Naomi picks up learner award at celebration

Chi Onwuhra, MP, with Naomi Nicholson from Bedlington Station Primary.
Chi Onwuhra, MP, with Naomi Nicholson from Bedlington Station Primary.

A schoolgirl from Bedlington has won a special award as part of a football course.

Naomi Nicholson received the Young Learner of the Year award at Newcastle United Foundation’s fourth annual Family Football celebration.

More than 200 families from Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside attended the special presentation evening at St James’ Park.

Over the past 12 months, the foundation has delivered 30 courses in local schools and community venues. A total of 551 people completed a course and a further 601 took part in learning workshops.

Newcastle upon Tyne Central MP Chi Onwuhra and Coun Rob Higgins were in attendance to hand out awards to each school and to four special award winners.

These four included Naoimi, who attends Bedlington Station Primary School.

Project manager, Andy Foster said: “It is fantastic to celebrate the achievements of every family who has taken part.

“Our thanks go to Newcastle City Learning, Gateshead Council and North Tyneside Council, the Big Lottery Fund and Premier League Charitable Fund plus every school, teacher and family who have participated this year.”

The project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund from 2009 to early 2013.

The Premier League Charitable Fund has recently awarded the foundation £120,000, which means the project can continue for a further two years.