By Darren Williams
Wednesday 10 Aug 2011 08:49:00
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Hi its Dazza the Newcastle United Fanzoner here saying Whoo hoo you beauty!!!  because the Premier League is back and Sky Sports Fanzone is marking the start of another season by kicking off in style....litertally!!! Yes that's right, not only are our bloggers and commentators back, bigger and better than ever before with their own news, views and opinions on the beautiful game, we are also putting down our microphones and headsets, to lace up our boots and are playing a match for charity. The little smashers at Sky Sports have given me the thumbs up so I've been working like a beaver and have pulled together a team of fit, skillful, good looking athletes otherwise known as the Fanzone commentators. Local rivalries and previous battles are forgotten as we all come together as one to form, the one, the only, FANZONE UTD!!! (crowd goes crazy) So, who will Fanzone United be playing and why I hear you ask?... well being a Newcastle fan I wanted to make it special and have some good and positive news for once, so the charity choice was a no brainer really. Ask any Newcastle fan or any other football fan for that matter, who has been a gentleman and legend of the game and you will usually get the same answer...Sir Bobby Robson. We sadly lost Sir Bobby to cancer a few years ago, but his legacy lives on in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Since its launch in March 2008, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised £3.5 million to help find more effective treatments for cancer.  It funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, which directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria.In addition to equipping the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle, the charity has also funded a specialist clinical research nurse and research doctor within the Sir Bobby Centre.It has funded leukaemia laboratory research equipment and contributed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary's teenage cancer unit in Newcastle.It has also enhanced a children's waiting area, jointly funded a patient 'quiet and information area' with help from Macmillan Cancer Support and part funded a complementary therapy programme providing symptom relief for cancer patients - all at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.It is also working with Newcastle University and has purchased an ultra-compact cyclotron which will help with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  The cyclotron costs in excess of £500,000 and is only the second of its type in the world and the first in Europe.So, after choosing the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation as our chosen charity, I was then left with looking for a team to take on the mighty Fanzone United and again the answer was right under my nose....Newcastle United Womens Football Club. Newcastle Women's FC was formed in 1989.  They played as Newcastle Women's FC until they were promoted to the FA Women's Premier League In 2005 when they were renamed under and agreement with NUFC - Newcastle United Women's Football Club.  The club operates independently from the main NUFC but continues to play under the name Newcastle United via an agreement it has with the main NUFC board.   

It is important to remember that all of the NUWFC team and coaches are all amateurs / volunteers.  The ladies receive no financial support from the main NUFC club and have no club sponsor.  They need to raise their own funds to enable them to train and play at the very top of their chosen sport.  It costs each player at least £250 per season to sign and play for NUWFC.  That money is used by the NUWFC Committee to buy the players kit and training equipment, hire training and playing facilities at The University of Northumbria, hire and fuel mini buses for their away matches and pay for the wide range of other things needed to run a football team.  Each player has to combine working in their normal day to day jobs or studies at University/College, with the considerable demands of training and playing for Newcastle United WFC.  


For 2011-12 NUWFC has a squad of 36 players and will be fielding two teams - one to play in the Northern Combination League and a second team to play in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division 2.  


NUWFC is a community based club that provides local ladies over the age of 16 with an opportunity to train and play football at the highest levels of their chosen sport.  They are excellent ambassadors for Newcastle and ideal role models for younger girls by demonstrating that there are positive alternatives to the current problems of obesity, anti social behaviour, unwanted teenage pregnancies and alcohol and drug abuse.  


Phil Eadon, Chairman of NUWFC told me "The ladies are delighted to be taking part in the match and support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation but they need help and support to enable them to continue to operate. I hope that Sir Bobby would have been proud of what they do and the way that they play their football.  'Bobby's Girls' are really looking forward to the match against the Sky Sports Fanzone United lads on Saturday and let the best team win!" 

To support the event please donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation direct at our fundraising page which you can find at To donate to NUWFC please go to their website where sponsors and donations will be gratefully received via their Paypal application. 

So the charity match itself will mark another season on Sky Sports Fanzone and help raise money for both the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and NUWFC. The game will be played at QPR's Harlington Training Ground on Saturday 13th August 2011 and is kindly being sponsored by  and 

I really hope you can all give generously so we can reach our targets. A full update and result of the match and fundraising will be reported in my next Charity Match blog. 

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