The Newcastle United Foundation is celebrating after receiving £250,000 from our players. The funding will help build stronger communities by boosting access to sport and volunteering.

The announcement was made during Newcastle United's home game against Huddersfield last weekend.

Judie McCourt, People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador, unveiled the landmark cheque from Postcode Sport Trust to Newcastle United Foundation patron Shola Ameobi on the St. James' Park pitch at half time.

With the support, the Foundation will be able to increase the coaching provided to LGBTQ team Newcastle Panthers, as well as developing a new 'Fit Club' for over 50s.

The funding will also allow the Foundation to expand its volunteering programme, building on an ever-growing pool of passionate volunteers, and developing initiatives to encourage social action in communities.

Sarah Medcalf, Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said, "We are incredibly grateful to players of People's Postcode Lottery for this generous support.

"This funding will allow Newcastle United Foundation to further its mission of building a better future for disadvantaged communities across our region. By creating even more opportunities for positive experiences built on involvement and inclusion, be that through sport or volunteering, we can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of thousands of our participants."

The Foundation's 'United Futures' programme, which will be supported with the funding, encourages more people to get active, developing their confidence to achieve a healthier life and reach their potential. Through accessible activities, people from all backgrounds and their families will meet and feel part of their community, improving both their mental and physical wellbeing.

Judie said, "It's been a real pleasure to come to St. James' Park to present Shola with this amazing £250,000 cheque, which is going to make a huge difference to Newcastle United Foundation over the coming year. The charity's work stretches far beyond football, helping to bring people in the community closer together to share a positive experience through sport."

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Judie McCourt was joined on the St. James' Park pitch by Newcastle United Foundation patron Shola Ameobi