Newcastle United’s Steven Taylor opens new Whitley Bay football pitch – Video

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NEWCASTLE United defender Steven Taylor returned to his old school to open their new £200,000 3G football pitch.

Taylor, who’s currently recovering from a serious injury in a bid to be fit for the 2012/13 season, went back to Valley Garden’s Middle School in Whitley Bay to do the honours after attending the school as a boy.

Newcastle United's Steven Taylorat Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay.

Newcastle United's Steven Taylorat Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay.

He spent time with the children on the pitch, offering them some pointers and even got involved in a game of cricket on the pitch, which can be used after hours by members of the public.

The centre-half said: “I’m jealous really, it’s a fantastic facillity and certainly miles better than anything I had when I was at the school.

“Hopefully it’ll give the football team here a big boost, because they’ve always had good teams here and you never know, maybe it’ll help one of them become a professional player in the future.”

To see Steven Taylor opening the new pitch, click on the video above...