Newcastle United are winning off the pitch too

Following the club’s promotion back to the Premier League, Newcastle United’s fans and players have a lot to cheer about at the moment.

But it’s off the pitch where the club, fans and young people have been rallying around local charities and causes. Newcastle United Foundation are a delivery partner of NCS; read on to find out how past participants of the programme have been doing their bit for the community.

Towards the end of the Championship season, the club’s supporters have been showing their support to a fan-organised food bank donation campaign. Before heading through the turnstiles at St James’ Park, fans have been dropping in food and toiletries for the benefit of vulnerable people in the region.

The food bank collection was organised by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) and NUFC Fans United. The donations have been helping stock the shelves of the Newcastle West End Foodbank, which is the busiest in Britain, helping local people in crisis.
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A staggering three tonnes of donations were donated ahead of one game alone – and now, in collaboration with the club, a new foodbank collection point has been opened in the city’s Grainger Market.

Newcastle United Foundation are a local delivery provider of National Citizen Service (NCS) and will again be enabling hundreds of teenagers the chance to make their own impact on their communities this summer.

Teens signed up this summer can take note of some inspirational projects conducted by NCS participants taking part in the scheme with the Foundation in summers gone by. One group led an inter-generational gardening project, sprucing up the garden at a local care home and spending time with the elderly residents.

Another NCS team used their new skills and initiative to organise a project that supported local charity Dementia Care’s staff by gardening and decorating at their centre in Brunswick Village.

We’ve also seen loads more fantastic projects, such as a sponsored walk equivalent to the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats, improving youth provision at local community centres and organising charity football tournaments.

It’s all worth it in the end – with NCS grads picking up some awesome skills and experiences, plus recognition to take to university, apprenticeships and work. Even Newcastle United player Sammy Ameobi joined in with the celebrations at the Foundation’s NCS graduation last year!