Rafa and some of his players spent yesterday afternoon at the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup, at the Newcastle Youth Academy.
Rafa has commented on his web-site that he was really impressed with the passion shown by the boys and girls of Newcastle who were taking part in the event as they represented their various schools.
The Tournament featured 128 youngsters from eight local schools, each fielding both a boys and girls team.
Rafa Benitez with some of the boys and girls yesterday
This is what Rafa put on his web-site about the event:
I spent the afternoon as I did yesterday also with the mini ‘magpies’ at the under-13 tournament organised by the Newcastle United Foundation 1892 with over a hundred children attending.
We have worked on this idea a few days ago and its now become a reality with great enthusiasm shown by all at the club.
I have to say that the players of the first team who have accompanied us during the visit and also myself enjoyed the passion that these young athletes showed in the tournament as well as the support and welcome we have received from them.
Sincerely, thank you.
There is a great deal of contact and gestures from the fans every day and I hope that this new tournament has a great future for the fans – young and old alike.
Meanwhile, the first team are training at a very good pace, with very good attitude and involvement of each and every one of our players.
Come on Toons!
The teams each were given a full set of the new Newcastle home strips for next season, courtesy of Sports Direct, and they don’t go on sale to the general public until this Friday.
Here’s Rafa’s web-site if you want to follow what he puts up on it – there’s more and more stuff on Newcastle.