A SPORTS venue celebrated a £500,000 revamp after years of hard work at a joyous ceremony.
Seaton Sports and Social Club can cater for meet the growing demand of the community for sports facilities after getting brand new pitches, changing rooms and revamped clubhouse.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday when he officially opened the new facilities.
They include two new youth football pitches and one adult pitch after more than five acres of land leased to the club by Hartlepool Borough Council were transformed.
They will accommodate the club’s growing junior football section, including girls and boys’ teams.
Until now, several teams had to play elsewhere. The old pitch was also often waterlogged causing matches to be cancelled.
Invited guests took a tour of the improvements at the Hornby Park ground in Elizabeth Way.
Club vice chairman Bernie Kelly said: “It is great to see the clubhouse and pitches being opened.
“It has been a lot of hard work to get here but it was worth the effort.
“We would like to thank everyone who got involved and who provided funding.
“A lot of people already use the site and we hope the numbers will increase now the improved clubhouse is open.”
Yesterday’s opening marked the end of two years of hard work which saw a complete revamp of the main building, construction of new public spaces, changing rooms and toilets.
It was thanks to grants totalling £516,000.
Financial backers included the English and Welsh Cricket Board, Sport England, Rugby Football Union, Hartlepool Council, Hartlepool Grant Givers, Garfield Weston Foundation, Sir James Knott Trust, Trusthouse Forte Foundation, Durham FA, Biffaward.
The Veolia Environmental Trust awarded the project £25,440 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Maria Cade, senior project manager at The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “It is great to see Seaton Carew’s project now complete and I look forward to looking round the facilities at the opening.
“Investment such as this will hopefully provide a much improved community facility for many years to come.”
The club expects more community groups, such as disabled groups, daycare services, Sportability and sport governing bodies will use the new clubhouse for meetings and events during the week.