Grant will help net a new football facility

From left to right:- John Farrage of North Shields Juniors AFC; Derek Booth, FA councillor; Mark Woodhall, NFA foortball development officer; Clive Oliver, chief executive NFA; Bobby Graham, director of sport at John Spence Community High School.
From left to right:- John Farrage of North Shields Juniors AFC; Derek Booth, FA councillor; Mark Woodhall, NFA foortball development officer; Clive Oliver, chief executive NFA; Bobby Graham, director of sport at John Spence Community High School.
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A school has secured nearly £250,000 to replace its artificial football pitch.

John Spence Community High School in North Shields is to receive £242,000 from the Football Foundation for the refurbishment of its artificial grass pitch, which was laid in 1996.

The school will use the cash to upgrade to a safer and more user-friendly third generation (3G) playing surface, helping complement the four changing rooms on site.

And the news has come as an added boost for the school’s partner club, North Shields Juniors AFC, which features more than 900 youngsters and 36 teams.

Officials at the school worked with the Northumberland FA to secure the funding towards the £324,536 project.

Headteacher Jim Stephenson said: “I am overjoyed that our funding request to the Football Foundation has been successful. The new playing facilities will enable members of the local community to enjoy football activities for the foreseeable future.”

Football Foundation chief executive Paul Thorogood said: “I am delighted that a Football Foundation grant will enable John Spence Community High School to make these refurbishments.”