Newcastle assistant manager John Carver, and 22 year-old local lad Paul Dummett held a training session for the Montagu and North Fenham Boys Club under-nines last week, and they went through a number of training drills the first team use at Newcastle.
John Carver and Paul Dummett – and the under-nines with their coaches
John Carver was a member of the Boys club when he was a youngster and it was a surprise visit made by the two Newcastle men, and John gave the Boys Club a check from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew for improving their facilities.
And that’s a nice gesture from Alan Pardew.
John talked about being part of the Boy’s club when he was a boy:
“I started my football at Montagu at the age of eight,” “Just playing, coaching and getting involved with the lads brought back so many good memories for me.”
“They are in better shape than when I played – they have a nice artificial indoor surface now – but they need a new club house because this one is close to being condemned.”
“So a lot of former players like myself are trying to raise funds and awareness to give these kids somewhere to play.”
“More than 350 boys and girls a week play here, which is phenomenal, but if we can’t find a facility for them then we are going to have big problems.”
“We want to keep them off the streets and do as much as we can to keep grassroots football alive at this club.”
I was part of Walker Boys Club way back in the olden days – 1960 to be exact – and played football every Saturday afternoon for the club, so we know they do a great service for youngsters in the area.
And we are so impressed with the way the players and the coaches at Newcastle reach out into the community and do some great work, and a lot of that seems to have been happening during this two week International break.
But the last of the International games are today, and then Alan Pardew and John Carver will need to get the lads ready for the game against Norwich on Saturday.
It’s a game we are expected to win – and that tells us it’s going to be very tough.
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