Newcastle have just announced that the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup will take place at the Magpies’ Academy and will feature 128 football-mad youngsters from eight local schools; each with a boys’ and a girls’ team.
The tournament is today.
Some of the proud youngsters in the new strip today
It looks like Jamaal and Aleksandar will take part for extra training?
Jamaal seems happy about – Aleksandar not so happy
Here’s some of what’s on the Newcastle web-site today:
More than 100 children from across Tyneside will be the first to wear Newcastle United’s new 2016/17 home kit on Monday afternoon as part of a community football tournament hosted by the Club’s charitable foundation.
Thanks to official club partner Sports Direct, they will all be fully kitted out with a new 2016/17 home kit, comprising of shirts, shorts and socks – as well as boots – all of which they can take home afterwards.
The kit, which was revealed by new signing Dwight Gayle last week, will go on sale to supporters in a range of adult and junior sizes on Friday (8th July).
Dwight Gayle wearing new strip last Friday
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benítez will attend the tournament and give awards with some of Newcastle’s players and he said this:
“We are very pleased to be hosting this very special tournament and to bring the community and our young supporters closer to the Club. We are all looking forward to it.
“It will be great to see the children proudly wearing our new kit. I hope they have a lot of fun playing in it and hopefully they will enjoy wearing it during this season, too.”
Kate Bradley, head of Newcastle United Foundation added the following:
“Newcastle United Foundation’s work with tens of thousands of young people and their families relies on generous partners and fundraisers, so we are very grateful for the support the club and Sports Direct have given the tournament.”
“Football has an incredible capacity to engage and inspire children so we hope the tournament will be a great way for them to have fun, keep active and enjoy playing sports with their friends.”
To find out more about Newcastle United Foundation and how it works with more than 200 local primary, secondary and special educational needs schools each year, visit www.nufoundation.org.uk.
This is a terrific tournament put in place by the new Newcastle manager to bring the community and the club much closer together.