GRASSROOTS sport in the county has been given a boost, after a Northumberland school received a grant of £184,584 from the Football Foundation.
The £296,788 project includes a combined investment of £98,704 by Cramlington Learning Village and Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure (BVAL) together with a £5,000 contribution from the junior football clubs in the town.
Local support was also received from Cramlington Town Council and Northumberland County Councillors Tom Brechany and Barrie Crowther who all committed funds to the project by way of community grants.
The funding will allow the school to refurbish an existing sand-based surface into a floodlit state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass football pitch for use by students and the wider community.
Paul Steanson, director of sport at Cramlington Learning Village, said: “We are really grateful to the Football Foundation for recognising and supporting the growth of football in Cramlington.
“The grant to fund the new surface will greatly enhance our teaching and learning environment and our wider community will enjoy an enhanced playing experience.
“The strength of our partnership with BVAL, which manages the facilities on our behalf, has contributed to the success of this bid.
“Northumberland FA also played a crucial supporting role during the bidding process and we look forward to expanding playing opportunities for local clubs as part of our football development plan.”
Football Foundation chief executive, Paul Thorogood, said: “I commend Cramlington Learning Village and the Northumberland FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.”