A group of school children from Mountfield Primary school in Newcastle were given the chance to experience their first Newcastle United football match thanks to leading North East supply-teaching agency First Class Supply.
14 pupils, accompanied by their parent/guardian were invited to take part in a unique Toon Times 'My First Match' family learning experience centering around Newcastle United's home fixture against Aston Villa in February. They attended their very first match and on returning to school after the fixture, memories from both generations of fans where recorded and showcased to show how football can produce lifelong family memories for all those involved.
Loren Mcglen, a parent who took part in the experience, said:
"I enjoyed seeing the look on my son's face when we went into the stadium and when Newcastle scored. It was a great day out with my son. It was his first match and really enjoyed it and we would love to go again."
Lesley Robinson, director and founder of First Class Supply, said:
"The initiative was a way of thanking our partner schools for their continued support. I am delighted for the pupils at Mountfield Primary School who all enjoyed such a fantastic day out at St James's Park."
Newcastle United Foundation's Toon Times project is proudly supported by First Class Supply, The Premier League PFA Community Fund, Heritage Lottery and Tyne and Wear Museums. It uses the power of football to improve the literacy and learning techniques of children from across the region and provides five 'My First Match' experiences over the course of each Premier League season to disadvantaged groups who may not be able to attend a fixture at St James' Park due to financial constraints.
A major exhibition is also now open, free of charge, at the Discovery Museum as part of 'Toon Times' project. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .