North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon has praised the work of a local community sports club after paying a visit to see its new footballing facilities.
Mary Glindon spent a morning at Forest Hall Young People’s Club in East Palmersville, which hosts matches for more than 50 football teams from Forest Hall Football Club’s junior and senior sides, as well as the Forest Hall Dazzlers disability teams.
Forest Hall is a Charter Standard Community Football Club run almost entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, and is also home to a number of other sporting and community activities, including the Forest Hall Boxing Club, zumba classes and private functions.
It recently secured a £4,000 grant from The Banks Group’s Banks Community Fund which has been used to purchase two new sets of goalposts that have now been brought in in time for the new football season.
The previous goalposts provided by the club for matches and training sessions had begun to show serious signs of wear and tear after many years of use, and were also needing to be upgraded to comply with new Football Association standards.
The new goals are on wheels to make them easier to move, and they are already significantly reducing the amount of time that players and parents need to spend to set them up and take them down before and after matches.
Mary Glindon, the MP for North Tyneside, says: “Phil Embleton and his team do an amazing job running the Forest Hall Young People’s Club, and I found my visit to the ground inspiring and humbling.
“It’s a very well kept club which offers a huge variety of activities, including football, walking football, zumba, boxing, slimming world and many more, and is a highly valuable part of the Forest Hall community.
“The Banks Community Fund grant to purchase new and better goalposts is a great addition to the club’s facilities. I know Phil and all at the club are very grateful for this support from Banks, and I wish both the Forest Hall Young People’s Club and The Banks Group every success in the future.”
Phil Embleton, coach at Forest Hall Young People’s Club, adds: “With so much use, our previous goals were showing signs of their age, but the need to bring them up to new FA standards was creating a real problem for us before the Banks Group stepped in to help out.
“Our aim is to maximise participation in sport and get as many local people involved with our teams as we can, and experience tells that the better the equipment we can offer, the more likely it is that players will want to turn out for our teams.
“We’re very grateful to Mary for coming along to look at the facilities we offer to local people, and with the new football season now underway, we hope to see even more of them getting involved.”
Chris Kelsey, communications manager at the Banks Group, says: “The Banks Community Fund is designed to improve the facilities available to people living in the areas in which we’re working, and this is a great example of how funding from it is achieving just that for the Forest Hall footballers.”
The Banks Community Fund provides grants for community groups and voluntary organisations in the vicinity of Banks Group projects.
Anyone interested in applying for funding should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342 to check if their group or project is eligible.