Construction work will this week start on a new 3G sports pitch at Stockton Town Football Club.
The club’s partnership with Stockton Sixth Form College has secured the addition of the all-weather artificial grass facility on the site of the college’s current sports pitch on Bishopton Road West.
The facility will provide the club with a Northern-league standard ground, complete with dugouts, a spectator stand, changing block and refreshments room.
College students will be able to use the facility in lessons and through team sport training and extra-curricular activities. In addition, the pitch will be opened up to the community and available for use by local schools, sporting teams and members of the public year-round.
Martin Hillerby, Chairman at Stockton Town Football Club, said: “This facility will not just provide benefits to the club and college, but for our wider local community and the town on the whole.
“The pitch will allow us to offer year-round sporting opportunities; playing, coaching, volunteering or supporting, to every age group, from children to senior citizens. We are also specifically offering time set aside for community usage, giving local groups and clubs access to a top specification facility within their most local area.
“This facility will become a community asset that will enhance the club, college and our town for years to come.”
Joanna Bailey, Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “Our sport courses produce consistently outstanding results and we are delighted to enhance the sporting facilities available to our students on-site.
“We currently run an active liaison programme with local primary and secondary schools and look forward to offering exciting sporting enrichment activities on a state-of-the-art pitch in the coming months.”
Grangefield ward councillors, Carol and Michael Clark, said: “This is the biggest investment our neighbourhood has ever seen and is great news for the college, club and wider community.
“At a time when so many local facilities are cutting back or even closing, it is good to see we are still attracting investment for a real community asset that will benefit local people for generations.
“Together with the re-location of the Stockton Rugby Club to the Grangefield site and the ongoing improvement work at the Grangefield Centre, it is a tremendous way to start the New Year.”