NUFC School Tournament Returns
Following on from the invention of a Newcastle Foundation 1892 Cup last Summer, today sees the second running of it in what is now being billed as an annual tournament.
The cup which is being held again at the academy at Newcastle's Benton training ground sees 128 school kids aged between 7 and 9 take part.
A total of nine schools from the area taking part with seven of them fielding a separate boys and girls team in it in what im sure will be a great occasion for them and with manager Rafa Benitez looking on. Two more schools will have sides in that could be mixed.
The currently falling rain shouldn't dampen spirits at all ahead of the scheduled 2pm start.
Rafa is expected to give out the medals and trophies after the tournament with everyone staying together for a bit of a barbecue.
Newcastle United Foundation head, Kate Bradley, spoke of the event and was quoted on the official Newcastle website by saying:
We are delighted to be holding the second Foundation 1892 Cup at the Academy and it`s all the more special to have Rafa joining us today.
His commitment to the Foundation has been amazing and we`re thrilled to have his continued support. It`s a great day for school children we work with to experience playing football at the very heart of Newcastle United`s training facility.
Thank you to Newcastle United, the Academy, Sodexo, Sports Direct, Rafa Benítez and the attending schools for their support of what will be a great day.