A group of students from TyneMet are using their sports coaching skills to help improve health, fitness and sporting ability in the community.

They'll be taking time out from their studies to become part of the team at Newcastle United Foundation.

Sarah Lowden, Claire Pitt, Joe Danquah and Celso Anjos, all aged 18, are studying on a Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness course.

For six weeks, they'll be combining their studies with voluntary work for the Foundation.

Ben Dowson, Football Development Assistant with Newcastle United Foundation said: "The students have the chance to get involved in a wide variety of projects. For example they can assist in coaching sessions such as 'Match Fit' which offers coaching, fitness and healthy eating sessions for youngsters. It's also great experience for the guys from TyneMet and will give them a head start when they leave College and either head to university or look for work in the industry."

The students were fully briefed on the work of the Foundation at St James' Park and got the chance to go behind the scenes at the ground.

Student, Claire Pitt said: "We're really looking forward to being volunteers. It'll be great fun but quite a challenge, too."

TyneMet's link-up with Newcastle United Foundation is one of several sporting partnerships. College Principal, Jon Vincent said: "Obviously we aim to offer students the best quality teaching but we are always looking to provide them with life-enhancing experiences as well and this voluntary work is a testament to that."