People living in the area are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. Cullercoats Football Club have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade the site at Links Avenue.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
Grassroots football matches and training cannot take place at the moment due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will only restart when it is safe to do so following government advice but this funding is great news for local football in the meantime.
This grant will enable Cullercoats, whose Senior team play in the Northern Alliance Premier Division, alongside junior and youth sections with over 200 kids, to improve their pitch, club house and change room facilities.
Work has already started and players are already enjoying improved pitch quality, reducing the number of games cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
Club/Organisation worked with the Football Foundation and the County FA to secure over £50,000 in grants towards the project.
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental well-being. That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support insert club/organisation name in developing insert work being done or what the facility is for their local community.
“Working with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – we will be investing in over £1bn worth of local facilities across the country over the next decade. We believe we can transform lives and strengthen communities by unlocking the power of pitches and this is another project that brings us closer to that ultimate goal.”