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Grant will give club improved facilities

Coun Muriel Green sits in the digger at Lockey Park with Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism; James Welder, financial controller at Kier (far left), and players from Wideopen Junior Football Club.

Coun Muriel Green sits in the digger at Lockey Park with Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism; James Welder, financial controller at Kier (far left), and players from Wideopen Junior Football Club.

A borough park is set to be transformed after North Tyneside Council received a grant of almost £100,000.

Diggers have moved onto Lockey Park in Wideopen as work to build a new floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch for Wideopen Football Club and the wider community.

It has all bee made possible thanks to a grant of £99,000 by the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This is great news for Wideopen and just what the area needs.

“The new pitch and improvements are something the community has asked for.

“Once the area is transformed, it will provide the community and Wideopen Football Club with first-class facilities.”

Club chairman Mick Fawcett added: “From humble beginnings in 1986, Wideopen Football Club has taken massive steps in recent years.

“Since the clubhouse was built seven years ago, which saw the removal of temporary portacabins, the club was brought into the 21st century.

“The new 3G floodlit pitch will also completely change the way Wideopen Football Club handles its training, and the financial savings to the club can also not be ignored.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank all concerned for bringing this major investment to Wideopen”.

Work is due for completion by late autumn, and will be carried out by Kier North Tyneside.

James Walder, financial controller at Kier North Tyneside, said: “We are delighted to be involved in transforming another borough park, which will benefit residents of North Tyneside for years to come.

“Once the project is complete it will be an excellent facility for Wideopen Football Club and the wider community.”

Paul Thorogood, chief executive at the Football Foundation, added: “The Football Foundation is responsible for managing and delivering the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.

“When finished, this new floodlit 3G AGP will be an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game. First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport.

“Aided by the Northumberland FA, the North Tyneside Council deserves huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality.”

 

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