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England and Newcastle United legend, Alan Shearer,
returned to the club he played for as a youngster,
Wallsend Boys Club, to inspect their stunning new
changing pavilion and grass pitches.
The football centre was funded with a £850,000 grant
from the Foundation, with help from Nor thumberland
FA, whilst the club itself raised a staggering £114,000
towards the scheme. Nor th Tyneside Council
contributed a fur ther £301,000.
Wallsend Boys has been a conveyor belt of footballing
talent in Newcastle, producing more than 65
professional footballers! These include Alan Shearer,
Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick, Steve Bruce, Steven
Taylor, Lee Clark, Robbie Elliott and SteveWatson. It
has managed that, in spite of never having had a home
to call its own: until now.
Alan said of the facility:
“I think it’s great.The
Foundation is giving opportunities to kids by
improving facilities all the time.They have done a
fantastic job.Without grassroots football there is no
football. It’s where it starts; it’s what it is all about.”
Historically, the club has had a nomadic existence,
with many of its boys’ and girls’ teams having to play at
numerous locations inWallsend, and other surrounding
boroughs, on local authority pitches. Now the club and
local schools will benefit from the new facility.
Alan also presented the club with a cheque for
£5,000 from the Foundation’s Grow the Game
scheme.This will help the club develop their women
and girls’ section.
Sid Sharp,Vice President of Wallsend Boys Club, said:
“We used to cover an awful lot of miles around
Wallsend going to different grounds, to watch
different games, at different times of the day, so
it’s meant a lot to be able to say we have our own
ground now.Without the help of the Foundation this
fantastic facility would not be in existence.”
ALAN SHEARER
RETURNS
TO HIS ROOTS
KICK-OFF: FACILITIES
SOME
FORMER
WALLSEND
STARS
Alan Shearer
Peter Beardsley
Steve Bruce
Steven Taylor
Lee Clark
Steve Bruce & Lee Clark images cour tesy of Action Images
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