Date published: 10/04/2013
Former Newcastle United and England footballer Peter Beardsley has officially opened a new state-of-the-art playing surface in Northumberland thanks to a £184,584 grant from the Football Foundation.
The full size third generation (3G) artificial grass football pitch at Sporting Club Cramlington was completed with a £100,000 investment from Cramlington Learning Village and Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure.
The main beneficiaries will be Cramlington Town FC and Cramlington Juniors FC who each contributed £1,500. The floodlit pitch can be divided into areas for training or competitive matches and is also available for hire by residents and teams from across South-East Northumberland.
Community support was received from Cramlington Town Council and Northumberland County Councillors, Tom Brechany and Barrie Crowther, who all committed funds to the project.
Peter Beardsley said: “This surface will make a real difference to grassroots players who are developing their skills and it’s great to see Football Foundation funding recognising partnerships such at this one.”
Paul Steanson, Director of Sport at Cramlington Learning Village, said: “We are delighted to see this facility open in Cramlington. It will greatly enhance teaching and learning, create opportunities for our pupils and will support the terrific work of football clubs in our community.
“Young players need to train and play on this quality of surface especially in the winter months and we are extremely grateful to the Football Foundation for making this possible in Cramlington and for the support we have received from Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure and the Northumberland FA.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Northumberland FA, Cramlington Learning Village has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for its endeavours.”
“This project in Cramlington is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country. Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots game in this country, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) for their crucial and generous financial support, without which none of this would be possible.
“I am also delighted that a real legend of the game Peter Beardsley unveiled the new site – Peter has been a wonderful supporter of the Foundation and the grassroots game over the years.”
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