Gateshead Redheugh 1957 Community FC

12 April 2024

Gateshead Redheugh 1957 Community Football Club moved to their brand new purpose-built facility in December 2011. They are an FA Charter Standard Community Club based in Teams, Gateshead, with over 30 teams including girls and over 40 seniors teams

The club is affiliated with Durham FA and is a charity-run organisation that relies on the volunteer workforce to keep the club alive and work hard towards making it the heart of the community.

VIY will work on changing rooms, updating the decoration, and using refurbishment to create ‘themed rooms’ to promote inclusion. We will paint hallway areas, and external works, including constructing two mobile disabled shelters for spectators, disabled parking bay painting, the laying of disabled access matting to grass pitch, and the rebuilding of a small wall for health and safety reasons at the rear of the clubhouse.

Impact

The VIY refurbishment works will promote inclusivity, and highlight female football to create an environment that can support the continued growth of female football in the area.

The works will also aim to allow more people with disabilities to attend the club by providing improved parking bays, disabled access to the football pitch, and the construction of mobile disabled spectator ‘dugouts’ to provide weather protection.

The painting and creation of themed changing rooms will celebrate key topics, and promote equality and diversity, mental health, and local history.

Project Contact: Gemma Torr, email gemma@teamviy.com

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