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Siem De Jong Kicks Off Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started’ Project

Newcastle United forward Siem de Jong made a special visit to an inspiring initiative led by the Prince’s Trust, in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation which is helping young people boost their career prospects and become the next generation of sports coaches.

 The Netherlands international, who was named the most socially conscious player in the Dutch Eredivisie in 2013, joined thirteen youngsters aged 16-24 at Gateshead Redheugh FC for a session of the ‘Get Started’ programme, which is being delivered by the Magpie’s official charity.

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.

All participants who complete the course receive three months support from the Prince’s Trust to help them move into education, training or employment.

 Steve Mack, Youth and Community Project Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said:“This group has worked really hard, putting in lots of effort and showing plenty of commitment.

“It’s fantastic that Siem has been able to come along and see first hand the work we’re doing with the support of the Prince’s Trust to support the development of young people in our community.”

 Callum Mordey, 22 from Washington spoke of his experience on the course:“This week has been really beneficial for me, learning from the Newcastle United Foundation coaches to deliver my own coaching session, along with improving my confidence and abilities. It was great that Siem De Jong took the time to come and see us on the course, giving us valuable advice and guidance for the future.”

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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