Milestone reached on 250-seat stand

Representatives from Arch, Ashington Football Club, and Northumberland County Council at the topping out ceremony.
Representatives from Arch, Ashington Football Club, and Northumberland County Council at the topping out ceremony.
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A major milestone has been achieved in the development of new facilities at a south east Northumberland football club.

Developer Arch completed the highest point at Ashington Community Football Club (ACFC) with a topping out ceremony.

By investing in top class local facilities that improve the sporting experience, we’re helping more people develop a sporting habit for life

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery

The work includes a new 250-seater stand and clubhouse, with spectator and hospitality facilities.

Arch is supporting the club’s new facilities which will implement a change in revenue generation by encouraging greater community involvement and ownership, and it forms part of the overall renewal of the Ashington town centre and Hirst investment plan.

The new stand and clubhouse are expected to be completed and open by November.

Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck and chairman of the football club, said: “This is a major step for the Ashington Investment project and I am really excited to see the plans being turned into reality.

“This development is another phase to regenerate and revitalise Ashington and provide superb new football facilities and activities for local people.

“By investing in top class local facilities that improve the sporting experience, we’re helping more people develop a sporting habit for life.”

It is hoped the building works, which make up part of a £74m investment plan for the town, will help put Ashington Community Football Club on a sustainable long-term footing.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and chairman of Arch, said: “We want to have a prosperous county with sustainable economic growth – one where our local institutions can thrive.

“The ACFC development is set to provide some fantastic new facilities and encourage greater community involvement.”