Wednesday 07 May 2014
Newcastle United's Dan Gosling has given grassroots coaching in the community of the club a big boost by donating money to Newcastle United Foundation.
The midfielder made a £5,000 donation, part of his personal commitment to aiding players of the future, and the money will help to buy kit and training equipment including balls, bibs and cones for the Foundation's dedicated coaching sessions which reach 36,000 young people in the region every year.
As well as supporting the Foundation, Gosling has also made a donation to his home-town junior club Brixham United, in Devon.
"New kit is essential for such a busy coaching programme"
He was at St Peter's Church of England Primary School in Wallsend, Newcastle, last week to formally hand over equipment, as well as joining in a coaching session with local children.
"I'm very proud to support the Newcastle United Foundation and grassroots football in general," Gosling said. "It wasn't too long ago that I was an aspiring young player myself and I was grateful for every coaching opportunity that I had growing up.
"The work the Newcastle United Foundation does in the local community week in week out is inspiring and, while I’m happy that I'm able to make a difference financially, I'm really pleased to be at sessions like this to see that work for myself."
Kate Bradley, head of the Newcastle United Foundation, expressed her gratitude to Gosling.
"The Newcastle United Foundation relies on independent fundraising and the generosity of donors to help it coach 700 girls and boys each week, able-bodied and disabled young people in school, after school and at weekends so these vital funds will go a long way for us," she said. "New kit is essential for such a busy coaching programme.
"The football club and the Foundation are committed to making sure promising players receive the coaching they need to progress and enjoy their football so we hope this will help more talented youngsters to reach the club's Academy, our Girls Player Development Centre and Disability Player Development Centres or simply their local junior club."