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Another Brilliant Benitez Initiative Implemented By Newcastle

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 foundation 1892 cup

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!

9 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1

    There’s already a Saint Raphael it’ll just have to be Saint Rafa.

  • G

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #2

    JfA, Patron saint of healing if memory serves?

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3

    In regards to the last article on players Rafa doesn’t have in his plans:

    How do we know Rafa doesn’t want any of those players? Has he stated that or anything close to that ever? Or is this statement just for clicks?

    I’m fine with speculation, but that stuff drives me crazy.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #4

    I wonder if Rafa is going to stick the first team in this competition so we might have a chance of winning a cup?

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    More importantly Tsunki….would MA see it as us winning something, and sell up?

  • giimps

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Madison…..clickbait ,that’s all most of these stories are, I don’t even read most of them and just skip straight to the comments……there’s some crackers…..great posts, informative to the downright insane…..most of which I enjoy

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Saint Rafa is the patron Saint of the toon, beautified for saving the club from the evil dragon BeelzeMike.

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Regarding the players he may keep:

    I think he could keep all of the players mentioned in the article. We are going to be playing in a weaker league with more games so we will need more players for rotation and we will need to develop different looks to break down different opposition as we are likely to be facing some very defensive teams (at least when we are at SJP).

    That said, the three I would most like us to keep are Saivet, Riviere and Thauvin. I think a jaunt in the Championship is likely to give each of those confidence and enough game time to bed in properly which none of them have been afforded so far. Maybe they each turn out to be flops (I think Rivi will, but he hasn’t been given a shot yet) but I think a season of experience and, hopefully, positive results turning into positive chemistry will provide the requisite chance to solidify these players as members of the first-team squad (or prove that they shouldn’t be). Time will tell and all that, but if it was up to me, I’d try and keep those three pending Rafa’s plans, player wages, offers, etc.

  • giimps

    Jun 27, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Rivi did OK in the French league as did Saivet, I think the French league is on par with the championship other than a few big hitters, Riviera had a better strike rate than the other strikers in his team just before he came here (if I remember correctly) and a lot of his appearances were from the bench.
    Saivet has played many positions in his career so will be useful, even as a utility player, he has some pace and skill as well as liking a tackle….if anyone can get a tune from those 2 Rafa can…..thauvin I believe needs either his arse kicked or an arm round his shoulder….not sure which….again…..Rafa will know


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