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Patron Shola Ameobi Pays Surprise Visit To Building Futures Session

Newcastle United Foundation Patron Shola Ameobi visited a Newcastle United Foundation ‘Building Futures’ session earlier this week, which is supported by Postcode Community Trust and uses football to inspire young people to reach their full potential.

The pupils at Percy Hedley School in Killingworth had the opportunity to demonstrate their footballing skills and also chat to Shola about his experiences on the field.

‘Building Futures’ is a one year project that breaks down barriers to sports participation faced by people in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland, as well as developing their skills, confidence and motivation to achieve goals for life. The support from the Postcode Community Trust means that over the next year the project will engage with over 500 children with disabilities at 32 SEN schools and over 1200 young people through Kicks.

The project aims to encourage communities to feel proud of their local area and build a sense of community between people from different backgrounds. Breaking down barriers through the power of football will help develop socially inclusive communities which in turn, will help to inspire children, young people and their families to learn and reach their potential.

On his visit to the Building Futures session Shola Ameobi said: “It’s been fantastic meeting the group today – what a great bunch! Football has always been a huge part of my life and it’s hugely inspiring to see just how much of a positive impact it is having on the lives of these young people. The coaches were telling me just how much positive change they’ve seen within the group which is what the programme is about.”

Newcastle United Foundation Programme Manager, Andrew Foster, said: “We’d like to thank Shola for taking time out to come and visit the session. It was a real treat for the participants to meet him and to demonstrate their footballing skills in front of a Newcastle United legend! The funding from Postcode Community Trust has enabled us to work with over 1700 young people as part of Building Futures and we’re now seeing some fantastic results from the project.”

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