These Players A Credit To Newcastle – They Have Hearts Of Gold

Rafa Benitez wants Newcastle United to be what brings the City of Newcastle together and he is very keen on the club supporting various charities via the Newcastle United Foundation.

A couple of days ago Ayoze Perez was announced as the Newcastle United Foundation’s Ambassador.

It’s terrific when the players take up these types of position where they can really make a difference to other people.

And it seems that Christian Atsu – who had another very good game for us on Tuesday night and hit the woodwork twice – is also supporting various charities.


Christian Atsu at the Newcastle United Foundation’s half-term soccer school

The Ghanaian International was recently appointed as the Global Ambassador of the children’s charity, Arms Around A Child. 

The charity provides homes, education, health care, protection, love and respect for orphans who have often been rescued from trafficking, slavery and abuse in Africa.

Christian attended the Newcastle United Foundation’s half term soccer school yesterday as part of his global charity role.

At the meeting Christian gratefully accepted a donation of Newcastle kits for a Ghanaian orphanage.

This is what Christian said at the event:

“I really enjoyed working with the Newcastle United Foundation and telling the children on their soccer school about the charity I support in Ghana.

“I was incredibly grateful to receive their donation for the children in the Orphanage – I wasn’t expecting that and I know how much it will be appreciated when I take it over.

“Meeting the orphans whose lives have been transformed through Arms Around The Child’s support and hearing the sad stories full of abandonment and sorrow.”

“Then to see how they have adapted and grown together as one big happy family, is inspirational.

“It’s clear that many children are suffering, I shall do my best to support Arms Around The Child and some of these children in my homeland and beyond.”

“Investing time, talent and resources results in happier and healthier lives.”

“In Sub Sahara Africa there are more than 48 million orphans and on World Orphan Day it is important to raise awareness of what is needed to help those children.”

“It will show those who do donate what an amazing difference their support can make.”

World Orphan Day is on November 14th.

Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation said this about Christian:

“It is brilliant that Christian took time out to meet our Soccer School participants and to tell the about Arms Around the Child.”

“The players are huge supporters of the work we do in our local community, and we’re proud to be able to support Christian in donating some playing kit for the children at the orphanage in Ghana.”

It’s players like Ayoze and Christian who do great work off the pitch and it reflects so well on them as individuals and also on the Newcastle United Football Club.

They have hearts of gold to do this work.

Christian’s visit has been covered in the Ghana press and he and Newcastle United are being given great credit for the donation of the strips.


Ayoze Perez Newcastle United Foundation Ambassador

And Ayoze will soon become very act in his new role as the Ambassador for the Newcastle United Foundation.

This is exactly what Rafa wants Newcastle United and his players to be doing.

Note to Rafa – sign Christian up full time as soon as possible.


Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #1

    But what happens if those kids tell other managers about our particular skills, what if they let they at out of the bag that a 454th corner will be booted to Willo, put a stop to it now.


    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Fair doos mate, wont change my mind like

  • Legolas

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo.


    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Shelvey Hayden Atsu



    I am sick of getting 10/11. Hopefully 11 this time.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #4


    Mitro had a great game and scored 2 great goals, albeit against a second string Preston x1, or 10 even for most of the game!

    However, even then Mitro managed to embarrass himself with the penalty situation and getting a needless yellow card for taking his shirt off. The guy just doesn’t seem to have a lot going on upstairs at times and that’s why perhaps Rafa has his reservations.

    I think Gayle’s movement is phenomenal and the off the ball runs he makes to create space for others largely goes unnoticed. Gayle is far quicker to get in behind defences and is a great out ball with his speed. I think Gayle gets us up the field just as much as Mitro and is a much more instinctive goal scorer.

    That said, I hope Mitro scores a hat trick tomorrow.


    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #5

    I wasnt too sure on Atsu when he signed, didnt seem to be that happy to of joined us and Id not seen him play so hard to judge him as a player but hes certainly growing on me

    Am still not sure how he feels about us as a club but his performances on the pitch look pretty good to me

  • Toonces

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    A big stretch being made when Yohan Cabaye says something complimentary about Newcastle and that instantly turns into him wanting to leave Palace and come back to Newcastle.

    What is wrong with him saying that he really liked Newcastle but couldn’t understand the decisions of the Ashley regime at the time?

    He is a highly paid athlete “so he should just shut up and play” seems to be the sentiment among many. Well he is also a competitor trying to get to the highest level he can and that means the chance to lift a trophy. He was not going to get that chance playing for Newcastle. His only chances at trophies were by playing for France. And at that time and there were no signs coming of the change in Ashley’s methods that we have now. So when wanted to go and he left for PSG how can anyone really blame him?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Cabaye is probably better but I wouldn’t swap him for Shelvey, striking Frenchies who think they’re better than they are cause disruption of the harmony of the dressing room.


    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I wouldnt swap the two but Cabaye is a fine player

    I agree with Toonces a lot is being made of an interview he did with a kids magazine, the bloke likes Newcastle u can tell in his face when he was talking about us doesnt mean he wants to come back

  • Jib

    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Yohan Cabaye
    Before he joined us he had one cap at Lille
    With us he won 21 caps
    With PSG he won 16 caps
    With CP he’s won 10
    His foot stamping to get his move from NUFC to Paris was because he was going to become an international star there.
    He turns 31 next winter window.
    Unfulfilled career really.

    Shelvey is 24 and improving before our eyes.

    The comparison is pointless really.


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