Super sports facility in South Shields
Curly was delighted to have been invited to the opening ceremony for the new Harton and Westoe Colliery Welfare club in Low Lane, West Harton this evening (that’s just behind the Harton Grange residential home on Boldon Lane, South Shields). The new club is very much at the heart of a regeneration in West Harton as the old Harton Colliery Welfare makes way for a brand new housing development and a state of the art sports facility which it’s community can be proud of.
The club operates under the auspices of CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation) and is run by an appointed board of 11 trustees from the nominating partners. Membership is open to all of the local community and the club is at the hub of a new housing development on one side and the Parkway Estate on the other side, one can expect that membership will be in great demand very quickly!
For as long as people can remember there has been social and sporting activities at this site, be it football, cricket, or travelling fairs and circuses, and the new ground whilst a little smaller in size than it’s predecessor boasts facilities that many upmarket developments would be jealous of. These include a football pitch, cricket pitch, enclosed five-a-side all weather pitch, bowling green, multi-purpose gymnasium, boxing, changing and showering facilities, and a generous sized lounge bar in the club house (complete with plasma screen television.) Whilst being very coy about the amount of money that was needed to build the new club, it is quite obvious that little expense has been spared, quality fittings and decor suggests a sizeable budget was involved.
CISWO is a National Charity which has a focus on the key role of delivering community and personal welfare services within mining and former mining communities. It’s work within the former coalfields strengthens social inclusion and empowers individuals and communities in the regeneration of areas still considered highly deprived.
The opening ceremony was performed by David Miliband, Environment Secretary and MP for South Shields, (pictured above – click to enlarge.)