On Sunday 18th May 2014 a representative Newcastle United Foundation team travelled to the Amaechi Basketball Centre, Manchester to take part in a National 3v3 Basketball competition against 12 other Premier League clubs.
The five students selected to represent the Foundation all recently attended trials at Sports Central, Northumbria University. the five chosen were selected by Newcastle Eagles coaches out of a group of 45.
All five attend a weekly Premier League 4 Sport Basketball satellite club that take place at St Thomas More School, Churchill Community College, Marden High School and St Mary's School, delivered by Newcastle Eagles Community Coaches.
Newcastle started the day very strongly and breezed through their group games with victories against Manchester United, Wigan, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday. In an entertaining final the black and whites faced Blackburn Rovers and came out on top 7v3 to lift the trophy and crown a memorable day for players, coaches and supporters.
Susan Hunter England Basketball, Basketball Participation Coordinator said:
"The players did themselves proud today. They acted and behaved in such a good manner and represented Newcastle brilliantly. Not only did they get on well as a team but also made friends with players from other clubs. They are an absolute credit to their schools and the PL4S programme"
Theo Riley who represented the Foundation and attends Marden High School said:
"Today has been an amazing experience. It has tested my basketball skills both mentally and physically. To win the tournament was brilliant, hopefully this programme will continue and I will be able to come back next year"
Gil Soniega who attends St Thomas More School and was a member of the squad said:
"I went to the tournament last year where we lost every game. From losing every game to winning the tournament has been the best feeling ever."
PL4S Coordinator Lisa Bell added:
"The students and the Eagles coaching staff have been fantastic since basketball become part of the PL4S programme three years ago and today is reward for the dedication they show on a weekly basis at their individual satellite sessions. To win a national event where 13 Premier League clubs were all competing is a fantastic achievement for everyone concerned."