Families in the North East are set to benefit from lottery funding for a football themed Foundation1Family Learning programme.

Newcastle United Foundation has been awarded £114,419 from the Big Lottery Fund to extend its successful Family Football programme until 2016. The new investment will match funds already pledged by the Premier League PFA Community Fund and enable the Foundation to deliver 185 six week courses by 2016, engaging 1850 families in learning.

The programme aims to promote strong, healthy families and give adults confidence to progress onto further learning. Using football as the hook, the scheme particularly aims to attract men who are traditionally underrepresented in family learning initiatives. Parents or carers attend a six week course with their children, spending the first hour in the classroom and the second hour taking part in fun football sessions or other physical activity.

The Foundation is one of 20 projects across England sharing just under £6 million from The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, which helps communities and people most in need.

Courses will run in schools and community venues in Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland. To sign up or find out more email foundation@nufc.co.uk

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