Spartans’ proposal for new pitch will benefit local school

Plans have been submitted for a new all-weather training pitch by a semi-professional football club that will help provide a grassed area for a local first school.

Blyth Spartans are hoping to get the green light from Northumberland County Council for their new 3G pitch, which will also be used by Croftway Primary Academy.

The school has no grassed play areas or similar soft games space within its grounds, and instead pupils use the club’s training area behind the north stand.

“The grassed training area is notoriously bad for drainage and after heavy rain can take several days to dry out making it unusable for sport for long periods of the year,” said Spartans’ chairman Tony Platten.

“The club has been working jointly with the school and Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure Department to explore possible solutions to this problem.

“This new funding project has been identified as a potential solution that involves installing a 3G all-weather artificial surface that incorporates sub-surface drainage and water storage.

“The idea was first muted several years ago but because of funding issues it was put on the back burner.

“With improvements on and off the pitch I felt it was time to resurrect the project.”

Proposals for the installation of the all-weather playing surface, including floodlighting and water harvesting to replace existing grass surface, have now gone to planners at Northumberland County Council for consideration.

If given the green light, it would mean the club’s main grass pitch could be used for all matches, while the new pitch could be used throughout the winter for the new football academy, to prevent damage to the main stadium pitch.

The proposal is to provide two play areas a 3G football pitch and a macadam MUGA area, with funding for the project being provided by the club.