In-form Newcastle stars Shola Ameobi and Damian Duff joined a class of 10 and 11 year olds from St Lawrence School in the famous Newcastle suburb of Byker on a visit to Whitehouse Farm, near Morpeth to promote the Foundation’s Match Fit initiative.
Shola bathing a pig – come on Damien get your hands dirty!
The visit was part of the Premier League’s impressive Creating Chances Places for Players initiative, which uses the Premier League clubs to help and highlight the local communities. The work is done all year round.
From September to November the Premier League has the spotlight on some valuable community work, and players from every club are out there right now, helping up and down the country.
Professional players can do a lot for the community, and not only can they be excellent role models for the youngsters, but they can add some joy to the kids, by joining them on these trips to give them a day to remember.
We applaud Damien and Shola for doing this work, and we know a lot of our other players also participate in these activities and give a lot of their personal time to these extremely worthwhile events for the community.
The youngsters from the Byker school were given an educational tour, learning first hand about the food chain, bringing to life where healthy food comes from.
The two Newcastle players answered questions from the children about their own healthy eating habits and pre match fitness routines. Reports also suggest they even joined in and helped the youngsters to bathe a pig – there has to be some joke there somewhere – Shola was doing the bathing – brave lad.
Match Fit aims to increase physical activity and health awareness in children under 11 in the East End of Newcastle. The Newcastle United club is running a program of football coaching, fitness and healthy eating sessions, reaching 3000 children in 10 primary schools in Walker and Byker.
Damien said at the event:
“Eating the right food is very important, not only for sports people but for everyone. It is nice for us to be able to pass on good advice about healthy eating.”
And Bernie Lamb, Head teacher at St Lawrence Primary, is a big fan of the charity’s Match Fit initiative:
“Match Fit has given the children a firm understanding about the benefits of healthy eating and how important it is to keep fit. The project really works because they are having fun while they learn.”
We are always pleased to bring these stories to the Newcastle fans, because it does show just how much time the players give to the community, for very worthwhile causes. Good job lads.
Now to hammer Sunderland tonight.