Since 2009, we have been providing professional disability football coaching to adults and children with a range of disabilities. Taking an inclusive approach to football, we ensure everyone enjoys the beautiful game.
Jack is profoundly deaf and has cerebral palsy. Jacks mother Carol contacted the Foundation to see if there were any groups that would benefit Jack.
‘It is the highlight of his week, he is devastated if its school holidays and it’s not on. He starts planning his session from Sunday night, he has to have training sessions at home!
It’s made a massive difference to his balance, to his stamina – he is just a completely different child to what he used to be. It’s absolutely amazing to see your child happy and doing something that they love.
It’s like a little family, Jack’s made new friends and we’ve made new friends.’
Newcastle United Foundation’s Kicks programme provides free football for young people aged 8 to 19 across 13 venues in the region.
Backed by the Premier League and Sport England, Kicks takes place at 13 different venues across Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland, 48 weeks a year.
Over 2,000 young people take part in the weekly free football sessions every year, helping them achieve their goals through football. Kicks engages young people in constructive activities, increases playing and coaching opportunities, breaks down barriers between the police and young people and reduces crime and anti-social behaviour in the target area.
I moved to Benwell three years ago from Somalia. I didn’t speak English and I didn’t have any friends. I love football. I used to watch children my age playing football on the square outside my house.
One day I decided to get involved. I was nervous but I’m glad I did it as the other players introduced me to Kicks. I started going to the sessions at Westgate. They were great fun and I made new friends. In fact, I made all my friends through football!
The coaches have been so helpful from the start. They encouraged me to do the National Citizen Service (NCS) with the Foundation. The residential was brilliant and I really enjoyed all the activities. It really helped build my confidence, not just as a person but with my English too.
I really enjoyed the Social Action project, doing something positive in our community felt good.
I volunteer for the Foundation and I am flag bearer at St James’ Park when Newcastle United play. I’m so proud and standing in front of 52,000 people has boosted my confidence even more.
I am now working as an engineering apprentice. My family is so proud.