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Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew,
opened a new spor ts pavilion and football
pitches for Gateshead Redheugh 1957 FC
– the club which produced Paul Gascoigne,
Don Hutchinson and Andy Carroll.
The club worked hand in hand with the
Durham County FA to secure a £102,000
Foundation grant towards developing
brand new grass pitches.The new six-team
changing pavilion replaces the previous
dilapidated clubhouse at Eslington Park.
The Newcastle United boss said:
professional game needs talent to be
continually generated at the grassroots
level so it is vitally important that
investment like this continues to go
into community sports sites like this to
give children the best possible chance
to develop.
“I’d like to congratulate the Foundation
and its funders for all the fantastic work
that it does in supporting the game. I
also want to thank the volunteers at
Gateshead Redheugh 1957 FC and the
thousands of other grassroots clubs
across the country for the hours and
effort that they dedicate every week,
purely for the love of the game.”
The development will also provide a
residential suppor t and training centre
for homeless people aged 16 to 25, with
football being a key tool to help them get
back on track.
The new facility will cater for the 17 teams
operated by Gateshead Redheugh 1957
FC and allow the club to increase football
par ticipation in the future.The facility will
also be open on a daily basis for members
of the local community.
Par ticipation at the site is forecast to grow
dramatically, with the pitch being used
by over 400 people on a weekly basis,
an increase of 92%.The project will also
increase the number of teams operated by
the club from 15 to 32, as par t of a five-
year football development plan.
Terry Ritson, Spor ts Co-ordinator at
Gateshead Redheugh 1957 FC, said:
“We would like to thank the Foundation
for making our dreams become a
reality.The new clubhouse will help the
club move forward into the future by
providing first class facilities for both
boys’ and girls’ football.”
Former Newcastle United and England forward Peter
Beardsley MBE recently cut the ribbon at Walker Technology
College’s new third generation ar tificial grass pitch.The college
worked in par tnership with the Nor thumberland FA to secure
a £102,000 Foundation grant.
After taking par t in a seven-a-side match at the opening
ceremony, Peter said:
“It is excellent to see this new football
facility become available to people studying atWalker
Technology College and also those outside the college.
“The floodlit and all-weather elements of the pitch are
particularly important because, no matter what the weather
is like, it gives the students somewhere to go after classes
and do something positive.”
The college’s new third generation pitch will benefit both the
students and the wider community, with forecasts suggesting it
will be used by over 1,750 people on a weekly basis.
“It is great that grassroots clubs and schools have
somewhere they can gain help, especially in these tough
economic times, and credit goes to the Foundation’s funding
partners – The FA, the Premier League and the Government
– for providing the crucial cash to make this happen,”
Peter added.
Former Newcastle United midfielder and current Academy
Football Coach at Walker Technology College, Stuar t Elliott,
“With the help and backing of both the college
itself and the Foundation, we will now be able to provide
a fantastic new football facility, not only for the college
students but the whole community.”
Newcastle United
boss opens football
home for homeless
in Gateshead
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 29