Cameron and Joshua Rodham
Project: Football Coaching
We want children of all abilities to play the beautiful game and reach their own potential.
Tony Threlfall, Football Development Officer
Six year old Cameron from Cramlington signed upto a Foundation Holiday Soccer School with his brother Joshua, aged nine.
Less than a year later Cameron and Joshua were both invited onto the Foundation's Advanced Coaching Programme where they impress the coaches every week with their hard work and enthusiasm.The boys have set their sights on stardom at St James'; Park. The Foundation runs in school, after school, weekly, holiday, advanced and girls' only football coaching all year round.
Project: Match Fit
"It's the first time Harry has been able to fully join in a sports programme at school" - Debra Purdy
Harry is a pupil at Holywell Village First School in Northumberland. In 2013, the eight year old took part in the Foundation's Match Fit programme along with the rest of his Year 4 class. Harry has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Helped by Foundation staff, Harry fully participated in the programme demonstrating an improved knowledge of health and nutrition after six weeks. Harry was also asked by Barclays to present Alan Pardew with his 'Manager of the Month' award in December 2013.
Match Fit is a six week fitness, football and nutrition course for primary school children. Match Fit Families offers the same course for parents and children to learn together.
Jaddai (Jak) Kambeya
Project: United 4 Employment
"The course boosted my confidence and ultimately helped me get a job" - Jaddai (Jak) Kambeya
Jak was out of work and lost. He enrolled on the 10 week United 4 Employment programme, which included a two week work placement as an assistant football coach. Jak quickly made friends and got help to update his CV, learn about job search techniques and enrolled at Newcastle College.
Full of confidence after graduating from the programme, he soon found a job with a major high street retailer.
United 4 Employmentoffers two week and 10 week courses for unemployed young adults who want to move towards education, training or employment.
The Moore Family
Project: Toon Times
"The Foundation provides opportunities for the families we work with that they would not normally have." - Ant Lea, Key Worker, Crossroads Care
The Moore family from Gateshead love football. But as a family with five children and two disabled parents (mum Claire has mental health problems and dad Paul has very severe mobility problems) going out and enjoying a fun activity together is extremely difficult and very rare. When the Foundation linked up with Crossroads Care in Gateshead, the family signed up for Toon Times, creating special memories when they came to their first football match together, Newcastle United v Reading.
Toon Times is a Newcastle United heritage education programme for schools and community groups. 2014 will see a major exhibition open at Discovery Museum in Newcastle.
Project: National Citizen Service (NCS)
"NCS was life changing for me. I loved the team building activities most of all as they improved my leadership skills which will help me in the future" - Kasim Azam
17 year old Kasim signed up for NCS during Summer 2013 after leaving school. He took part in two residentials, a variety of outdoor activities and even planned a garden makeover for a local community centre. Above all, Kasim loved being part of a team, showing himself to be a natural born leader. He is now studying Business at Newcastle College.
NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 16 and 17 year-olds to build skills for work and life, while meeting new friends and taking on new challenges in the local community.
Project: Premier League 4 Sport (Judo)
"Without Premier League 4 Sport, Chloe would not have found the sport she loves." - Elaine Corby
Chloe attended a 10 week judo course at Thomas Walling Primary School and was instantly hooked. She joined Newburn Judo Club where she now trains twice a week. Chloe recently won a gold medal at a national competition and also gained her red belt. The programme allowed Chloe to grow in
confidence, make new friends and become more disciplined at school and home, while tapping into a hidden talent.
The Foundation runs 32 satellite coaching centres in Judo, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, badminton, hockey and tennis as part of Premier League 4 Sport.
Nicola and Fraser
Project: Family Football
"An excellent way of getting families to look at their lifestyle and see where to make improvements." - Nicola Mitchison
Mum Nicola and son Fraser from Ashington enrolled on a Family Football course in September 2013 at Thomas Bewick Primary School. At first Fraser was reluctant to take part and shy about joining in group activities. During the next six weeks Fraser’s confidence grew and, with some practical ideas from the Foundation, the pair pledged to make small changes that would make a big difference to their family’s health. Not only do they go swimming together once a week, Fraser now plays for his local football team, cheered on by Nicola, his biggest fan!
Family Football is a six week course for parents/carers and children to promote enjoyment in learning.
I've gone from doing nothing to enrolling at college and am now the Foundation's first apprentice community coach." - Joe Deverdics, Apprentice Community Coach
Joe, age 18, was a Newcastle United academy player at Under 9 before he was released. He left school at 16 and for a while was not in work, training or education until he spotted a Prince’s Trust Get Started in Football course delivered by the Foundation. Inspired by what he learned, Joe joined the Foundation’s Kicks project, playing football every Friday night with other local young people. He started volunteering at sessions and decided to enrol at TyneMet College. Seeing his potential, the Foundation offered Joe a full time apprenticeship as a Community Coach in September 2013.
Kicks uses football to engage hard to reach young people, targeting disadvantaged communities which suffer from higher rates of crime and anti-social behaviour.