The Wade Financial sportsman’s dinner, featuring Steve Black

The days of Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers. The league and cup success at Newcastle Falcons. The British & Irish Lions’ 2001 tour Down Under. Promotion campaigns at QPR and Sunderland. Steve Black, world-renowned conditioning coach and motivational speaker, was there for it all, and will be sharing his stories this October as part of Wade Financial’s sportsman’s dinner.

Starting out as a doorman in Newcastle as a teen, Steve worked his way up from local football coaching to become a known name across a range of sports, including rugby union, athletics and boxing. In that time, his insightful one-to-one techniques have benefitted international stars such as Jonny Wilkinson, Danny Cipriani, Glenn McCrory and Jonathan Edwards, to name but a few.

After a productive spell at Queen’s Park Rangers, Steve is now back in his native North East as part of Steve McClaren’s backroom setup at Newcastle United, and will be regaling those in attendance at Kingston Park with tales from his long and diverse career.

“Blackie’s reputation as a speaker, a coach and a person precedes him wherever he goes,” says Wade Financial’s David Dodds. “He is well known as a warm and entertaining speaker, full of great stories and we’re sure it will be a great night at Kingston Park, raising money for very worthwhile causes in the process.”

The dinner, which includes a three course meal and also features a stand-up comedian, will benefit two football-related charities. West Allotment Celtic F.C. is a community football club based in Benton, run by a small but hardworking team of volunteers. They compete in Division One of the Ebac Northern League, and have recently set up development sides for young players in the area.

The second beneficiary, Lionsraw, operates on both a local and international scale, uniting football fans at tournaments to contribute to community projects. These range from donations towards vital provisions, right up to the construction of schools, education on health and hygiene and the ability to effect positive social change. The various schemes and Legacy projects have made a decisive impact across the globe, from South Africa and Brazil to communities on these shores.

The dinner will be held at Kingston Park, home of the Newcastle Falcons, on the 8th of October. The dinner itself commences at 7.30pm, with the bar opening one hour beforehand. Tickets cost £50 a head when booked in tables of ten, and can be ordered via phone from David Dodds 07797413102, or Ian Little on 07774223276.

What the pros say about Steve Black

The best one-to-one coach in the world.

Kevin Keegan, former Newcastle United F.C. and England manager

He is the best at what he does and I know that to be exactly true.

Jonny Wilkinson, former Toulon and England fly-half

Steve is just the sort of inspirational person to make a huge difference. I should know – Blackie helped prepare me when I was fighting for the world title.

Glenn McCrory, former IBF world cruiserweight champion