A first class treat for academy pupils

Youngsters at The Northumberland Church of England Academy at St James's Park.
Youngsters at The Northumberland Church of England Academy at St James's Park.
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Pupils at a Northumberland academy have enjoyed a sporting opportunity of a life-time – thanks to the generosity of supply teaching agency and the Newcastle United Foundation.

First Class Supply (FCS) fulfilled the dreams of young Newcastle United fans at The Northumberland Church of England Academy who have enjoyed their first-ever football match at St James’ Park.

First Class Supply is the exclusive provider of Newcastle United Foundation’s ‘My First Match Experiences’, and gave 31 pupils from the Ashington-based academy the chance to see the Newcastle United vs Southampton game at St James’s Park.

The ‘My First Match’ initiative 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 session in school where they learned about Newcastle United’s heritage, as well as a post-match visit to review their experience.

Steph Boulton, co-director at First Class Supply, said: “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day out, which was both a lot of fun and educational as well.

“Attending football matches can be expensive, so we were delighted to be able to offer the tickets as a prize.”

Jack Christophers, Year 5 Teacher, said: “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day and I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved.

“Premier League matches in particular can be expensive so this is a fantastic scheme.”