Club sponsor, Wonga, named a special boy as their mascot for the Barclay's Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace.
Daniel Hayton, aged 8, from Cramlington is visually impaired, and attends Newcastle United Foundation's Visually Impaired Football Club. A keen footballer, he has attended the project for two years, growing in confidence throughout this time. The Magpie fan is able to fully participate in the Wednesday evening sessions, something not always achievable in mainstream school sports sessions.
Daniel's skills, confidence and ability to listen and carry out instructions have improved greatly throughout the years; with Daniel overcoming shyness to make him an integral part of the team. This culminated in him playing in the Annual British Blind Sports VI Football competition last year, where he was selected as player of the tournament in an under 12 competition, receiving his trophy from Sir Bobby Charlton.
Daniel's achievements, at such a young age, prompted Newcastle United Foundation to nominate him for the unique reward. Proud mother, Brenda Hayton, described Daniel's excitement on the day:
"It was like a dream come true for Daniel. He had an absolutely fabulous time and enjoyed every minute."
"He was thrilled he was able to go on with his most favourite player, Cisse and was delighted when he scored."
Newcastle United Foundation runs Disability Football Coaching sessions at venues across the North East. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.