Newcastle United stars, Shola and Sammy Ameobi,
returned to the streets where they honed their
football skills as youngsters to open a newly
refurbished community sports centre.
The brothers, who both played forWalker Boys
Club and went to school nearby, were on hand to
launch the revampedWalker Activity Dome sports
centre, which has undergone a second phase of
redevelopment thanks to investment from the
Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF).
Shola, who has made more than 300 first
appearances for the Magpies, said:
“The new
facilities are absolutely brilliant. I think back to
when I was a kid growing up around here and we
didn’t have anything like this. It’s a fantastic scheme
for communities likeWalker.”
TheWalker Activity Dome has been transformed
into a state-of-the-art soccer centre following
an initial £2.5m investment by Newcastle City
Council.A joint bid for further funding by the
council’s Leisure Services and the Newcastle United
Foundation resulted in a £338,819 grant from the
PLCFF to complete improvements to ‘The Dome’.
Shola added:
“This is a city which lives for football
and the foundations are now there for a new
generation of players to come along, enjoy
themselves and to learn skills which will not only
benefit them on the pitch, but also off it in their
everyday lives.”
Improvements have been made to the main
hall, including new lighting and a new playing
surface as well as accessible changing facilities.
The PLCFF grant will also help to fund a football
development programme in partnership with
Newcastle United Foundation.
Neil Winskill, Football Development Manager at
Newcastle United Foundation, said:
“The facilities
atWalker are now second to none and I would
encourage everyone to come along and get
involved.We run a whole host of programmes at
the Dome, for all ages and abilities, ranging from
three year-olds up to adults.”
Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief
Executive, said:
“With the likes of Shola and Sammy
Ameobi, the community of East Newcastle has
never had far to look for inspiration. I’m sure
Newcastle United would like to find more like
them, but it’s also important to build on the legacy
created by London 2012 and that’s what the
Walker Activity Dome will do.”
launch grassroots
facility in Walker
Toon stars
The Premier League Community Facility Fund provides grants for new local sports
facilities for towns and cities across the country that help forge links between
professional football clubs and their local communities, with money provided by
the Premier League and delivered by the Foundation.
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