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Prince’s Trust Helps Youngsters ‘Get Started’ With Football

Twelve young people aged between 18-24 have been given a boost to their career prospects thanks to an inspiring initiative led by the Prince’s Trust, in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation.

The Magpie’s official charity have been delivering the programme on behalf of leading youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, at Gateshead Redheugh. The young people, who are all unemployed or not in training or education, are learning about possible careers in sporting coaching and how they can volunteer in their local community to gain coaching experience.

Throughout the week, the group have learned valuable coaching skills from professional coaches at the Foundation, and will know how to deliver safe football sessions for children. They will also gain a Sports Leaders qualification and Emergency First Aid to add to their CV.

Our participants learning mouth to mouth for their First Aid qualification

All participants that completed the course will receive three months support from The Prince’s Trust to help them move into education, training or employment

Steve Mack, Project Co-ordinator for The Prince’s Trust Get Started programme, said:

“Our staff have been really impressed with the level of commitment from the group. They have been focused and dedicated to pushing themselves.”

Lee Fairley, Community Coach for the Foundation added:

“We’ve had a great week with this group. Some of the team have even delivered warm up sessions and drills to the other participants – That’s a first on our Get Started programme!”

The group working hard and learning the importance of First Aid

Ryan Murphy, 19 from Newcastle spoke of his experience on the course:

“The week has been really good and has encouraged me to be part of the team.

“It has made me much more confident and I’ve really enjoyed it!”

Nicole Thompson, who also took part in the week-long programme, added:

“We’ve met lots of new people this week, and have learned coaching and other skills that we can use in the real world and you make friends for life.”

The group were rewarded to a stadium tour as part of one of their final day’s activities. Whilst proudly wearing his black and white colours, participant Kyle Wails, described the experience as “very positive” and when asked what he would say to future groups, he advised them to “Grab it with both hands and get stuck in!”

Newcastle United Foundation works in partnership with The Prince’s Trust on a number of initiatives to help disadvantaged young people into employment or training. For more information, contact Steve Mack –

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