MFCiC staff take to the Sky!

August 26th, 2010

MFCiC staff took to the saddle on Sunday 15th August in Middlesbrough, to take part in the first ever Skyride, the biggest cycling event to be held in the town.

Sky have come together with British Cycling and Middlesbrough Council to help get more people of all ages and abilities get out on their bikes. Sky Ride offers a host of opportunities, from free mass participation events to smaller led-group rides for all abilities. There’s something for beginners and the most experienced riders.

MFCiC staff Anne Yale, Robin Philp and Marrie Wieczorek donned their Sky bibs, and riding bikes donated by Active Travel as part of the Healthy Towns Initiative, set off on the 9k traffic-free route around the town to promote healthy lifestyles, and prove just how easy it is to get fitter for free in the Tees Valley.

The route saw experienced riders, children with stabilisers and even unicyclists pedal past landmarks such as Temenos, MIMA and the Dorman Museum.

Robin Philp, Project Worker for MFCiC said “The Skyride was good fun, and the number of people who participated was excellent. It proved that cycling is a great way to keep fit and healthy, and is something that all the family can take part in. We would like to thank Active Travel for providing us with the bikes”

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June 17th, 2010

MFCiC Riverside Festival 2010

June 8th, 2010

On Sunday 23rd May 2010 MFC in the Community in partnership with McDonald’s played host to the Annual Riverside Festival. This yearly event has grown since its inauguration in 2007 and was bigger and better than ever before. Once again local football clubs from across the region were out in full force with 82 teams taking part and over 800 children getting the chance to play on the same pitch as their heroes. This year’s tournament was sponsored by Mcdonalds, and played host to teams from all over the North East with a strong contingency from Newcastle, Sunderland and North Yorkshire joining local teams from across Teesside.

Running alongside the festival was a Mcdonalds Open Day, which saw players and spectators given access to a wide range of fun football activities which included an Overhead Kick inflatable, Target Ring, Speed Cage and skills area.

Due to the scale of the event we were also lucky enough to attract World Cup legend, Sir Geoff Hirst. This was a massive coup for MFC in the Community to have such an influential figure attend the Festival. On the day he took part in a Q&A session with players and spectators, he signed autographs and ended his visit by supporting the Under 9’s presentation. Sir Geoff Hirst is a massive supporter of grassroots football and was very impressed with the day and the work of MFC in the Community. In a press interview he stated, “We work on football projects throughout the UK, where we get involved with football clubs and the community projects. Boro is one of the best in the country.”

Also in attendance was McDonald’s Head Coach Eric Harrison, former Manchester United Youth Academy Manager. For all the local coaches and club managers this was a great opportunity to learn a little from an exceptional coach who had trained the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Through the afternoon he delivered a range of sessions to children and adults, offering great advice and tips to everyone. He also joined the Q&A session to talk about his experiences coaching some of the best players in the world.   

The tournament itself kicked off at 9am and the standard of football was very high, with the children clearly loving the opportunity to play at the stadium. The Under 8’s players,  took part in a non competetive element, and were all awarded a participation medal thanks to sponsors Inbiz. Billingham Rangers were chosen at random for the photograph.

The Under 9’s saw a return to competitive football with 21 teams taking part in the group stages, followed by Semi Finals and Finals. All the teams and managers had the added motivation of getting to the final and having their awards presented by Sir Geoff Hirst. The group games served up some exciting football with 81 goals being scored across the four pitches. Teams from North Yorkshire all the way up to Gateshead were aiming to progress to the semi finals. In the end Redcar Town, Washington FC Tigons, Teesside Athletic and Humbledon Yellows all won their groups. The eventual finalists were Teesside Athletic and Washington FC Tigons. As expected the final was a very tight affair with both teams having there chances. In the end it was Jordan Woodhall of Teesside Athletic who broke the deadlock and this proved to be the winning goal. You could clearly see what it meant to the winning team who then had the pleasure of collecting their trophies from a World Cup Legend. The Under 9’s sponsor was Arena Technical Services who have supported the event since 2007. Wayne Burkill is a massive supporter of grass roots football but sadly could not attend on the day. MFC in the Community are extremely grateful for Wayne’s continued support of the festival over the last four years.

Next to step out on to the famous Riverside pitch was the Under 10’s. The group stages of this age category were a lot tighter with a total of 60 goals being scored across four pitches. There were actually more draws than wins throughout the tournament, with two of the four groups being decided on goal difference. It was unfortunate for those teams who just missed out on the semi finals by 1 or 2 goals. Sadly, someone had to go through and the semi finals were contested by two teams from Teesside and two teams from Newcastle. The first semi final between South Tyneside Saints and Norton and Stockton Ancients served up one of the best penalty shootouts in Riverside Festival history. Players showed exceptional finishing with it going to sudden death. In the end every player had taken a penalty which meant we had to start the process again with the first takers stepping back up. Eventually South Tyneside Saints held there nerve to creep through to the final. The second semi final saw Newcastle City Juniors defeat Redcar Town 2 setting up a bit of a derby in the final. Once again the final proved to be a very tight affair with no one team dominating the game. Like the previous final one goal was the difference with South Tyneside Saints eventually being crowned champions with Luke Collins grabbing the winner. Visual Soft Web Solutions our under 10’s sponsors were on hand to present the winners and runners up medals. Visual Soft have also been strong supporters of the Riverside Festival over the years and we were delighted they could send down members of the company to be a part of the day.

The tournament was now in its final stages with the Under 11’s stepping into the Arena. We had some strong teams returning from 2009 desperate to lift this year’s trophy. The under 11’s served up some of the best football of the day with a total of 90 goals being scored in the group stages. Two dominant group performances from Redcar Rovers and Marton Boys Blues suggested both teams would be a force in the latter stages. Norton Bees pipped Teesside Athletic and Marton Boys Whites to set up and semi final against Marton Boys Blues. Whilst FNB, last years champions, scraped through on goal difference with there defensive performance proving to be the key ahead of Foresthall Juniors a Newcastle based club. This set up another great semi final between FNB and Redcar Rovers. The place in the final was very much up for grabs but it was Marton Boys Blues and Redcar Rovers who proved to be the strongest teams in the competition, setting up a very interesting final. As expected the final game of the day was extremely tight with both teams playing some great football. Marton were the team to grab the decisive goal, making them the 2010 Champions. This wrapped up an amazing day which had been greatly enhanced by the teams and spectators who once again turned out in full force to support such a great event.

Big thanks must go out to Middlesbrough Football Club and all the stadium staff that helped make the day happen. We recognise it is a great privilege to run a tournament on such a big stage and we are very grateful for their support. It is fair to say McDonald’s and all their team also helped to make the Festival bigger and better than ever before and we hope this partnership will continue in years to come. Final thanks must go to all of this years sponsors, Sabic UK Petrochemicals, Inbiz, Arena Technical Services and Visual Soft Web Solutions. It is great that local businesses continue to support grass roots football in this way. We hope everyone involved had an enjoyable day and we look forward to doing the same again in May 2011.

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Men’s Health Drop in – This Week!!

May 4th, 2010

Thinking about changing your lifestyle?

Need to kick your bad habits?

Why not come along to one of our new Men’s Health Drop in’s held in an executive suite of the Riverside Stadium on the first Thursday of every month, STARTING THIS THURSDAY 5.00-8.30pm.

Need to quit smoking or drinking?

Concerned about sexual health?

 Come and speak to NHS professionals who can help you make these lifestyle changes NOW.

 Wish you were fitter?

Come to Eston Leisure Complex on Friday afternoons 12-2pm and take part in a couple of hours of  fitness activities, football, boxercise, rock-it ball and many more. This could be the first step to a fitter you!

Let the NHS and Middlebrough Football Club in the community help you make 2010 the year you Kick Your Habits!


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Redcar Half Marathon & Family Fun Run

May 4th, 2010



10am, Sunday June 13th 2010


Redcar & Cleveland PCT

10.45am, Sunday June 13th 2010

Enjoy the authentic seaside experience at Redcar where you’re assured of a warm welcome!

Come and join us in the oldest established Half Marathon in the North or take part in the Family Fun Run.

We want you to enjoy taking part in either event so make sure that you are well prepared, with the right clothing and equipment. See our training advice section or contact Start Fitness at for help.

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Soccability Tournament

April 27th, 2010

Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community was proud to host a Soccability Tournament last month, with students from across the Tees Valley taking part in the three day event.

 The teams, which were from primary and secondary schools and post 16 provisions, were pitted against each other over the three days, with overall winners in each category.

 The overall Primary School category winners were Ash Trees School from Billingham, and Holmwood School from Middlesbrough. Winner of both the Secondary School and Post 16 categories was Beverley School from Middlesbrough.

 All teams thoroughly enjoyed the day and relished the opportunity to compete against other schools. Genna Hewison, project worker for MFCiC said “All three days were a great success, everybody enjoyed themselves and some excellent football was played”

 Soccability is a fun training session held each week at MFCiC’s Eston Leisure Complex, which provides activities, games, and football participation and competitions for children and adults with a disability.

 The aim of the Soccability session is to offer opportunities to play football regardless of ability. All coaches are F.A qualified through the F.A ‘Coaching Disabled Footballers Course’ and offer support and encouragement to the players.

 Junior sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 9.30-11.00am, and Adult sessions are on Sundays from 2.00-4.00pm. All sessions cost £3, contact Genna Hewison on 0871 2821280 or for more information.



Harrowgate Primary Health Week

April 27th, 2010

Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community recently delivered a health week to 385 children who attend Harrow Gate Primary School in Stockton.

As part of the health week all children in the school took part. Nursery and reception children participated in practical activities whilst years 1 to year 6 all took part in a mixture of theory and practical lessons.

The theory lessons were based around how to live a healthy lifestyle, balanced diets and also food groups. The activities that the children took part created a fun and positive learning style trying to engage all children throughout the week.

The year 5 and year 6 children also took part in a smoking presentation where they were taught the risks and consequences of smoking. This had a positive impact, after which the children then took part in a competition. The competition was to design an anti smoking poster to bring to light the risks and consequences of smoking. After a very tough decision the winner was girl in Year 5 pictured above.

 If your school would like more information regarding MFC in the Communities schools programme which includes PPA, Healthy Lifestyles and a lot more please contact Tom Burke on 01642 451843 or e-mail