Funding for two sport projects

Sports projects in the south east of the county are to receive funding to help improve facilities and playing fields in the region.

A total of 15 sports projects in the north east will receive a share of more than £1m of National Lottery funding, including projects in Bedlington and Cramlington.

Northumberland County Council will receive £135,000 to build a new sports pavilion in Gallagher Park in Bedlington, with changing rooms, a club room, toilets and kitchen facilities.

The pavilion will mean new sports can be introduced to the park, including athletics, orienteering and boot camps.

And new football pitches and improvements will be made to existing land at Cramlington Town FC to benefit younger players, as the club receives £58,000.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “News that we have secured this Sport England funding for leisure facilities at Bedlington is a real boost.

“It will enable us to progress with development of an excellent pavilion for Gallagher Park, which when complete will allow new sports and activities to be enjoyed – benefiting many local residents as well as visitors to the town.”

Sport England’s property director, Charles Johnston, said: “We’re delighted to have invested so much into community sport, and see on a daily basis the impact that it makes for local people.

“The latest round of facility funding continues to make a noticeable difference to community sports clubs across the country.

“By giving people top-class, sustainable facilities in which to play sport, and by improving and protecting our playing surfaces, we’re ensuring that more people can pay sport, more often.”