Newcastle United Foundation Patron Steve Harper dropped in to play football with a group of young disabled footballers recently.

Harper's surprise visit saw him join in a game with the Foundation's Visually Impaired team who are preparing for the under 13 national championships next week in Birmingham. The team won the tournament two years ago and were runners up last year.

The former Newcastle United goalkeeper, who is currently signed to Barclays Premier League club Hull City, also met a group of footballers with Cerebral Palsy.

Last September, Steve Harper's 20 Year Charity Match raised £327,833 for six North East charities including Newcastle United Foundation who have used a proportion of the funds to take on staff members delivering disability football sessions. As a thank you for his generosity the Foundation also asked him become a Patron.

Steve said:

"It was my pleasure to visit the Walker Activity Dome to see the fantastic work of Newcastle United Foundation's 'Football for All' project.

"Providing the opportunity for young people with disabilities to play football is a vital part of the superb work that the Foundation does.

"I enjoyed meeting and joining in with both the Visually Impaired group and the Cerebral Palsy sessions and I was impressed with the standard of their play and even more so to see how much they all enjoyed the opportunity to play provided by the Foundation"

Newcastle United Foundation's Football for All project gives 164 disabled young footballers the chance to play football every week after school with another 500 children playing in school time. The Foundation has established a number of teams who wear the black and white strip and represent Newcastle United including Down's Syndrome, Wheel Chair Football, Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy.

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, please visit www.nufc.co.uk/foundation.