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Primary Schools Head To St. James’ Park For Onside Celebration

Primary schools from across the region visited St. James’ Park this week to celebrate completing Newcastle United Foundation’s Onside programme.

More than 120 children and staff attended the event, taking part in a number of activities designed to increase their awareness of discrimination and how to counter it.

The pupils designed their own anti-discrimination posters with the best from each school put on display at the event, before being judged by our panel, including Dean Lowery, a representative from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commission.

Pupils and staff then enjoyed a creative challenge – designing a shirt with anti-discrimination messages – before rounding off a stellar day with a stadium tour.

In total over 2,000 primary school children completed the Foundation’s Onside project last year. The programme uses a range of educational resources to tackle issues around discrimination, such a sexism, racism, and bullying, through the power of football.

Samantha Endacott, Deputy Headteacher at Holywell First School, said: “It’s been brilliant. It’s a celebration of all the hard work the children have done and it gives them an end goal to work towards on the project.

“It’s really raised their awareness of what discrimination is. They’ve been able to understand what the “big words”, like sexism, mean so they really recognise how it impacts on peoples’ lives.”

Dame Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, said: “I’m delighted to be working with Newcastle United Foundation. The draw of the football club gets children involved and they can spread the word so widely, and they’ve been excellent at doing that”.

“The Onside project gets children at such a young age to start thinking about something that will last the rest of their lives.”

Onside is supported by the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

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