Tuesday 22 October 2013
A community football club in the hometown of Sir Bobby Robson has been given a huge boost thanks to the Newcastle United Foundation.
Sacriston Community Football Club received a cheque from the Foundation for £3,848, funds that were raised as part of Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day on 10 August, when Newcastle played a pre-season friendly with against SC Braga.
"The day was all about showcasing football at grassroots level and what better way than to support Sir Bobby’s local junior team"
On that day there were 150 events across the country to celebrate the life in football of the former Newcastle and England manager.
The Foundation also provided match tickets for Sacriston and both Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini and Braga skipper Alan laid a wreath and a signed shirt at Sir Bobby's statue at St James' Park along with his widow Lady Elsie.
Tony Threlfall, the football development officer at the Foundation, presented the cheque to Sacriston secretary Fraser Reynolds and the under-11 team. The club have 15 teams ranging from under-6s to under-14s and the money will go towards converting a dilapidated school building into a club house for the use of the children and their parents.
"We are delighted to present Sacriston FC with proceeds raised from the pre-season friendly," Threlfall said. "The day was all about showcasing football at grassroots level and what better way than to support Sir Bobby’s local junior football team."
Reynolds expressed his appreciation to the Foundation to help the club that looks after about 160 children.
"We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for the cheque," he said. "The 150 tickets to the Braga match were also very generous and everybody had a great time."