Newcastle’s Excellent Young Player Skills Initiative

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.
Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • blitziouz

    Nov 12, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #1

    why just north tyneside and newcastle . As sum 1 from jarrow wich is south tyneside i think thats bit harsh on the schools in south tyneside. It must be costing MA to much to send them through the tyne tunnel.

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 12, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #2

    great idea and yes the club should have been doing this years ago especially when you cant find any 1 from the north east in the england team the closest players to the england tam are

    downong (Occasional)
    taylor(prospect but you think he would be better than he is by now)

    if there is any 1 i left out let me no

    also this would be good because our club cant attract top players so if we develop them we dont need to and you get the added bonus of a an affiliation with the club

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 12, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #3

    harper would probably get in the squad if he wasnt at a club with such good keepers

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 12, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t help but be a little concerned if they were running rings around Steve and Seb!! 😉

  • Ganiyu

    Nov 12, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #5

    When a negative occurs the NEWCAstle board does something mind blowing.nice idea but some how late.Good to be back hello every1.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Spurs 2-0 Liverpool!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Ganiyu hows your fantasy team doing?

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #8


    Spurs 3-0 liverpool

  • I Made 1000

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    3-0 spuds

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #10

    how is that happening

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #11

    2 defensive errors.


    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #12

    BILL F,was thinkin the exact same as you.
    Running rings around our defenders?????


    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Watchin the Spuds game against LiverPool live,
    O`hara is kicking ass in midfield……he is the difference between the sides,no-one can keep up with him,pace aggression and will to win.
    we do not have a player like him-total unknown last year.
    Joey can be that type of player but needs some1 with legs to run beside him and help.

  • big al

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #14

    have liverpool got a decent team out like ?

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #15


  • toon

    Nov 12, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #16

    4 – 1 😐 crazy

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #17

    el zhar looks good

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #18

    4-2 not suprised with Liverpools team they put out, it was shocking!


    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Crazy game this,didn`t look good for the spuds keeper.
    Off to hospital after swallowing his tongue


    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Nile Ranger looks good for us but we should wait till he is 35 before we give him a chance

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #21

    rangers goal tally is impressive but is he realy good enough for a place in the team

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #22

    on the bench definitely.

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #23

    btw that was not rhetorical

    i havent seen him play

  • Ganiyu

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #24

    I wonder y spurs a leaving the relegation zone that have been prepared for them.o hara is the type of player i wanted instead of butt

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #25

    i like nicky butt and i can not lie

    he just needs to be used less

  • Ganiyu

    Nov 12, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #26

    I wonder how we would get buyers when we are discouraging them with our place in the relegation zone

  • Shot Bru!

    Nov 12, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Is anyone watching BBC1 at the moment, a programme called a supreme sacrifice about the Hearts team in 1914 volunteering for the army. Dunno if it’s broadcasting in England.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Nov 12, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Did Ranger get any first team play while at Southhampton?

    Also, What version of Blaydon Races do they play on match day at St. James?

  • 51times

    Nov 13, 2008 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Daniel – No, he was only in the Southampton Academy.

  • Geordie Jayne

    Nov 13, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #30

    Denis the dwarf Wise was there when they were doing this, but declined to comment, to Sky Sports News yesterday.

    Get him OUT of St James’.

    Looks like he is trying to worm his way back in with the fans.

  • Anyway seen the mackems havent won a game since they beat us 😆 some of them calling for Keane’s head 😆 hope they do sack him biggest mistake they will ever make 😀

  • Ganiyu

    Nov 13, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Hope this works

  • Ganiyu

    Nov 13, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Hope we maintain a good home record

  • Liam Smith

    Nov 13, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Hi, I am 12 and have seen this on the news and got very excited about it, I was willing to go, but I realised it was or ages 5-11 only, that meant I couldn’t go. Maybe you could extend the program and make age groups like 12-15, 15-17 and such and such

    Liam Smith


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