Rafa has said this would happen a couple of weeks ago, but really good news today that Newcastle have launched a new children’s football tournament to help enhance and increase the ties between Newcastle United and the local community.
New manager Rafa Benitez sees the Tyneside club as being paramount in creating good relationships with the general Newcastle community and he did excellent work in this area while he was manager at Liverpool FC.
The competition has been called the Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup and will take place annually starting this year – in fact starting next Monday 4th July – when the vast majority of our players will have returned for pre-season.
Siem de Jong involved in the new children’s tournament
This s what Rafa Benitez has said about the tournament:
“We are really proud of this new tournament. It is important to organise activity like this to bring the Club and the community of Newcastle closer together.”
“As we come back for pre-season training, this tournament is the perfect way to do that.”
“Our Foundation already is doing lots of fantastic work in the City and the region. They have been very happy to add this tournament to their schedule of events in the community.”
“I thank them for this and for all their hard work. I am sure this event will be really successful and great fun too!”
Foundation Manager Kate Bradley added the following:
“We are delighted to hold the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup, this year bringing together primary schools from the East and West of Newcastle. “
“This event tops off a busy program of activities in 2015/2016 which has seen the Foundation work in over 200 local primary, secondary and special educational needs schools.”
Here are some details on the tournament of that Newcastle have published today on the Newcastle web-site:
Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the launch of a new children’s football tournament to further foster and enhance ties between the football club and the local community.
The competition, entitled the Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup, will take place annually and involve primary school children from across the city.
The inaugural tournament will take place at the Newcastle United Academy on Monday, 4th July 2016.
Eight local primary schools will each field two eight-a-side football teams comprising Year 3 and Year 4 children, aged seven to nine.
Each school will be represented by both a boys’ and girls’ team meaning a total of 128 local children will be taking part in the tournament, which kicks off at Little Benton at 2.15pm.
Playing kit, including boots, is being provided for all children by Sports Direct whilst Newcastle United is offering transport to and from the venue for the eight participating schools.
United manager Rafa Benitez, along with a number of first-team players, will join the children at the end of the tournament to award prizes and mementoes before the day is rounded off with a celebration barbecue hosted by the manager alongside Club and Foundation staff.
That’s just terrific and great credit goes out to Rafa Benitez, Kate Bradley and others for getting this tournament created and announced so quickly.
It’s very good that owner Mike Ashley and Sports Direct are putting something into this too.
Newcastle United Football Club is quickly becoming a club we can really proud of – both on and off the football pitch.
We just love it!