Shane Ferguson and Davide Santon

United stars David Santon and Shane Ferguson met a group of 15 young people who are taking part in an initiative this week called Get Started with Football.

On Tuesday, the full-backs helped Newcastle United Foundation coaches put the youngsters through their paces, took part in a question and answer session, and then happily obliged with numerous photos and autographs.

Newcastle United Foundation is delivering the programme on behalf of leading youth charity The Prince's Trust at Walker Activity Dome. The young people, who are all unemployed or not in training or education, are learning about possible careers in sporting coaching and how they can volunteer in their local community to gain coaching experience.

At the end of this week the group will have learned valuable coaching skills from professional coaches at the Foundation, and will know how to deliver safe football sessions for children. They will also gain a Sports Leaders qualification to add to their CV.

Once the course is finished they will then receive three months support from The Prince's Trust to help them move into education, training or employment

Steve Mack, project co-ordinator for The Prince's Trust Get Started programme, said: "The lads have done really well this week and have been fully committed to the programme.

"The work we do with The Prince's Trust is very rewarding and I was delighted that Davide and Shane were able to come along and actively take part in the coaching."

John Campbell, who took part in the course, added: "I've been unemployed for a while and when I discovered this course was on so was keen to get involved as it might help with my development.

"It's proved very worthwhile as it's helped raise my self esteem and hopefully point me in the right direction to becoming a local community volunteer coach and assist with my career development.

"Having two Newcastle United players along was tremendous too as it shows the Club really cares about what is going on in the community."

Ferguson said: "The players are always very happy to support our Foundation and Davide and myself were very impressed with both the quality of the coaching work we saw and also the respect, attitude and commitment the group showed."

Newcastle United Foundation works in partnership with The Prince's Trust on a number of initiatives to help disadvantaged young people into employment or training.