Club sponsor, Wonga, named a very special boy as their mascot for the Barclays Premier League Tottenham Hotspur match on Wednesday.
Harry Brown, aged 11, from Chester Le Street, who has Down's Syndrome, attends Newcastle United Foundation's Down's Syndrome Disability Football Sessions. A keen footballer, Harry has attended the activity for 18 months and made many friends in that time. Running on a Tuesday evening 6:30pm-7:30pm the session helps over 22 participants each week, providing fun and enjoyment through games, technical work and small-sided games.
Reggie Dornan, Disability Football Development Officer, who works closely with Harry each session, has been impressed with Harry's progress stating:
"Harry is one of the youngest members of the group, but has grown in confidence and ability, resulting in him being chosen for our team to compete in the national Premier League Down's Syndrome tournament."
It is Harry's great ability, along with his fun loving attitude, which prompted Newcastle United Foundation to nominate Harry to receive the unique reward from Wonga.
Dad, Gavin Brown, was delighted to describe the moment his son stepped out onto the pitch for the pre- match handshakes:
"I was extremely proud to watch Harry step out onto the pitch. It was lovely seeing him taking the experience in his stride and meeting his favourite players; something that he has always wanted to do."
The moment was made even more special for Harry, a season ticket holder, as his whole family were there to cheer him on from the stands. The Newcastle United fan was able to meet his idols in the dressing room before the match, making him a celebrity amongst his friends.
Newcastle United Foundation runs Disability Football Coaching sessions at numerous locations across the North East. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org