Members of the NUR Fitness programme were special guests of the Foundation at Middlesbrough FC’s first-team training session on Tuesday morning.
As part of the on-going RiverSideBySide initiative, the group, which comprises of members from a BAME background, have been working together with MFC Foundation to take part in a 12-week healthy lifestyle course at the Riverside Stadium.
NUR Fitness is a women’s fitness programme, and is based upon the simple idea that getting fit should be inclusive, enjoyable and rewarding for all women regardless of age, culture or previous experience.
The aim of the course has also been to teach the women more about the football club the Foundation, and what happens behind-the-scenes both on matchdays, and during the week.
They have met a number of different members of staff from different departments, and gained an insight as to their specific roles at the club.
The group have attended a couple of matches over the past few months, and greatly enjoyed the experience.
This week’s Rockliffe experience saw the ladies watch Tony Pulis put his squad through their paces before the players posed for photos and signed autographs.
The group then returned to the Media Suite at Rockliffe where Mo Besic took time out to answer some of their burning questions about being a professional football player.
One of the members of the group said: “I absolutely loved it. It was an absolute privilege to be so close to the players and watch them train.
“I’d never been to a football match before because with wearing a head scarf, I was worried about receiving abuse and perhaps being racist, but everyone was so nice and made me feel welcome.”