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United Players Support Foundation Deaf Team  

Newcastle United’s First Team players generously supported Newcastle United Foundation’s Deaf Football programme this season.

The funds helped purchase new equipment and balls for the team, as well as funding additional coaching sessions.

The donation was inspired by the story of Chloe French. Chloe, who is profoundly deaf and one of the star players of the Foundation’s Deaf Football Team and won a highly commended award as Disabled Player of the Year at the charity’s 10 Year Anniversary Dinner in  November 2018. It was here where she met a number of United players, as well as manager Rafa Benitez.

Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles was instrumental in maintaining the players support for the charity throughout the season, and the Foundation would like to thank Jamaal and the whole team for continuing to engage with Foundation events, programmes and participants.

It’s been a fantastic year for the Foundation Deaf Team, as they made their debut in the National Deaf Children’s Society tournament. They took the Bronze medal in the mixed U13’s group, with many players taking part in competitive games for the very first time.

Growing confidence at the Foundation’s weekly coaching club at Walker Activity Dome has translated into results on the pitch with many of the team trialling for mainstream junior football clubs.

Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “Thank you to the Newcastle United First Team players for making a generous donation. It has made a huge difference.

“Jamaal, the Manager and the rest of the team have once again been incredibly supportive of the Foundation this season, attending our 10 Year Anniversary dinner, visiting schools and community sessions across the region, and of course Sean Longstaff, joining Ayoze Pereze as our second official Player Ambassador.”

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