Sammy Ameobi Foundation

Youth team graduate-turned first team player Sammy Ameobi joined Academy manager Joe Joyce earlier this week to help search for Newcastle United's stars of the future.

Newcastle United Foundation is running an initiative called Stars in Stripes, for promising boys aged between six and eight from primary schools in Newcastle and North Tyneside.

One-hundred-and-twenty-four young players have been signed up to the free four-week programme this summer, which links directly into Newcastle United`s youth development system and is supported by Northumberland FA.

And Ameobi, who came through the ranks at St. James' Park before making his first team debut away at Chelsea in May, was delighted to see it first hand alongside Academy boss Joyce.

"It's great that the Foundation are offering a scheme like this and great that I can come down and witness it myself," said the teenage forward.

"The kids are being offered the best possible environment to train in and quality coaching with it. That's a great combination and something which can only help the Club in the long-term."

The Foundation's football development manager Neil Winskill said: "This is an exciting new programme to offer advanced coaching to gifted and talented boys.

"Working closely with the Academy, we hope retain those boys who show strong potential within our youth structure, including the Academy's development centres or the Foundation's long-term player development squads to give them access to a quality coaching programme over the forthcoming season."

To find out more about the Foundation's football coaching programmes email foundation@nufc.co.uk">foundation@nufc.co.uk.