Pupils taken on Toon adventure by captain

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini with Holy Cross pupils.

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini with Holy Cross pupils.

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Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has been passing on his experiences to youngsters at a Wallsend school.

The Argentine star visited Holy Cross Primary School after being ‘recruited’ by supply-teaching agency First Class Supply as part of its sponsorship with the Toon Times project, an educational programme being delivered by Newcastle United Foundation.

As part of his visit, Coloccini joined in a football coaching session and looked back at some of United’s iconic football shirts with the children, comparing them to the brand new school kits generously donated to Holy Cross by First Class Supply.

Coloccini said: “It was great to come to the school and meet the children with the Newcastle United Foundation.

“Football is very important to the whole city so it is a privilege for the players to support events like this and to see our young fans.”

First Class Supply, formed by Whitley Bay-based co-founders and directors Stephanie Boulton and Lesley Robinson, is the third major backer of the Toon Times project.

Stephanie said: “As passionate supporters ourselves, we understand the powerful and positive influence that Newcastle United can have on young people in the city.

“Fabricio Coloccini was a fantastic part of the session.

“It was great to see the children so engaged and we look forward to even more pupils benefitting from Toon Times as it reaches schools across the region.”

As well as reaching schools, Toon Times is also the subject of an exhibition at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum running until October.

Launched in February with a star-studded event, the exhibition takes visitors on an interactive journey through the club’s history.