Sean Longstaff Named Newcastle United’s PFA Community Champion For 2018/19
Sean Longstaff has been named Newcastle United’s PFA Community Champion for 2018/19.
The award was presented to Sean at the Newcastle United Training Centre by two participants involved in the Foundation’s Employability programmes, Lewis York from Gateshead, who is working with Foundation coaches to develop his transferable skills, obtain qualifications and secure work experience, and Ryan Booth from Blyth, who is participating in the Prince’s Trust TEAM programme, delivered by the Foundation, which helps build confidence and develop communication skills.
Longstaff was nominated by the Foundation on the basis of him stepping up to become a Foundation Ambassador this year, as well as supporting the charity’s partnership with Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Sean made an appearance at Great North Children’s Hospital earlier this season, taking the time to meet current patients and their families.
On receiving the award Sean Longstaff said: “It’s been amazing to have had the opportunity to support the incredible work Newcastle United Foundation does.
“The Foundation delivers so many brilliant programmes across the region, engaging with tens of thousands of children, young people and families and it’s great to see the difference it makes to so many lives.
“I saw first-hand the impact the Foundation has on children and their families at Great North Children’s Hospital. It makes me very proud to be an Ambassador for such a fantastic charity.”
Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, added: “We’re incredibly grateful for the support from all of the players, and of course Manager Rafa Benitez, throughout the season. The patients at Great North Children’s Hospital loved meeting Sean, and with him agreeing to become a Foundation Ambassador, we are very excited to work closely with him into next season and beyond.”
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