Cash boost for sports project

A MAJOR Morpeth sporting project has received a funding boost.

Construction work is currently being carried out on a new athletics track at King Edward VI School and a new all-weather synthetic surface from the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre is being installed for football and hockey.

In addition, improvements have been carried out by KEVI to rugby and football pitches.

Now project manager Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure (BVAL) has received a grant for £93,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund to spend on new changing room accommodation, which will be suitable for disabled athletes.

The money will also go towards extra athletics equipment such as hurdles, javelins and shot puts as well as new storage facilities.

BVAL Chief Executive Bruce Ledger said: “This is the icing on the cake for the project, as the funding will allow us to put in place a brand new facility that will benefit athletes and all KEVI pupils and purchase important equipment.”

Other money for this particular development came from Northumberland County Council, Morpeth Harriers and KEVI.

Along with Sport England they also funded the main part of the project, which began this summer after years of trying to find a suitable site.