Mike Williamson has been a bit of a revelation this season, since he forced his way back into the first team line-up at Everton, Mike has played all the games and he’s been in very good form, and has formed a very good partnership in central defense with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Great shot of Mike Williamson and the school kids yesterday
The Newcastle United Foundation does some great work in the community and Mike was at the Walkergate Primary School yesterday in a football coaching initiative launched by the Foundation with money provided by the Premier League.
Mike was born in Stoke and we always wondered where he got his accent from – but he moved to Devon as a youngster and was brought up in the south-west.
This is some of what Williamson had to say yesterday:
“I remember when I was at school, Torquay United worked closely with the local schools. I do remember players coming in to school and visiting, there was hype around the classrooms at the time.”
“Seeing footballers had that effect on me and my friends, so it’s nice to be a footballer myself and putting a few smiles on faces like they did then.”
“It’s a fantastic project the Premier League are putting on with the Newcastle Foundation. It can only be a positive thing. I have kids myself, so I know the effect you can have on them and football is a massive side of this city.”
The Walkergate children were delighted to see Mike yesterday – who at the moment is starring in some great defensive performances for the Newcastle side.
The Newcastle Foundation have said the three-year project consists of clubs after school, competitions and teacher training and will reach 7,200 children across 200 schools with aims to promote every day physical activity by getting more youngsters in to sport.
Newcastle United are taking a beating at the moment, mainly because of the activities of the antics of the owner, but let’s not forget the great work the Foundation do in the local community with players like Mike Williamson – all 6’4″ of him – supporting it.
The Newcastle United Foundation is a credit to the football club.
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