Olympic legacy aid opens new facility

The official opening of the new facilities at Stakeford and Bomasund Sports and Social Welface Centre with MP Ian Lavery and Bill Ogilvy.  GM021401
The official opening of the new facilities at Stakeford and Bomasund Sports and Social Welface Centre with MP Ian Lavery and Bill Ogilvy. GM021401
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A grant has helped kick-start the development of new sports facilities in Stakeford.

SITA UK provided funding of £60,000 to help deliver new sports facilities for the lasting benefit of the whole area.

Officials at Stakeford and Bomarsund Sports and Social Welfare Centre had bid for the money as part of their Olympic legacy plans.

With support from Choppington Parish Council, the legacy initiative has provided a new floodlit football pitch with all-weather 3G surfacing, upgraded playing surfaces for football and cricket, and a bowling green which has been brought up to county standards.

There is also improved disabled access and a target of improving sporting access for all.

A special celebratory event was held last Friday to mark the opening of the new-look facilities.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, also a trustee of the NE Area Miners Welfare Trust Fund, carried out the opening and applauded the work of the welfare and parish council.

He said: “It is good to hear a community talking about what can be done rather than what cannot.

“What is being delivered by the welfare and Choppington Parish Council in working together shows that even in these times of financial cuts there are people who can deliver first class facilities and make the Olympic legacy real.”

The Olympic legacy bid has also attracted significant grants, including £40,000 from the NE Area Miners Welfare Trust Fund.

The next three years will see further significant investment to provide new facilities for young people in Guide Post and Choppington.

Parish council chairman Coun Ray Butler said: “The parish council has worked with the welfare to provide professional football and qualified cricket coaching to our local schools at breakfast, lunch and after-school clubs, all free of charge.

“I congratulate everyone involved.

“Kids enjoying sport is the Olympic legacy.”