Dan Gosling

Magpies midfielder Dan Gosling has made a £5,000 donation to the Newcastle United Foundation to boost the charity's grassroots coaching across the North-East.

Gosling's generous contribution, which is part of the player's personal commitment to aiding players of the future, will help to buy kit and training equipment including balls, bibs and cones for the Foundation's dedicated coaching sessions, which reach 36,000 young people in the region every year.

The 24-year-old was at St. Peter's Church of England School, in Wallsend, on Thursday to formally hand over equipment, as well as joining in a coaching session with local children.

Devon-born Gosling has also made a donation to his hometown junior club Brixham United.

"I'm very proud to support the Newcastle United Foundation and grassroots football in general," said Gosling.

"It wasn't too long ago that I was an aspiring young player myself and I was grateful for every coaching opportunity I had growing up.

"The work the Newcastle United Foundation does in the local community week in, week out, is inspiring and, while I'm happy that I'm able to make a difference financially, I'm really pleased to be at sessions like this to see that work for myself."

Kate Bradley, head of the Newcastle United Foundation, said: "We are thrilled that our coaching programme is benefitting from Dan's donation and we'd like to extend our sincere thanks to him.

"The Newcastle United Foundation relies on independent fundraising and the generosity of donors so these vital funds will go a long way for us."

The Newcastle United Foundation coaches 700 girls and boys each week, with sessions for able-bodied and disabled young people in school, after school and at weekends.

Kate added: "New kit is essential for such a busy coaching programme. Our staff work seven days a week to deliver coaching right across the community with the aim of getting kids to be more active more often by playing football.

"The football club and the Foundation are committed to making sure promising players receive the coaching they need to progress and enjoy their football so we hope this will help more talented youngsters to reach the Club's Academy, our Girls Player Development Centre and Disability Player Development Centres or simply their local junior club."

To find out more about the Newcastle United Foundation and how it is improving the lives of 50,000 people in the local community each year, visit www.nufc.co.uk/foundation.