Sunderland’s Gus Poyet and John O’Shea meet grassroots coaches

Grassroots coaches with Gustavo Poyet and John O'Shea. Credit: Action Images / Lee Smith
Grassroots coaches with Gustavo Poyet and John O'Shea. Credit: Action Images / Lee Smith
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THINGS may not be going well on the pitch of late, but two leading Black Cats figures still found time to meet with grassroots coaches.

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet and club captain John O’Shea entertained a group of grassroots football coaches and players at the Stadium of Light, for an exclusive event as Premier League title sponsor Barclays thanked the coaches for their commitment to the community.

The coaches, from the Foundation of Light’s coaches clinics, and players from Sunderland Foundation Youth FC, met the pair for a unique Q&A session, which saw the red and white duo answering questions on the Barclays Premier League season.

After some autographs and photos, the coaches then had a private tour of the stadium and enjoyed lunch in one of suites overlooking the pitch.

The Foundation of Light works with more than 42,000 young people and their families across the North East each year, through a number of award-winning programmes, designed to change lives for the better.

The Foundation has links to Washington’s Millennium Centre, a Barclays Spaces for Sports site and one of 200 community sports sites that Barclays has built with partners the Football Foundation.

The coaches were chosen by Barclays because of their valuable work in teaching grassroots football to youngsters in the community.

David Wheldon, who is managing director of Brand, Reputation, Citizenship and Marketing at Barclays, commented: “The coaches at the Foundation of Light really deserve this day out as a thank you for their dedication and hard work.”

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