Falcons players try their hand at sushi making

Falcons Sushi
Falcons Sushi

Newcastle City Learning welcomed six Newcastle Falcons players who were keen to learn about the unique art of sushi making.  

The educational session was organised as part of a planned team day off by former Falcons player Mike McCarthy, who now works as a Personal Development Manager from the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA).

The RPA supports the welfare of current and former rugby players across the country and works with players to look at education and training away from life on the pitch. It works closely with Newcastle Falcons players to gain confidence and explore a variety of opportunities that they can explore away from rugby.

The interactive half-day session was led by staff from Newcastle City Learning, based at Westgate College, who provided education to over 4600 adult learners last year. It covered every step of sushi making, from preparing the fish, vegetables and the key ingredient rice, all the way to the tricky part of rolling and cutting the sushi.

Newcastle City Learning provide a huge range of adult learning opportunities, from pre-entry level learning to Diplomas and higher-level management qualifications. It covers a diverse range of subjects including English, digital skills, art and design and horticulture.

Councillor Nora Casey, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for children, education and skills said:

“Newcastle City Learning is a fantastic service that is supporting hundreds of residents to gain knowledge, skills and experience that will help them in their careers, or work towards new employment opportunities, as well as enriching their lives in other ways, like being able to help with their children’s homework.

“It is brilliant to see a team like the Newcastle Falcons benefiting from these fantastic services and looking at future opportunities for some of their players and I would like to thank our own dedicated team of staff for providing such an engaging session.

“I would invite residents of all ages to take a look at the latest Newcastle Adult Learning brochure – which is available on their website – there are courses and learning for everyone.”

The six Falcons players taking part included young upcoming stars, first team regulars and older members of the squad who had chosen the sushi making experience as part of their work with the RPA.

Mike McCarthy, former Falcons player and Ireland International now works for the RPA and organised the event said:

“It was a really enjoyable, informative and inspiring session which not only gave the players an incredible insight into the world of sushi making, but it also gave them an opportunity to step outside of the ‘rugby bubble’ and experience life in a totally different environment.

I would like to thank Newcastle City Learning for providing an outstanding opportunity for our players to learn a new skill and develop as individuals off the pitch.”

For more information about Newcastle City Learning visit – www.newcastlecitylearning.ac.uk

For more information about the work of the Rugby Players’ Association visit – www.therpa.co.uk

Image Caption - Newcastle City Learning instructor James Miller teaching Falcons Players about the art of sushi preparation. Falcons players left to right – Adam Radwan, Tom Penny, Josh Matavesi, Glen Young, Jamie Blamire.