Footballing rivalries were put to one side as teenagers from SAFC’s official charity, the Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation took part in a scenic cycle along the coast together.
The bike ride was organised by Northumbria Violence Reduction Unit, as part of the successful YOLO programme, an initiative that engages youngsters who are at risk of slipping into a life of crime or becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.
The ride from the Beacon of Light to Tynemouth is one of many activities that has been organised to keep the teens entertained both during lockdown and the summer holidays.
The kids were able to join in the ride after bicycles were bought through funding from the Violence Reduction Unit.
Police & Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, who joined the ride herself said: “Lockdown has been a really difficult time for young people, so being able to get out today not only enabled participants to spend time with their mentors, but allowed for some physical activity, which we know plays a key role in mental wellbeing.
“Both Foundations have done some incredible work in difficult times recently and ensured their young people remained engaged, supported and educated around vulnerability despite the restrictions.
“This will have had a significant impact during lockdown, when vulnerability increased due to the suspension of so many vital services.
“This joint approach, between the Foundations and Northumbria Police, enables us to support the most vulnerable, deter them away from criminality, and improve lives to prevent crime.”
Written By Kate Smith
12 August 2020