Newcastle Utd legends and rugby stars raise money for NSPCC ahead of Magic Weekend

Newcastle United legends and rugby stars has taken on a challenge, raising £1,750 for the NSPCC and helping promote the First Utility Super League heading to the North-East for the 2015 Magic Weekend this weekend.

As the First Utility Super League lands in football-mad Newcastle on May 30 and 31 for Magic Weekend, title sponsor First Utility laid on a unique challenge to see who was best – Newcastle’s football legends or Super League’s rugby stars.

Newcastle United legends Peter Beardsley, Rob Lee and John Beresford met on the banks of the River Tyne to welcome three stars from the First Utility Super League for the ultimate kicking challenge in the shadow of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

With five giant inflatable rugby ball targets in the river to aim at, Beardsley, Lee and Beresford took on the Super League team of Jon Wilkin (St Helens), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC), and Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings).

Pictures: North News and Pictures. First Utility Super League stars of today Jon Wilkin, Jack Owens and Marc Sneyd go toe to toe with Newcastle footballing legends Peter Beardsley, Rob Lee and John Beresford in a charity kicking competition over the River Tyne. Both teams attempted to hit giant inflatable targets in the River Tyne, with both types of balls ahead of the Rugby League Magic Weekend 2015, which takes place on May 30 and 31. Pictures also shows the targets in position on the River Tyne ahead of the challenge.

Peter Beardsley, former Newcastle United star, said: “Myself, Rob and John were pleased to put some of the stars of the First Utility Super League through their paces!

“It’s great that Magic Weekend is coming to Newcastle and St James Park, this is a sport-mad, passionate city and every player, in every team will not forget their experience here come the end of May.”

Ed Kamm, chief customer officer at First Utility, said: “We’ve seen a few of the best and brightest First Utility Super League players go toe-to-toe with some genuine Newcastle United legends – with our Rugby League stars proving

“They are more accurate than the footballing greats in our unique challenge.

“We’re proud to sponsor the First Utility Super League and we’re especially proud today that we’ve been able to raise £1,750 for the NSPCC and boost the profile of the sport ahead of Magic Weekend descending on the Toon.”

After a tough start for all players, Jon Wilkin gave the Super League stars a nearly lead.

John Beresford pulled a point back for the legends before Marc Sneyd put the Rugby League team back in front with his renowned left foot.

With England legend Peter Beardsley surprisingly struggling to hit the targets, Rob Lee and John Beresford hit two in row to put the NUFC legends 3-2 ahead in the final round.

However, the Super League stars showed their precision in their final shots with Jon Wilkin and Vikings star Jack Owens hitting the targets on the
final shots to take the title with a 4-3 victory.

With £250 being rewarded for every target hit, the teams raised £1,750 for the NSPCC.

Utility Foundation, an independent charitable organisation with a goal to improve the lives of vulnerable families and individuals across the UK
www.first-utility-foundation.org.uk.

Words: North News and Pictures (NNP).

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