Fears over future of club’s facilities

Seaton Delaval Dynamos, who have fears over the future of their playing fields.
Seaton Delaval Dynamos, who have fears over the future of their playing fields.

A review of open spaces is taking place in Seaton Valley after one junior football club raised concerns about their future.

Seaton Delaval Dynamos have been training on the fields at the former Whytrig Middle School since their formation over five years ago and after securing a deal with Northumberland County Council can remain on site until the end of the season at least providing they take over responsibility for maintaining it.

But concerns have been raised if the school and land is sold off to developers then the club will be left with no facilities of their own.

The club currently has around 50 local youngsters on their books, among four different teams for children aged from 11 to 15 and were proud to be awarded National Charter Standard Club of the Year in 2013 by Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Trevor Brooking.

Anna Milburn, vice chairman, said: “The council have said we can use the school field as long as we maintain it which means paying to have the grass cut and the pitch marked out every fortnight. At present, the future of the whole site, field and buildings is uncertain so unfortunately we can’t get any grants to help the club as we haven’t got a lease on the field and we can’t get anything concrete until we know the decision on the future of the Whytrig site.

“If we lost use of the Whytrig site we wouldn’t have a base. No one seems to know what is happening as yet.

“It’s the only site available to us in Seaton Delaval.

“We’re just trying to get community support to help raise our issue and make people aware of the club.”

While training at Whytrig, Seaton Delaval Dynamos have to play matches at New Hartley, Whitley Bay and Benton.

Club officials have written to Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell has donated £125 and pledged to write a letter of support to help them with any applications for grants or funding.

And they are hoping more residents or businesses will come forward to help in any capacity.

Anyone who can help the club should email dynamos1@tiscali.co.uk

A council spokesperson said: “Along with the Northumberland Football Association we’re in regular dialogue with the club and are keen to support them – we’ve given consent for the club to use the football pitch for the rest of the season and there is no intention to withdraw this offer.

“In the longer term, if the landowner decides to develop the site for housing, an alternative site will be found, working in consultation with the club.

“The council is also revising its Playing Pitch Strategy and Action Plan which will include addressing the lack of provision in the Seaton Valley area.”