Dan Gosling and Gabriel Obertan

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Newcastle United duo Dan Gosling and Gabriel Obertan went back to school on Tuesday to help youngsters get Match Fit.

The midfielders visited New Hartley First School, in Northumberland, passing on their tips about healthy eating and keeping fit to pupils who are learning about how to lead a fit and active lifestyle

It was all part of Newcastle United Foundation's Match Fit programme, which aims to improve nutritional knowledge, fitness levels and football skills through classroom-based lessons and fun football sessions outdoors.

Each pupil receives training from Newcastle United Foundation coaches, who use examples from the first team diet and fitness regime to reinforce key messages about eating well and keeping fit and active.

The project was first launched in ten schools in the East End of Newcastle in 2008 and has since grown to become a flagship project in the region, joining a partnership of agencies aiming to tackle the rise childhood obesity.

Gosling said: "Coming here and talking to the pupils about our routines and diet was really fun and hopefully can help them in some way.

"The Foundation's programme is an excellent one and is a good base for the youngsters to get involved in sport at an early age.

"Hopefully there will be one or two coming through as top sportsmen or women in years to come."