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Celebrations as Newcastle United Foundation’s £8 million NUCASTLE community hub officially opened

An £8 million community hub providing people with new skills and life opportunities has officially opened.

Newcastle United Foundation’s NUCASTLE was ceremonially launched today (Tuesday, March 29).

Around 300 guests, including patrons, trustees, partners, funders and participants watched as ex-Magpies star turned Foundation trustee Shola Ameobi cut the ribbon.

The building, which replaces Murray House at the top of the city’s Pitt Street, uses sport to help communities develop skills, achieve qualifications, build confidence and progress into further training or employment.

Bosses say around 2000 people have already benefited from its activities since it underwent a soft launch in February.

Open seven days a week, NUCASTLE – sponsored by Newcastle Building Society – includes activity and cycling studios, a STEM room, an esports room, a four-court sports hall, event and meeting space, offices and a rooftop football pitch.



Steve Beharall, head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “This is not just an historic day for the Foundation, but an historic day for the city of Newcastle and the wider region.

“It has been a tremendous team effort to bring this community hub back to life for children, young people, families and older people who will find meaningful opportunities to change and improve their lives at NUCASTLE.”

A panel discussion on social impact brought together a number of influential community figures at NUCASTLE during the opening event, including North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll, Northumbria Police chief constable Winton Keenen and Premier League head of communities Nick Perchard.

Guests also heard messages of support from Foundation patron Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer and trustee Steve Harper, and Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah.

Patrons Jonathan Edwards and Bob Moncur were also in attendance.



Faiequl Alom has seen his life transformed by the charity’s support, and shared his journey of realising his dream of becoming a football coach for Newcastle United Foundation during the opening event.

He said: “During the pandemic, I really lost my way and was so anxious – I had no job, and I was struggling to even leave the house because I felt so low on confidence.

“I was referred to the Foundation last year and gradually I started to realise I could achieve my dreams and do what I love – that’s coaching football.

“It feels amazing, and I have the Foundation to thank for that.”