On Wednesday 20th March, the school charity, the Friends of Walbottle, celebrated the launch of a project which aims to bring a new, state of the art sports facility to Walbottle Campus.

Sport for Health aims to raise £230,000 to install a 3G multi-sport playing pitch in the grounds of Walbottle Campus, benefiting students of the school as well as surrounding communities.

It is anticipated that this new facility will become home to new rugby league club ‘West Newcastle Magpies RL,’ which is to be established by Newcastle Thunder later this year. The 3G pitch will provide better facilities to local football clubs Walbottle Juniors FC, Throckley Magpies FC, Blue Star FC and West Denton Social FC. In addition, it is hoped that the development will create opportunities for the development of more grassroots clubs, as well as local primary schools, charities and other community sports organisations.

The launch of the project was attended by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr David Down and the Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr David Cook, both of whom are supporters of the project. To date, the Friends of Walbottle have raised £125,080, placing them are over half way to reaching their fundraising goal. Staff, students and community partners are now working tirelessly to raise the remaining funds through grant applications and school and community fundraising events with the aim to start work on the 3G pitch this coming summer.Ms K Lord, Head Teacher at Walbottle Campus, said: “I believe that our young people and communities deserve access to excellent sports facilities. Over the last three years there has been a significant population growth in the outer west of Newcastle, but unfortunately there has been very limited development of sport and leisure facilities in the area. Installing a 3G pitch at Walbottle Campus will create a community hub, providing access to a state of the art sport facility and promoting health and wellbeing in our communities.”

The Deputy Mayor and Sheriff of Newcastle, Cllr David Cook, said: “I’m delighted to support the Friends of Walbottle project to install a 3G pitch at Walbottle Campus. As a Councillor for Lemington, I care deeply about the outer west of Newcastle and believe our communities will benefit greatly from this development. I hope to return to Walbottle Campus in my new role as Lord Mayor in the autumn to celebrate the opening of the new 3G pitch.”

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