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Toon Times Exceeds 12,000 Engagement Figures

Newcastle United Foundation is thrilled to announce that its Toon Times programme has engaged with over 12,000 school children over the last three years.     

This heritage educational programme was linked to Toon Times, a free exhibition that opened at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum in February 2014, and used historic items, props and interactive displays to encourage an interest in the footballing history of our city. 

Many of the school children also visited the exhibition, delivered in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums, which took visitors on a journey through the club’s long and colourful history. Complete with a replica players’ tunnel, dressing room and fanzone, the exhibition embraced the Foundation’s ethos of using football as a powerful tool for learning and community engagement.

The Toon Times exhibition itself also achieved record-breaking visitor numbers for the venue. A record 315,000 people, more than the population of Newcastle upon Tyne, visited the exhibition during the year.

Toon Times programme which is funded by the Premier League PFA Community Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and North-East teaching agency First Class Supply.

On achieving record delivery numbers, Newcastle United Foundation Project Coordinator, Gavin Ferry said:

“Toon Times has been a fantastic tool that has helped us capture the imagination of over 12,000 school children in three years, bringing our region’s history to life.

“It’s incredibly exciting to have reached such a wide audience through just one project, in fact, this is record level of delivery and engagement for a two year schools programme. 

“We were very ambitious about targeting significant numbers of school children with this project and to surpass our expectations is brilliant.  We wouldn’t have been able to deliver to this level without the resounding support we have had from First Class Supply, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Premier League PFA Community Fund.”

First Class Supply Director, Lesley Robinson added:

“We are delighted to have supported the Toon Times programme over three years and know from first-hand experience how these fantastic sessions have been enjoyed by pupils in local schools”. 

For more information, contact Gavin Ferry | or call 0844 3721892 x 8451

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