Parish support for community sport scheme

St Mary's C. of E. VA Middle School Belford.
St Mary's C. of E. VA Middle School Belford.

Councillors are keen to push their support for proposals to open up school sports facilities for out-of-hours use by local youngsters.

At the parish council in October last year, PC Geoff Craddock told members that he had spoken to then headteacher Lynne Brooks about the suggestion.

He said that while insurance would not allow use of the playing fields, there was the possibility of using one of the hard-court areas, provided funding was made available for extra fencing as well as sports equipment.

PC Craddock said that financial support from the parish council and Belford Community Group would be welcome, but that he would also apply to Lmaps (Local Multi-Agency Problem Solving group).

At last Thursday’s meeting, PC Craddock said that he was still working on the idea.

He had sent a proposal to the school, which needed the approval of governors and he attended one meeting, but has to return to a future meeting.

The idea had also been discussed with the county council, who welcomed the idea of boosting ‘community engagement’.

County Coun John Woodman said that with rural schools facing funding difficulties due to having too large a site, it seemed a ‘no-brainer’ to use facilities as much as possible.