Expert help on offer to budding sport stars

Newcastle United's Jeff Henderson, front left, and Newcastle Falcon Tom Catterick, front right, with the first students from NCEAsport
Newcastle United's Jeff Henderson, front left, and Newcastle Falcon Tom Catterick, front right, with the first students from NCEAsport
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AN Ashington school is drafting in expert help in helping its students fulfil their sporting potential.

The Northumberland Church of England Academy has launched its NCEAsport programme with assistance from Newcastle United’s Jeff Henderson and Newcastle Falcons fly-half Tom Catterick.

The sportsmen called in at the academy’s Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington to meet some sporting stars of the future.

The two players joined students in the gym for a question-and-answer session.

The programme gives sixth-formers the chance to learn from coaches including ex-Falcon Andy Buist, and gives the students the chance to develop their sporting ability in a competitive environment.

Andy Blight, the academy’s new director of sport, said: “NCEAsport is an exciting opportunity for young people based around the sports of football, rugby and cricket initially.

“We will be building this into a wide portfolio of sports as we develop the programme.

“All areas offer personalised coaching and opportunities to compete within the region and nationally.

“We are always looking for talented young sports people to take advantage of this opportunity and join NCEAsport.”

The students will work in association with clubs such as Newcastle United, Newcastle Falcons and Ashington’s football, rugby and cricket clubs.