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Magpies boss, Alan Pardew, and two of his
star players, Papiss Cissé and CheickTioté,
paid a visit to theWalker Activity Dome in
Newcastle uponTyne to present a cheque
for £338,819 on behalf of the PLCFF.
A joint bid by the council’s Leisure Services
and Newcastle United Foundation
(NUF) secured the grant from the newly
established PLCFF to pay for another round
of improvements at ‘The Dome.’
After casting his eye over some of the local
talent who enjoyed a kick about with Cissé
andTioté, Pardew remarked:
“Facilities such
as this mean [the NUF] can do so much
more in the region, and you never know,
maybe unearth the Premier League stars
of tomorrow.”
The money will allow improvements to
be made to the main hall, including new
lighting, a new playing surface and accessible
changing facilities.
The investment will also help fund a football
development programme in partnership
with Newcastle United Foundation –
helping to increase sports participation in
theWalker area.
Speaking toThe Newcastle Journal’s Neil
Cameron on the day, Pardew remarked:
“I was only talking the other day about
English footballers and the lack of them
coming to the top level. Facilities like this
one are great because the young kids can
have the ball at their feet and play in all
weather.These pitches can be used non-
stop. It’s a fantastic facility.
“Fortunately, with the finances that do
come into the Premier League, there are
sufficient funds to spread it down – and
thank God for that.These facilities, with
the lighting and somewhere you can get
changed and keep warm, all helps.
“This gives them a chance to play with
the ball at their feet, which really helps.
We don’t do enough of that, which is the
reason we don’t have the technical players
we should have. But it is difficult to play
football and improve on skills when there
are no pitches. It’s as simple as that.”
trio announce PLCFF
funding for the city
Newcastle United
The PLCFF, funded by the Premier League and delivered by the
Football Foundation, is open to all football club community-led
organisations from the Premier League, Football League, and Football
Conference, including the Conference North and South Divisions.
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