Danny Simpson

Newcastle United right-back Danny Simpson took time out of his preparations for Manchester United to help a group of students on Thursday afternoon.

Fifteenn pupils from Dunston Riverside Primary School were at the Sports Direct Arena to take part in a United in Education workshop called Comic Life, and Simpson met the youngsters on a stadium tour to tell them all about how he prepares for matchdays, before taking them pitchside and then into the media suite for a question and answer session.

The Comic Life workshop saw students go on a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about their Magpies heroes and the home of Newcastle United, taking photos along the way. They then headed off the Learning Centre to create a computerised comic strip of their visit, which they took away as a memento of a memorable day.

"It was great to meet the kids and see how enthusiastic they were about being at the stadium," said Simpson.

"I tried to give thm an insight into what it is like to be a professional footballer, especially on match days, and hopefully that will have helped them with their work. I'm sure the comic strips they created were great."

Newcastle United Learning Centre is Newcastle United Foundation's state-of-the-art ICT suite situated inside the Sports Direct Arena. The Learning Centre is the venue for all Foundation's United in Education workshops which local schools can sign up to.

The Learning Centre accommodates up to 40 students, all workshops run for two hours, include a stadium tour and are delivered by experienced Newcastle United Foundation staff.

Targeting Key Stage 2 and 3, the Foundation's United in Education programme uses the football club to bring learning to life, helping pupils develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

Other workshops include Magpie Market, where students work in groups to form a business to create and sell a new range of football shirts, Really Retail to design a prototype of a new product for the Official Newcastle United Store and Perfect Player, examining the skills needed for different types of employment.

For more information or to book the Learning Centre, call the Foundation on 0844 372 1892 ext 8451, or email foundation@nufc.co.uk.