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School to take over sports facility

Marden Bridge Sports Centre.

Marden Bridge Sports Centre.

A borough sports centre is being taken over by a school after funding was withdrawn by North Tyneside Council.

Marden Bridge Sports Centre, in Whitley Bay, has provided sporting opportunities and facilities to both the school it shares the site with and residents and visitors for nearly 16 years.

Previously managed by the council and Marden Bridge Middle School, the school will now take over the sole management of the centre from Monday, June 16.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Marden Bridge Sports Centre is a much-loved community facility and has been since we opened it in 1999.

“Unfortunately, a decision was made by the previous administration to remove the funding from the sports centre as part of the 2012-13 budget.

“Since taking office, I asked officers to work with the school to look at ways in which the centre can be managed for the continued benefit of the school and the community, and I delighted we have been able to do so.

“I’m also really pleased that this decision means the young people will continue to have fantastic facilities – it’s a great asset for the school and will benefit them hugely.

“It also means the community will keep a fantastic sports centre right on their doorstep.

Customers won’t notice any real change and I hope journey.”

To support the school to manage and run the centre, the council is planning to renew the all-weather pitches, which mean they are also suitable for competitive hockey.

The local authority will also still run its highly popular Kids Get Active and Marden Mouse Activity clubs.

Headteacher John Newport said: “This is a really exciting time for our school, and this decision ensures we have first class sports facilities for the benefit of both our pupils and the general public.

“We look forward to building on the excellent relationships we have with our existing clubs and centre users and developing more activities for the community as a whole.

“I would like to thank North Tyneside Council for its continued support over the last 16 years.”

There are currently no plans to increase prices and most existing bookings will remain in place.

Enquiries for bookings can be made by emailing mardenbridge.sportscentre@northtyneside.gov.uk

 

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