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'We never thought we would be role models'

25/04/2017
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The Dack twins explain how they have been helped by the PL Kicks and the Newcastle United Foundation

Football-loving twins Courtney and Nicole Dack are two of the star coaches for Newcastle United Foundation's Premier League Kicks project.

However, it was not the path that they were thinking before joining the programme four years ago.

"I was just playing football, going out with my friends or doing nothing and sitting about," says Courtney.

In 2013, the club they played for put the twins forward to volunteer at a girls football session run by the Foundation and it was there that they met Foundation project co-ordinator Laura Wilson.

"We were really shy and when she first suggested that we got involved with PL Kicks we didn't want to. But after lots of encouragement we decided to try it."

The girls started out as participants on Friday nights at Westgate in Newcastle but thanks to their talent and enthusiasm, they quickly progressed.

"We loved playing football and learning more about our community. Our confidence grew loads. We got to represent Newcastle United in PL Kicks tournaments in the UK, which we won, and even in Belgium. We had some amazing experiences."

See: Newcastle United Foundation's annual report

With encouragement from Laura, the pair took their futsal coaching badges as well as a refereeing qualification.

"This meant we could earn money as well as contributing to volunteer at Kicks. We did this for a year and then were given sessional coaching contracts with the Foundation - that was massive for us!"

PL Kicks Cup 2015, Newcastle United celebrate
Courtney and Nicole Dack helped Newcastle United win the PL Kicks Cup as players in 2015 and coached the girls team to success in 2016

The twins now coach at the PL Kicks project that has been launched in Byker, the area they are from, where they can help young people who are in the same position they were years ago.

"In Byker we already know what some of the kids have gone through, so we try and do stuff for them.

"People on the estate used to say: 'oh, there's the twins...' and now they say: 'there's the twins that do the football for the kids.' It mades us feel really good.

"We never thought we would be role models. We can't believe how far we've come."

See: Newcastle United Foundation celebrates unsung heroes

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