Pic Special: New Experience For Stars

Newcastle stars Danny Simpson and Steve Harper and legend Peter Beardsley experienced blind football at a Newcastle United Foundation event on Tuesday which saw 41 visually impaired children - 12 of which attend their weekly Wednesday evening club at Benfield Sports Centre - learn more about the sport.

Great Britain Head coach Tony Larkin, coach Jonathan Pugh and players Dan English,Owen Bainbridge and Lee Brunton showcased the session aimed at encouraging participation amongst the youngsters, and the Magpies trio all joined in.

Mr Larkin said: "As part of the legacy of the London Paralympics, it was fantastic that they took two days out of their diary to come to visually impaired grassroots football in the North-East of England. Newcastle United were great too and the lads were genuinely chuffed to meet Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and Peter Beardsley."

Harper added: "The skills the lads possess were incredible considering their handicap and myself and Danny have nothing but praise for them. We tried with the blindfolds on and, make no mistake, it's just amazing what they're able to do. We wish them every success with their future tournaments and hope our Foundation can encourage more grassroots participation in this field."

And Simpson said: "I've done a lot of community events but this one was particularly noteworthy and enjoyable as it proved extremely beneficial to the local youngsters who took part."

Lee Brunton said: "This was a great event and we were delighted to come along and help out the local youngsters. Anything we can do to raise awareness of blind and visually impaired children is a pleasure for us." Bringing nufc.co.uk this gallery was Club Photographer Ian Horrocks.

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