United front on project to help students

First Class Supply directors Steph Boulton and Lesley Robinson with Newcastle United stars Steven Taylor and Adam Campbell, plus coach Peter Beardsley, at a Toon Times event.
First Class Supply directors Steph Boulton and Lesley Robinson with Newcastle United stars Steven Taylor and Adam Campbell, plus coach Peter Beardsley, at a Toon Times event.
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A WHITLEY Bay business is aiming to help give passionate young Newcastle United fans a boost both inside and outside the classroom.

First Class Supply, based in Whitley Road, has teamed up with the Newcastle United Foundation to sponsor ‘Toon Times’.

The project – launched last October – aims to give pupils at primary schools across North Tyneside, Newcastle, Northumberland and Gateshead a chance to learn more about football through the ages, while also helping boost their literacy, numeracy and class work.

A total of 430 primary schools and 12,000 pupils will be involved over the next three years, with company directors Steph Boulton and Lesley Robinson delighted to be involved.

The borough business, one of three sponsors alongside the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Premier League, help provide supply teachers to schools in the region, and believe those links can help make the project an even bigger success.

Lesley said: “We’re Newcastle United fans but we deal with teachers and schools so it’s very close to our hearts.

“Because we have such an affinity with Newcastle United, we wanted to invest in sponsorship to enable them to offer this fantastic opportunity for schools across the region; it’s almost like a thank you to the schools for their support.

“It’s nice to give something back to the schools. All the schoolchildren will benefit from this.

“The schools tell us they are delighted and can’t believe they will be involved in this.”

Toon Times will help pupils learn about the history of Newcastle United, how the club has grown over the years, the different footballs and boots used over the decades, and about some of the famous names to pull on the black and white strip.

Hundreds of pieces of memorabilia has been collected, which will be used when the workshops visit schools in the borough.

There will also be competitions for pupils to win tickets to matches, signed footballs and strips, stadium tours and potential visits to schools by first team players.

Any borough schools interested in getting involved in Toon Times should contact First Class Supply via www.firstclasssupply.co.uk