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SUNDERLAND striker Kenwyne Jones yesterday joined a session of the SAFC Foundation’s Family Learning through Football programme.

The Trinidad and Tobago international visited Lumley Junior School, Great Lumley, near Chester-le-Street, to help the programme, which aims to improve parenting and communication skills through football-themed activities.

The programme has been shortlisted in the national Sports Industry Awards.

Jones said: “I think that football has the power to inspire people to achieve things in all areas of their lives and I’m delighted to be able to play my part in supporting such a groundbreaking programme.

“With Family Learning through Football, SAFC Foundation has demonstrated that you can use sport not only to build skills like numeracy and literacy but also communication and parenting skills. As a parent myself I know how important communication skills are, which is why I’m backing this initiative.’’