NUST has over a number of years developed a close working relationship with the Football Supporters Federation and been involved in a number of joint initiatives.This weekend sees the FSF supporters summit and AGM taking place in Manchester.
Following encouragement from a number of fans groups NUST Board Member Michael Martin has agreed to stand for election to the FSF’s National Council. Michael is well known to Newcastle United fans as the editor of long running fanzine True Faith and has an established history of involvement in fan issues.
Closer to home he has been actively involved in the Save our Seats campaign, whilst his contribution to the campaign to remove the ‘bubble trip’ classification for Tyne and Wear derbies led to the decision being overturned. Nationally he has been involved with the FSF in their campaign for affordable football and was part of the FSF delegation that met with Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore and other PL Executives on several occassions.
Since joining the NUST Board Michael has been heavily involved in the Board’s political strategy, meeting with local MPs to raise the profile of fan issues onto the national political agenda.
In addition he has also been involved in the establishment of an NUST Credit Union as an alternative to Newcastle United sponsors ‘Wonga’ and the development of sponsorship arrangements to fund football coaching to children in the community. Michael has enjoyed a long career as a public servant working locally and nationally. Michael is a member of the Labour Party and is a Trade Union member.
NUST would encourage those entitled to vote to support Michael –the involvement of NUST at a national level with the Football Supporters Federation can only be of long term benefit to all Newcastle United fans.
Phoenix Taxis raises cash for Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
More than £3,000 has been raised by footballing fundraisers for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
A five-a-side football tournament was organised by NUST Sponsor Phoenix Taxis, the largest electric and hybrid taxi firm in the UK, which saw 30 teams raise the money for the cancer charity.
The footballers played throughout the day, with winners receiving an outing to watch Newcastle United home game play from Phoenix Taxis’ executive box.
Alex Hurst, (pictured with Jack Charlton) managing director at Phoenix Taxis, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have provided this fantastic opportunity for football fans and also to help raise funds to support the important work done by the Foundation. I’d like to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm – it was a fantastic day.”
The Foundation helps find effective ways to detect and treat cancer. It funds projects, including the clinical trials of new drugs, that directly benefit patients from across the North East and Cumbria and which contribute significantly to international research into cancer.
One of the first people to offer their congratulations on the success of the fundraising event Sir Bobby Robson Foundation supporter Jack Charlton. The World Cup winner was promoting locally produced Northumberland Tea, which makes a donation to the charity for every box sold.
Alex said: “As a lifelong Newcastle United supporter, I did not hesitate to choose to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“Sir Bobby described the Foundation as “his last and greatest team” and contributing to the on-going pioneering work taking place to benefit cancer patients from across north east England and Cumbria is an honour.
“It was a pleasure to meet up with ‘Big Jack’ to talk about Sir Bobby, the charity and our football event.”
The match was held on 29 March at the Lucozade Power League Soccerdome in North Shields. Pauline Buglass from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said: “The tournament was a great success and we’re grateful to all the footballers, Phoenix Taxis and everyone involved for their enthusiastic support and fundraising efforts.
“The money raised will directly benefit cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria and will help us continue to fulfil Sir Bobby’s ambitions to fund world-class cancer facilities in our region.”
Sponsors website www.phoenixtaxis.net