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Gayle to be Newcastle's disability ambassador

23 Aug 2017
Dwight Gayle, Newcastle United

The Newcastle striker will help project that works with over 2,300 participants in the North East

Newcastle United Foundation has announced Dwight Gayle as its ambassador for Disability Football.

The Newcastle United striker approached the Foundation’s Disability Development Officer, Reggie Dornan, at the end of last season about how he could support the Foundation’s work with disabled children and has since met the charity’s PowerChair and DS Active players.

The Foundation’s Disability programme works with over 2,378 participants, delivering free weekly training sessions for children and adults including visually impaired, deaf, blind, amputee, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, powerchair and frame football.

The programme is supported by the Premier League/BT Disability Fund.

“I was interested to see what the Foundation did for people with disabilities and when I went to see some of the football sessions I was really impressed,” Gayle said.

“The opportunities for the players are fantastic and the coaches are really committed to getting the best out of everyone on the pitch.”

Reggie Dornan, Newcastle United Foundation Disability Development Officer, was grateful for Gayle’s support.

“The players love it when he comes to sessions,” Dornan said. “His presence has a really positive impact on the players we’re developing.”

See: PowerChair team promoted to Premier Division

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