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10 October 2018

Newcastle United Foundation and Robertson strike up community partnership

Newcastle United Foundation and Robertson strike up community partnership

Newcastle United Foundation and Robertson have launched a community enterprise programme in Newcastle and Gateshead to help local children develop their personal and social skills.

Pupils from Walker Riverside Academy, Benfield School, Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School and Joseph Swan Academy will participate in a bespoke programme that will see them awarded an Award Scheme Development & Accreditation Network (ASDAN) qualification upon completion.

The programme will run over the course of the 2018/19 football season, with the Foundation and Robertson delivering a range of workshops designed to give young people an insight into the range of exciting career opportunities available in facilities management.

The programme was launched this week at St James' Park, with representatives from the participating schools, Newcastle United Foundation and Robertson all in attendance.

Speaking at the launch, Andrew Foster, School Partnership Manager at Newcastle United Foundation added, "Enterprise education is a key aspect of our schools programmes. It's so important that pupils get a broad understanding of the careers that are out there for them to pursue and that's a big part of what this partnership will be working towards.

"I want to say a huge thank you to Robertson for joining us as a partner for the very first time and I'm incredibly excited to see the impact the partnership will have on our Enterprise programme."

The uniquely created programme will culminate in pupils from each of the participating schools taking part in a kitchen takeover, which will see them compete against each other whilst cooking up dishes for their fellow pupils and teachers.

Melanie Vasey, Operations Manager at Robertson Facilities Management, said: "We are delighted to have formed this new partnership with the Newcastle United Foundation, which will help benefit children in the local community.

"The bespoke programme has been developed to give the opportunity for pupils to develop their practical and personal skills. The Robertson team is excited to be involved in the delivery of a fantastic range of activities that will culminate with each pupil being awarded with a recognised qualification award."

Newcastle United Foundation is an independent registered charity supported by Newcastle United Football Club. It exists to take the club into the local community and uses the local passion for football to make a difference and help people achieve their goals, on the pitch, in the classroom, in life.

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