Grass is greener for sports club

From left, Val Burt, P&G, Tom Scarry, director at Blue Flames, and Carol Hill, P&G. Photo by Mike Urwin
From left, Val Burt, P&G, Tom Scarry, director at Blue Flames, and Carol Hill, P&G. Photo by Mike Urwin

A SPORTS club now has an extra cutting edge after being given funding to splash out on a new ride-on lawnmower to keep its pitches in optimum condition.

Benton’s Blue Flames Sporting Club was able to afford the mower thanks to £8,000 worth of grants provided by two charities and one of the borough’s biggest employers.

The Whitley Road club was given £3,000 raised by employees at consumer products firm Procter and Gamble’s innovation centre in Longbenton to add to £5,000 it had already set aside.

The club’s operations director, Tom Scarry, said: “We really are so grateful.

“We had been awarded £4,000 by the Football Foundation and £1,000 by the Sir James Knott Trust, but we still needed that final push to raise the amount we needed.

“P&G’s Longbenton site came to the rescue at just the right time. Without their support, there is no way we would have been able to buy the lawnmower.”

“The grass-cutter has been a great boost for Blue Flames as we also maintain the playing fields of two local youth clubs.”

The not-for-profit club, home to the Northumberland Football Association, was one of only 20 north east sites to host training camps ahead of this year’s London Olympic Games.

Gill Hardy, community fundraising co-ordinator at P&G’s Longbenton office, said: “We are delighted to have helped to buy this piece of equipment for a club that offers affordable activities to children in Benton and the surrounding area.”