As a reward for their positive progress on the Pen Pals Project, participants from Burnley FC in the Community and Newcastle United Foundation enjoyed the Burnley FC vs Chelsea FC fixture on Sunday 28th October 2018.
The project has seen the participants ‘buddy up’ and work together towards a social action project in their respective communities. The participants met for the first time ahead of the game after learning about each other, their communities and personal challenges through writing and videos.
In February 2019, participants from BFCitC will visit Newcastle United Foundation in a return trip to see their respective community.
The group discussed social action project ideas in a meeting ahead of the Chelsea match, with a focus on positive community initiatives including the Burnley Community Kitchen and opportunities in Newcastle. These ideas will then be brought to life by the participants in the New Year.
Michael Colquhoun, BFCitC’s Youth Crime Reduction Manager, said: “We were delighted to host Newcastle United Foundation’s participants and staff as part of this unique link-up. The project has been a real success so far and participants on both sides are enjoying getting to know each other and building new friendships.
“On top of the relationships being built, it’s given the participants something to focus on which has raised their aspirations, their self-belief and broadened their horizons. We have seen a positive impact so far.
“We are looking forward to visiting Newcastle in February. It will give the young people we are working with a worthwhile experience where they can see a different community and city.”
Jacqueline Critchley, Project Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “It was a truly unique experience for the young people, who all got on brilliantly! The Pen Pals Project was designed to engage socially isolated young people from both areas to show them how to build and sustain positive relationships.
“We would like to thank Burnley FC in the Community for hosting such a great day out for the young people and we look forward to welcoming them to St James’ Park in February. In the meantime the young people will continue to keep in touch via video content and we hope their next meet up will prove just as successful.”