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Volunteers from the Newcastle United Foundation help to keep young children and adolescents engaged during lockdown.

Keeping children entertained during lockdown holidays was an added challenge this month for many families, but 10,000 young people were supported thanks to half-term activity packs provided by Newcastle United and the official charity arm of the club, Newcastle United Foundation.

Dozens of Foundation volunteers used their own transport to support deliveries to schools and community centers across the city over the two weeks of vacation.

The packages, developed by Newcastle City Council and partners, catered to younger age groups as well as adolescents and included sports equipment, puzzle books, telephone chargers, family games, advice on mental well-being and activity booklets.

“Steve Beharall, head of the Foundation, told the official Newcastle website, “We know that younger generations are missing their school routines, socializing with friends and seeing family members at such a pivotal stage in their education and development.

“Our Foundation is dedicated to supporting everyone across the North East and we will continue to serve communities most in need in any way we can throughout this pandemic and beyond.”

Critical aid
Newcastle is one of a number of Premier League clubs providing support through additional provisions for those in need across their local areas.

As part of its Fans FC program, Sheffield United reached out to those affected by cancer during the lockdown by distributing care packages.

Elsewhere, West Ham United, Arsenal and Leyton Orient’s community arms have partnered with their local NHS Advantage Trusts program, created to support young Londoners with pandemic-induced mental health issues.

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