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Rafa Benitez Celebrates Third Foundation 1892 Cup With Local Schools

The third annual Foundation 1892 Cup took place at Newcastle United Academy this week with 128 local primary school children participating in the tournament and each receiving a full 2018/19 home strip to take home with them, making them the first chidren in the region to wear the new Newcastle United kit!

Nine partner primary schools from across the North East, fielded eight-a-side boys and girls football teams, comprising Year 3 and Year 4 children, aged seven to nine.

Pupils from Riverside Primary School, Cambois Primary School, St. George’s RC Primary School, Holystone Primary School, Ponteland Primary School, Grange Primary School, West Walker Primary School, Walkergate Primary School, and Westgate Hill Primary School arrive the ground full of excitement before being presented with their new kit, which was generously donated by PUMA and Newcastle United.

After an afternoon of fantastic football and nail biting games, it was Cambois who took home the trophy in the boys tournament beating a strong Ponteland side in the final. Ponteland came through in the end though as their team won the day, beating West Walker in the girls’ tournament.

The surprises kept on coming with Magpies legend Shola Ameobi making an appearance causing excitement amongst players, teachers, and parents alike.

The biggest cheer was reserved for United manager Rafa Benítez who presented the winner’s trophies before the day was rounded off with a celebration barbecue.

Newcastle United Foundation worked with over 38,000 children at 173 schools across Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland in the last year.

Head of Newcastle United Foundation, Kate Bradley, said: “The Foundation 1892 Cup is a wonderful annual event that everyone looks forward to. It is brilliant to be able to invite some of our partner schools to enjoy this special experience.

“To have Rafa Benitez’s continued support for a third year is hugely appreciated – I would like to thank him for taking the time to join us and meet the teams.

“I would also like to thank Newcastle United, the Academy and Puma for their generous support and the schools for helping make this such a great day.”

For more details on becoming a partner school please contact Liam Atkin (

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