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Newcastle United giving twins a love of sport

9 Nov 2017
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Emma and Anna have gone from disliking PE to keen footballers with the help of Newcastle United Foundation and PL Primary Stars

Twin sisters Emma and Anna are keen footballers, taking part in tournaments at Newcastle United's training ground and playing for their local club, Blyth.

But they have not always had a love of sport.

"We aren't a sporting family at all and the girls probably picked up on that from us," explains their mum, Dawn. "They used to cry at PE."

Their attitude started to change when coaches from Newcastle United Foundation attended their school as part of Premier League Primary Stars.

"They seemed to have a new lease of life for sport," Dawn says. "They were joining in more, there were no tears, they started to say PE was their favourite lesson."

Emma (pictured top left) and Anna's (top right) improvement in PE was recognised by the Foundation and they were one of 128 children from seven primary schools who took part in the Foundation 1892 Cup at the Newcastle United Academy.

Anna and Emma (front), from Newcastle United Foundation's PL Primary Stars
Anna and Emma (front) received a PL Primary Stars Award at this week's NU Foundation fundraising dinner

The girls visited the dressing rooms, received Newcastle kit and met first-team manager Rafael Benitez.

"It rained the whole day, they were soaked through but it didn't stop them, it didn't dampen their spirits at all," says Dawn. "They were really getting into it. I had never seen it before in my life."

The impact of Newcastle United Foundation and PL Primary Stars has been significant, with Dawn noticing a difference in the girls off the pitch as well as on it.

"What they have learned so far has affected all aspects of their lives," she says. "Even in the classroom they have learnt to be more confident and a bit more resilient, which is a good life lesson to have. I just so proud of them."

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