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A Fantastic Football Weekend with Newcastle United Foundation

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Newcastle Foundation Competition Winners

Recite Me and Newcastle United Foundation competition winners had a fantastic day enjoying some entertaining football, and food, in the hospitality box at St James Park on Sunday the 12th March. 

Recite Me is proud to work with Newcastle United Foundation to create an inclusive digital experience for website visitors. As the official charity of Newcastle United, the Foundation uses the power of football to motivate and inspire people to be more active and learn new skills, giving opportunities to communities that truly need them. 

On March 2nd Recite Me’s UK Country Manager, Martin Robertson, got the opportunity to attend one of Newcastle United Foundation’s neurodiverse kick-start sessions, which occur the first Thursday of every month. These sessions provide young people aged 11-18 the opportunity to play football for free in a safe, supervised environment. 

Martin met with Sophie, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation where she gave him a tour of the building and shared more about the work they are doing. 

At the end of the evening, all the children’s names were placed into a box and three winners were chosen at random. The three winners and one additional guest each would join the Recite Me team for Newcastle United vs Wolves match in the hospitality box at St James Park on Sunday. 

Newcastle Foundation competition winners at St James's Park

The day started two hours before kick-off where everyone met for a day of footy fun. Everyone who attended was blown away by the view from the box. After selfies and group photos were taken everyone settled down to enjoy a delicious meal. The time flew over and the match was ready to begin, all adults and children were seated ready for kick-off, soaking up the buzzing atmosphere around the stadium.

An exciting first half, with Newcastle taking the lead after a free kick went into Wolves’ net. However, midway through the second half, Wolves scored an equaliser. The air was tense as the match approached its end, but Newcastle pulled it back scoring their second goal in the 79th minute, and the stadium erupted! This took the final score to 2-1!

The day following the match, David Grover one of the parents who attended the match commented, “Thank you for your help and hospitality yesterday. We both had a great afternoon, James is still talking about it this morning!”

Recite Me would like to thank Newcastle United for their hospitality and Newcastle United Foundation for the amazing company. We can’t wait for the next!

Martin Robertson with Newcastle Foundation competition winners

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