Heritage Park pitch officially opened

Bishop Auckland’s MP and town Mayor, Helen Goodman and Cllr Ann Golightly were in attendance to officially open Bishop Auckland FC’s new pitch upgrade at Heritage Park recently on Saturday 25th February.

The project was made possible by the generous bequest from the late Colin Rowel, supplemented by a grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

Ms Goodman said: “The new pitch at Heritage Park will have such a positive impact on the club’s future. It will allow them to complete more home games on a top quality playing surface, and subsequently attract more local fans.

“Sports infrastructure at the lower levels is so important, helping clubs such as Bishop Auckland FC to progress from the bottom-up, by having the physical provision in place to enable planning for the long-term.

“I’d like to thank the club for their all hard work throughout this project, and inviting me to open the new pitch today.

“Of course too, the Premier League, through the FSIF, whose investment into Heritage Park for over a decade has enabled the club to progress, and continue to provide a focal football hub for the local area.”

Nick Postma, Chairman of Bishop Auckland FC, said: “The grant from the Premier League, through the FSIF, has been so gratefully received by the club and will help us resolve our previous issues with the pitch being frequently waterlogged.

“We also now have a pitch where teams can play good football, which will help us in our ambition to play at the highest level possible.”

The Two Blues went on to win the match against Seaham Red Star 3-0 with top scorer, Andrew Johnson notching another brace with James Fairley grabbing the other.

Bishops currently lie 6th in Northern League Division One.

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