School charity, the Friends of Walbottle, are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a grant of £30,000 towards the Sport for Health project by the Garfield Weston Foundation, a family-founded, grant-making charity which supports causes across the UK.

Earlier this year the Friends of Walbottle launched the 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 at Walbottle Campus as well as surrounding communities. The significant investment from the Garfield Weston Foundation, coupled with a £2000 grant from Tesco and other fundraising events has enabled the charity to schedule the works to commence the build of the 3G pitch this coming summer.

In addition, the school charity was recently announced as one of the nominated charities of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr David Cook, for his year in office. A leading supporter of the school over the last 25 years, Cllr Cook was formerly Chair of the Governing body at Walbottle Campus and has been a Councillor for Lemington Ward since 2010.

It is anticipated that the new 3G 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 grassroots clubs, local primary schools, charities and other community sports organisations. The 3G pitch is scheduled to open in autumn 2019.