Eagles Land at County Durham Primary School

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Children at Burnopfield Primary School in County Durham were cock-a-hoop after a surprise visit by two Newcastle Eagles basketball stars.

Players Will Neighbour and Devin Whitfield called in to the school on Front Street and engaged the pupils with some fun games and answered lots of questions about professional basketball.

The visit was organised by housebuilder Robertson Homes, which is building Bowes Manor, a collection of 48 new family homes close to the school.

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The Gateshead-based company is a sponsor of Newcastle Eagles and on top of the players’ visit, presented the school with 30 complimentary tickets for an Eagles game.

Newcastle Eagles stars surprise Burnopfield Primary School pupilsNewcastle Eagles stars surprise Burnopfield Primary School pupils
Newcastle Eagles stars surprise Burnopfield Primary School pupils

Wes English, land director at Robertson Homes, said: “As part of our ongoing community engagement activities, we were pleased to arrange this surprise visit which we hope inspired the children to take an active role in sport and exercise.

“Will and Devin did a fantastic job in getting all the children involved and they were happy to answer lots of questions about their lives and careers in sport. I know the children and their families are looking forward to seeing both of them in action when they visit the Vertu Motors Arena to watch a match.”

Ruth Sizer, Key Stage 2 leader at Burnopfield Primary School, added: “Thank you to everyone at Robertson Homes and Newcastle Eagles for organising this visit which was a brilliant surprise for our children.

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“For many, it was their first experience of basketball and they loved taking part in the fun activities with professional sports stars.”

Newcastle Eagles' Will Neighbour and Devin Whitfield visit Burnopfield Primary SchoolNewcastle Eagles' Will Neighbour and Devin Whitfield visit Burnopfield Primary School
Newcastle Eagles' Will Neighbour and Devin Whitfield visit Burnopfield Primary School

Robertson Homes is currently selling a range of three, four and five bedroom homes at Bowes Manor on Syke Road and is celebrating the development being shortlisted as a finalist in the Residential Development of the Year category at the Insider North East Property Awards 2024.