Footy Fun with Dyslexia North East

Last weekend (Saturday 1st February) saw Recite Me and Dyslexia North East competition winners enjoy an afternoon of football, great food, and entertainment in the hospitality box at St James Park.

Last October during National Dyslexia Week (7-13 October) Recite Me’s Marketing Manager Michael Halpin headed down to a Dyslexia North East opening evening to learn more about the great work they are doing to support young children.

Dyslexia North East was founded in 2005 by a group of teachers and a GP who attended a Specific Learning Difficulties Course at RGS School in Newcastle. The Group recognised that Parents and Carers in the North East had nowhere to turn to for help for children and adults with dyslexia. So they decided to start a Support Group for Parents and Children at RGS Junior School.

As part of the workshop evening and getting to know everyone and sharing stories, Recite Me wanted to congratulate the children on their great work and enthusiasm for wanting to learn more and develop. At the end of the evening, all the children’s names were placed into a box and with help from Liz Ferguson, Director at Dyslexia North East, three winners were chosen at random.

The three winners and one additional guest each would join the Recite Me team for the Newcastle United vs Norwich City match in the hospitality box at St James Park, including a mini-tour pitchside and a beautiful meal.

The day started two hours before kick-off where everyone met for a day of footy fun. Once settled in the box and everyone topped up with soft drinks and starters it was time to go pitchside. Escorted by NUFC staff team box 636 headed down to get a real feel for the matchday atmosphere and they even had the opportunity to sit in the home dugout.

Selfies and group photos taken the team headed back up to their seats for dinner. The match was ready to begin, all adults and children seated ready for kick-off soaking up the buzzing atmosphere around the stadium. After a slow first half, everyone was ready for a top-up of drinks and pudding. All of which went down a treat. The second half was underway and even the magic of Saint Maximin couldn’t break down the Norwich City defence. The game finished all square at 0-0.

At full time the children were lucky enough to spy Newcastle United star Matthew Longstaff and with Recite Me football’s in hand, they politely asked for them to be signed. Capping off a great day for everyone.

Recite Me would like to thank Newcastle United for their hospitality and Dyslexia North East for the amazing company.

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