By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Two Club Members were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity last week as they received a coaching session from three United stars.
Dutch international Vurnon Anita, England Under 21 winger Sammy Ameobi and promising young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick put fans Greg Mason and Toby Davies through their paces, along with Newcastle United Foundation coaches Robbie Welch and Ross Flintoft, at the Magpies' Benton-based Training Centre.
It was all part of the prize for November's Money-Can't-Buy competition, exclusively for Members.
Greg and Toby went behind the scenes at United's headquarters, having a guided tour before watching the squad train under the supervision of manager Alan Pardew.
Then, once training was finished, the Members received their own skills session courtesy of Anita and Ameobi where, following a warm-up, they went through some shooting practice, free-kick taking, penalties and a crossbar challenge to finish.
Greg told nufc.co.uk: "On the day I was a little nervous but as soon as I arrived at the training ground, all the players and staff I encountered were very friendly which immediately put me at ease.
"The players went out on the training pitch to warm up, and Alan Pardew came over and chatted to us for five minutes, which was great.
"We watched the first team train for an hour-and-a-half and a number of the players took time out to chat to us when there were breaks in training.
"I was then presented with a shirt signed by the Newcastle United squad and staff, and the whole day was an unbelievable experience - probably one of the best things I've ever had the opportunity to do.
"It really was a Money-Can't-Buy experience."
Toby added: "My dad and I got to spend around 45 minutes in the bitter cold watching the final preparations for the weekend's game and seeing the team doing some attacking and defensive moves.
"After a while, it was time to do our own training, so we moved onto the indoor pitch and got kitted out. We had a quick warmup from the coaches and then Sammy Ameobi and Vurnon Anita made their way over to help us out.
"I can't deny, it was a bit intimidating to see them both slot away their first shots, but after I got one safely on target it was just a great laugh from then on. Both of the guys got really involved and gave us a few lay-offs, and helped to ease the mood by screwing a few shots wide themselves too.
"We took some penalties as well and then finally did a quick free-kick session, which is when you really notice how well they strike it.
"All in all I was pleased to get a couple past Jak Alnwick and it was terrific to see the professionals up close. The day was finally completed with a couple of brief chats with Shola and Alan Pardew as he walked over to a press conference.
"Overall it was a great day."
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