The Newcastle United Skills Program is launched this month, and it will see Newcastle players visiting schools in the Newcastle and North Tyneside areas initially.
Can you spot which ones are Seb Bassong and Steven Taylor?
This program will be run between the Newcastle United Foundation and the Club’s Youth Academy, and the aim of the program is to encourage children between the ages of 5-11 to develop their footballing ability, and at the same time understand how important it is to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong kicked off the program, so to speak, at St. James Park this week and England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor certainly hopes the program will help up-and-coming youngsters join the Newcastle club.
“These children are lucky in that they’re getting top coaching at an early age,” “It’s a great program and will hopefully save the club a few millions pounds in the transfer market!”
“It’s always nice to come down to events with the kids and a few of them certainly have some talent.” “One or two of them were running rings around me and Seb!”
It’s great that two of our best young players are involved in this and it’s exactly what the club should be doing. Sir Trevor Brooking and Dave Richardson, chairman of the Professional Football Coaches Association have also been quick to praise the initiative of the Newcastle club.
Any emerging talent could be rewarded with a place at Newcastle’s Academy, being run by Richard Money, or one of the Club’s development centers.
Craig Dean, Newcastle United Academy Skills Coach, added:
“The program aims to help children to be the best player that they can be.” “We want to involve as many children aged between 5-11 as we can.”
“It is important the Club forges strong links with the local community and we hope schools and teachers will find the support of our Academy and Foundation coaches beneficial.”
“The aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle in all children as well as helping them develop their football skills the best they can.”
Couldn’t have said it better, and it sounds a great initiative by the club, and something we should have been doing years ago.
Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Association’s Director of Football Development, also commented on the program:
“The north east of England has produced some wonderful footballers down the years and it’s great to see Newcastle United so closely involved with local schools to help develop the stars of the future with the new Skills Program.”
“Of course not everyone is lucky enough to become a footballer, but everyone can still enjoy playing sport and the benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.”
Dave Richardson, Chairman of the Professional Football Coaches Association, added:
“I think this initiative is magnificent and essential for the development of young players.” “Anything that strengthens a Club’s links with its local community can only be a good thing.
“To have coaches going into schools like this will be of great benefit to the children. It’s a superb scheme and something all clubs should be doing.”
We may have lost our last game, but it raises our spirits when we see the club engaged in these initiatives, which seem to be spot on. 😀
Just think, if we had had this is place back in 1956 we could have nabbed Bobby Charlton, and even Alan Shearer in 1985, before he joined Southampton.