Football club nets funding boost

29 Nov 2017


Cramlington Town Football Club has scored a funding boost from the County Council towards improving its pitches.

The council’s Cabinet approved a retrospective capital grant award of £15,000 from the s106 Cramlington Development fund, which was carried forward from Blyth Valley Borough Council at the time of Local Government Review.

It was built up from developers contributions from new housing built in Cramlington over a 20-30 year period and included developer contributions towards the provision or improvement of sport and play facilities in the local area.

The funding was used - alongside significant Sport England and Football Foundation support secured directly by the club - for extensive ground levelling and new drainage at East Hartford, creating five pitches.

The increase and improvement will benefit over 400 members at the club and has meant the site can be opened to the wider community.

Earlier this year the club received a further £35,000 from the s106 fund to refurbish and weatherproof its facilities and resurface the carpark.

Councillor Barry Flux, Ward Councillor and Deputy Business Chair, said: “It’s great to be able to support the development of local sports facilities which are extremely well used by the community.

“Work is ongoing at the club on a number of improvements which hopefully will inspire future generations of football enthusiasts.”

Stephen Sams, Chair of Cramlington Town FC, said: “The club is delighted to receive the funding from the council and would like to thank them for their support.

“It will allow us to establish our own base in the town, expand team development , increasing opportunities for children and young people to participate in football and encourage and promote the facilities within the local community.”