trust Awards 2019.

Team Four’s incredible journey alongside Newcastle United Foundation staff has seen them meeting as complete strangers and going on to transform an allotment site and fundraise hundreds of pounds together.

Participants accepted the Dell Technologies Community Impact Award at The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards on October 2 in a glittering ceremony in Newcastle.

Guests heard how across a 12-week period, which included skill-building exercises, training programmes and physical activity, every single member of Team Four grew in confidence and achieved their goals as a group.

Core activities included the makeover of a very overgrown allotment site in High Farm, Wallsend and a sponsored walk from the home of Newcastle United’s official charity arm, St. James’ Park, all the way to Whitley Bay.

Newcastle United Foundation Prince’s Trust Project Coordinator Lee Smith said: “The team members rallied together by chopping, raking and digging and it was obvious that the project gave them a real sense of pride.

“Many of them struggled with a lack of self-belief when they joined the programme, so it was great to see their confidence grow over the 12 weeks.

“Their win is well-deserved and it’s brilliant to see the great things they are continuing to achieve today.”

Team Four faced competition from a number of enterprising programmes operating across the North-East, which all work to support young people with their confidence, skills and employability.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme, delivered by Newcastle United Foundation staff, is open to 16 to 25-year-old’s who are currently not in employment, education or training.

Team Four member James accepted was one of the participants invited up on stage to collect the Community Impact Award at the ceremony.

He said: “We chose to do up Foundation Future’s allotment in High Farm, as they help other young people like us.

“We had to raise money to do the work, so we had a think and decided a 10-mile walk would be the kick start we needed for people to sponsor us.

“We walked from St. James’ Park to Whitley Park. We were really pleased to raise our first £300 – we used this for the equipment and tools we needed to complete the work.

“Wilko made a separate donation of £400, which really helped.”

Fellow Team Four teammate Kieran added: “We thought we wouldn’t be able to do the allotments at first, as it was so overgrown and such a challenge, but we stuck in and really enjoyed it.

“We learned loads of skills and it made us feel good that we were helping others.”

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