Jack Collins of Western Community Primary School tells us of his exciting day at the NUFC training ground, just one of his prizes for his winning anti-racist poem.
Jack Collins with Kevin Nolan at the NUFC Training Ground.
When I went up to Newcastle’s training ground I was greeted by the friendly security guards. We then met Sue Banks and she told us to take a seat in the reception area for a few minutes while she did some jobs for Alan Pardew.
After she finished she brought us through to the canteen where some of the players were eating breakfast. Then we went outside and the players were running around the field for a warm up and Peter Beardsley greeted us and he was very kind.
While they were doing their training I noticed they weren’t messing around they were very quick on their feet, putting in some hard tackles and blasting the ball off each other, but none of them got hurt.
When the training had finished me and my Dad went to help Peter Beardsley put the footballs away and Peter told me he would have a kick about with me. Me and Peter had a competition, if Peter could save more goals than I could score then I had to buy him a chocolate bar and vice versa. I had 10 chances and the final score was 6-4 to me! Peter disappeared after that.
Me and my Dad then went inside to get some dinner and I ate a full chicken leg, loads of pasta and vegetables and two brown bread buns. When I had finished my lunch Peter reappeared and gave me a Kit-Kat crunchy bar, he hadn’t forgot I was really chuffed.
As we were sitting Shola Ameobi came over to our table shook our hands and gave me his autograph. I then got Jonas Guitierez, John Carver, Alan Pardew and James Perch’s autograph. As we were leaving the security guards told us it would be better to wait outside to get autographs and photo’s. They were right I got autographs and photo’s of: Mike Williamson, Peter Lovenkrands, Tim Krul, Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Colochini, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Peter Beardsley, Steve Taylor, Sol Campbell, Danny Guthrie and Leon Best. I noticed that the cars in the car park were very nice, but out of them all I though Leon Bests car was the best.
After that we went home very happy to have seen all the Newcastle players, I really enjoyed going up there and all the players, coaches and security were all very kind. Not only did I get loads of autographs and photo’s I also learned from watching professional footballers train and how important it is to talk to each other when you play football.
Both me and my Dad would like to thank all those at Show Racism the Red Card and all the staff at Newcastle united for a very VERY VERY special day.