Three high profile football figures are supporting a new scheme which uses football to tackle long term unemployment.
Andrew Robson, son of Sir Bobby, will be joined by former Newcastle United players Olivier Bernard and Paul Bracewell for a workshop on motivation with a group of unemployed people.
The scheme, called 'Best in the Field', uses football to teach leadership skills, teamwork and communication, while increasing self confidence. The participants have also acquired a refereeing qualification for their CVs.
By relating the disciplines demanded by sport to those needed in the workplace, it's hoped those taking part will find it easier to find a job.
The scheme has been organised by Ingeus, which delivers the government's Work Programme in the North East, in collaboration with the Football Association.
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