Renewed funding boost for Newcastle United Foundation disability sports ensuring football for all
Disabled children and young people across the North East will be given more opportunities to play sport, learn and socialise thanks to a Quayside-based company offering continued support to Newcastle United Foundation.
The official charity arm of United is again teaming up with North P&I Club, a leading global mariner insurer whose colleagues have seen first-hand the positive impact regular disability sports sessions have on hundreds of youngsters in the region.
Last season, staff from North’s Corporate Social Responsibility team were able to visit one of the Foundation’s weekly training sessions proving specialist support and coaching for young people living with Down’s Syndrome.
Speaking to parents, carers and players themselves, the North team were keen to continue their funding support for the Foundation.
Their latest grant will support Newcastle United Foundation’s Football For All initiative – helping disabled people under 25 to boost their confidence, communication skills, mobility and fitness through football.
The Foundation currently runs weekly after-school sessions at 11 different venues from Hexham to Newcastle for children and adults signed up to Amputee, Blind, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf, Down’s Syndrome, Frame, Pan-Disability, Partially-Sighted and Powerchair squads.
Indoor disability sports are currently suspended under the latest national lockdown order, however Jack is one young man who attends regular cerebral palsy sessions with the Foundation and is looking forward to the return of play in the coming weeks.
“I like football on Wednesday as I have met new people and it improves my fitness,” he said. “I like scoring lots of goals and playing matches… and the coaches are the best!”
The Foundation’s disability programmes currently support more than 2,200 children, teenagers and young adults. A dedicated Football Development team build on positive relationships with participants each week to ensure everyone can enjoy sports safely and with confidence in their own abilities.
Elaine Flynn, Partnerships Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are thrilled to be working with North again this season to support the region’s young disabled people who are among the hardest hit by the ongoing pandemic.
“North’s generosity means we can offer even more opportunities through our Football For All programme, where we can encourage and support everyone to achieve their potential or simply provide a safe space for young people to have fun with friends.
“North have been fantastic in their support for our Foundation and we all look forward to continuing this key partnership in this season and beyond.”
During the summer lockdown, volunteering Newcastle United Foundation staff delivering thousands of food parcels and activity packs to disadvantaged communities thanks to generous funding support and donations from partners, including North.
Lesley McEwen, Support Team Supervisor at North, said: “It’s great to be able to support the Foundation and the magnificent work that they do with disabled children and young people in the North East.
“As a large employer in the North East with a 160-year history in the region we feel it is important to support our local community.”
For more information on Newcastle United Foundation’s disability programmes for adults and children, visit nufoundation.org.uk/projects