From the football pitch to the dancefloor, the ever-growing SSFC Foundation continues to make strives as it aims to increase its impact on the community.

The Foundation held its inaugural dance festival at Mariners Park on Friday, June 28.

The festival came after the Foundation broadened its offering to much of the schools it works with, incorporating dance alongside its existing Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education delivery.

There was also a cultural element to the dance programme – led by coach Karen McKenzie – with children also learning about the heritage of countries where particular dances originated.

It culminated in a showcase at Mariners Park featuring pupils from Sea View Primary School, St Bede’s Primary School and Plains Farm Academy, who performed dances synonymous with the United States of America, France and India.

SSFC Foundation Programme Delivery Lead Nathan Kew said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and certainly one of the best we’ve had since I’ve been here.

“The reaction we had from parents and teachers was brilliant, and the children seemed to love every minute of it.

“We are interested in anything that puts smiles on faces, and the reaction to the dance programme has shown us that we’ve done the right thing embracing it.

“The more we can offer this community, the better chance this community has of becoming better people and creating better people through the children that we work with.

“That’s what it’s all about.

“We want to have a large, positive impact on our community and working with the schools around us is a good way of doing that.”

Karen McKenzie worked with the children in their schools in the lead-up to the dance festival.

She then led the festival assisted by Nathan, Head of SSFC Foundation Steve Camm and SSFC Foundation apprentice Zak Turner-Cooke.

She said: “First of all, it was just about building their confidence up.

“I like to see the children grow from not necessarily wanting to do anything to hearing the music and building their confidence.

“It’s a nice team building thing as well, so they all encourage each other, which is what I like seeing the most.

“The festival went amazingly well.

“The atmosphere was buzzing and the children worked their socks off for it.

“They thoroughly enjoyed it and relished learning the different aspects of the dances.”

SSFC Foundation’s main activity partner is the Port of Tyne, which is providing financial support for a diverse activity programme that will benefit local people of all ages, with a focus on boosting health and well-being in the area.