Newcastle students treated to football masterclass with Jamie Redknapp

Fri 27th Jan '17

Jamie Redknapp group

Students from Newcastle Bridges School came down to visit us at Sky Academy today for a football masterclass with former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

The school from Newcastle upon Tyne had the chance to meet and train with Jamie after teacher Anthony Lewins, won a Sky Sports Living for Sport competition last year.

Sky Sports football expert Jamie was joined by two Athlete Mentors – former Welsh professional footballer Christian Roberts and Rachel Brown-Finnis, a former England goalkeeper – to deliver the session to ten very excited students. The students were given top tips on their dribbling technique and put the skills they learnt in the masterclass to the test with a 5-a-side match.

Before they made their way back to the North East, Rachel also shared her own inspirational story with the group, showing the students that anything is possible – they just need to be given the opportunity to unlock their potential.

Speaking at the masterclass, Jamie said: “Today has been great fun for me and I hope everyone from Newcastle Bridges School had a good time too! They took to everything really quickly on the pitch and you can see how sport is breaking barriers and building skills in this group. With the right opportunities, I have no doubt they’ll all go on to achieve great things in the future.”

Sky Sports Game Changers were also there to capture the action and will be showing Jamie’s football Masterclass in an upcoming episode in March.

Sky Sports Living for Sport is part of Sky Academy, which works with young people to build skills and experience using the things we both love; TV, Creativity and Sport. Bringing schools and inspirational role models together, it’s supported by our people who volunteer and well known faces from our TV Channels, to offer a range of opportunities.

Schools can still sign-up and get involved with Sky Sports Living for Sport for the 2016/17 academic year here.

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