Match of the day for pupils

Youngsters from a Wallsend school enjoyed the trip of a lifetime to watch their favourite football team.

Pupils at Carville Primary School took in their first football match at St James’ Park thanks to supply teaching agency First Class Supply and the Newcastle United Foundation.

The school was randomly picked out of the draw of partner schools to win 25 tickets to see Newcastle United take on Leicester City.

The My First Match Experience is aimed at children who have not had the opportunity to attend a professional football match.

In addition to watching the game, pupils enjoyed a pre-match stadium visit where they learned about Newcastle United’s heritage, as well as a post-match visit for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Lesley Robinson, director and founder of First Class Supply, said: “The pupils all enjoyed a great day out. It’s a tremendous experience.

“Attending football matches can be a costly affair, so we were more than happy to offer the tickets as a prize. I would like to thank the Newcastle United Charitable Foundation for allowing us to offer this initiative to our schools.”

Headteacher Paula Richardson said: “I am very pleased that our relationship with First Class Supply has benefited the children in the school.

“We work with the Newcastle United Foundation in school and it was lovely to be able to offer children an opportunity to view a football match. The children said that their favourite part of the match was when Newcastle scored and they could celebrate this with their friends.”

Andrew Foster, project manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the My First Match experiences exclusively through First Class Supply for this current season.

“Our partnership continues to go from strength to strength and this is another fantastic initiative we can work together on. Feedback from the families involved was excellent and they all really enjoyed their first visit to a Newcastle United match.”