Newcastle United helps struggling local football club to re-enter leagues

Thousands of good causes and charities globally have grown to new heights thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery

The United Futures programme includes Free Football sessions (Kicks) within the region.

There’s more to People’s Postcode Lottery than knocking on doors.

PPL has raised millions - £500m to be exact - for 7,500 charities and good causes, thanks to the support from its players.

This funding has transformed lives and communities in the UK and beyond, including Newcastle United Foundation, which is part of Newcastle United Football Club and takes the club into the community.

Since 2018, the foundation has received £250,000 and this has helped to fund the United Futures programme.

It has been a busy year as the programme includes seven areas, all reaching unique audiences.

Liam (far right) receiving the United as one award from the Newcastle united Foundation at their annual awards dinner.

From offering free and accessible football sessions for young girls to supporting Newcastle Panthers, a fully inclusive football team, the funding has been life-changing for many individuals.

Liam Hamilton from Darlington plays for Newcastle Panthers and says the team has recently been transformed.

NE1 Works jobs fayre as part of the United futures programme

“Before Newcastle United Foundation got involved we were struggling with numbers and we weren’t playing in leagues,” said Liam.

“Now we have weekly coaching sessions and we are in the position to re-enter leagues. We’ve also had more publicity and this has given the team a lot of confidence, not just in playing football but in everyday life, too.

"The proudest moment was receiving an award from Newcastle United Foundation, aimed at people who are raising awareness about equality in sport. It was really good for us to win such an award that recognises what we are doing is worth while."

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