United brothers among community creating lasting legacy

Newcastle United duo Sean and Matty Longstaff have signed up to lasting legacy for the community.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 9:00 am
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 10:29 am
Sean and Matty Longstaff sign a steel beam with their well wishes and signatures at the new NUCASTLE site.

The North Shields brothers were among dozens of guests – including fellow players, Foundation participants and patrons, investors, partners and trustees – to leave their legacy at the site of multi-million pound community hub, NUCASTLE, in Newcastle’s West End.

Newcastle United Foundation – official charity arm of Newcastle United – invited Foundation supporters to attend the construction site and sign structural pillars.

Robertson Construction has completed the foundations and steel frame that form the Foundation’s state-of-the-art facility providing an accessible and inclusive centre for learning, recreation, exercise, personal development and community work.

The NUCASTLE Steel Signing Ceremony at Murray House.

Although the signatures will be not be visible when the building completes, each attendee at the steel signing has become a permanent part of the legacy of the building.

Steve Beharall, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “The community and the people we support are at the heart of everything we do at the Foundation and they’re the reason why we have worked for so many years to secure funding to bring NUCASTLE to life.

“Investments from so many like-minded individuals and organisations and the dedication of contractors working on site have helped us to reach this major milestone in our charity’s journey.

“We are thrilled to share the progress on site so far and we hope everyone united by our Foundation is just as excited as us about the incredible opportunities NUCASTLE will facilitate in the future.”

Sean, an official ambassador for Newcastle United Foundation, said: “It’s amazing to see the development at NUCASTLE so far, especially as we know how important the finished building is going to be to people around the city and from all over the area.

“It’s great to know as well that there will be a purpose-built place for communities to use so close to St. James’ Park. I’m very proud to be part of the Foundation and to represent them and their work in my home area.”

The next phase of NUCASTLE’s build will see the completion of concrete floor slabs and the commencement of the structural framing system.

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It’s great to see this facility making progress after all of the hard work that has gone into making it a reality so far. We’re really pleased to have been able to provide some of the funding via the Football Foundation from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.

“This amazing new community hub will provide a much needed space for grassroots sport, allowing more people from across Newcastle to gain health, mental wellbeing and social benefits from getting involved. It will also provide a welcome boost to the local economy. We’re excited to see this vision continue to take shape over the next year and look forward to the opening!”

By March 2022, the innovative three-story hub will become a landmark venue attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually, with children, young people, adults and elderly residents able to access a range of world-class facilities.

A spectacular 4G rooftop pitch offering views of St. James’ Park will top off NUCASTLE’s four digital suites, specialist STEM classroom, high-tech digital hub, smart fitness suite, sports hall and accessible changing areas, event and meeting spaces.