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Happy Birthday to the Newcastle United Foundation

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the Ten Year Anniversary of the Newcastle United Foundation at the House of Lords. Lord Jeremy Beecham, previously the Leader of Newcastle City Council and still a season ticket holder at St. James’ Park invited me on behalf of Newcastle United Supporters Trust.
As you’d expect security was high getting into the venue but once inside there was a room full of people interested in what happens at Newcastle United and some who were doing great work in the local community on behalf of the Foundation.
The event was hosted by Lord Beecham, with Jonathan Edwards, from the world of athletics, performing the role of Master of Ceremonies.
A number of high profile guests were in attendance including representatives from the Premier League, Lee Charnley and Bob Moncur from the club and Foundation Trustees, and Patrons Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi who both spoke about the work of the Foundation.
They best speeches were by Foundation project participants Ally, Silke, and Chloe – who have been supported by the Community, Employability, and Disability programmes- who told their stories about how Newcastle United Foundation has positively affected their lives.
The event celebrated a decade since the Foundation began helping disadvantaged young people in the North East – raising more than £13.5 million in 10 years.
Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: ‘For the last ten years the Foundation have been using football as a means to touch the lives of thousands of participants who benefit from our projects.’
‘Last year alone more than 50,000 people were directly impacted by one of our programmes. This event is a celebration of how far we have come, but it’s also a chance to reflect on our plans for the future and how we can continue to help more people in our region.’
The Trust has been campaigning for some time for Newcastle United to promote itself as a “Community Club”. By this we mean :
a club that will work with supporters on fans issues and will recognize their value as the long term custodians of the club, a club that will work with our MPs, the city council and local businesses to play its part in regenerating our area rather than simply billboarding a national sports retailer,a club that will work with local football clubs and schools to develop local talent and keep that talent in the North East, a club that says we can compete, we will compete, we don’t reward mediocrity, we strive for excellence and to be the best we can be in everything we do.
We think the work being done by the Foundation demonstrates a real commitment to strengthening the links between the club and the Tyneside community. Check out some of the great work done by the Foundation here

Everton -v- Newcastle Rescheduled

At a meeting with Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive on Tuesday I discussed, amongst other things, the problems Newcastle fans have suffered this season from games being rescheduled for TV. We acknowledge that geography means we will travel further than any other fans over a season but late changes to the fixtures can mean serious travel problems and short notice changes can mean extra travel and accommodation costs.
Richard Scudamore assured the meeting that there was always consideration given to what it would mean to fans when a game is chosen for TV. We were sceptical because history doesn’t seem to support what he says. Despite how complicated he made it sound, there was some acceptance on both sides that everyone in the process tries to be as reasonable as possible.
Fast forward two days to Thursday and the news breaks that our game against Everton on Saturday 21st April at 3.00p.m. has been moved for TV to Monday 23rd at 8.00p.m. Monday night games always involve travel problems for our fans but we put up with it to follow the Toon. It feels like someone is taking the p**s when they wait until after tickets have been sold before they reschedule. Fans have already made travel and / or accommodation arrangements for the week-end based on a Saturday game which is now on Monday night.
So, who’s to blame for this?
Nothing was said by the Premier League representatives when we were discussing the TV schedules. It’s difficult to believe they didn’t know the April fixtures were under review.The broadcasters chose yet another Newcastle away game and rescheduled it for a Monday night. Not only do fans now face difficult travel arrangements many will have to take time off work. The club agreed to the revised fixture knowing that they’d already sold tickets and it would cause fans major problems.
The Trust has already taken this up with the Premier League fans group and the Football Supporters Federation. We’ll be asking the club to use the TV money it receives to compensate fans for travel and accommodation costs incurred by a Monday night game. So far they’ve only suggested that tickets that cannot be used will be reimbursed.
This demonstrates more clearly than ever that the vested interests, some may say outright greed, of the Premier League, the broadcasters and the clubs will always trump the inconvenience suffered and costs incurred by the fans. They will eventually kill their own golden goose when fans reach the point where they’ve had enough.
Football is nothing without fans.

Who are we?

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust is not a protest group, but a positive force for change.

We seek to benefit our football club and its supporters by channeling the passion of its loyal supporters into a forward-thinking non-profit organisation that is a legally constituted, democratic, not-for-profit Supporters Trust.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) seeks to benefit both the Football Club and its supporters by channeling the passion of Newcastle supporters into a forward-thinking organisation that is a legally constituted, democratic, not-for-profit Supporters Trust of Newcastle United.

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