Junior footballers kick off new era at Pier Field
Three teams from Berwick Juniors played their first matches at the Pier Field last weekend following a major link-up between the youth football set-up and Berwick Cricket Club.
The Berwick Panthers (U12s), Berwick Lions (U9s) and Berwick Tigers (U9s) all took on Newcastle-based opposition in games on the newly-marked pitch on the Cricket Club’s outfield, with the Panthers going down 4-2 in a closely-contested encounter against Kingston Park.
The idea for the link-up came about in the summer following the announcement of the Juniors’ kit sponsorship from Simpsons Malt and the company’s connections with the Cricket Club who, at that time, had just unveiled its plans to build a new two-storey, multi-sport clubhouse on the site of its existing pavilion.
It was suggested that the two clubs come together, with the short-term benefits being that with another sports team requiring use of the current pavilion – in addition to Berwick Cricket Club and Berwick Tennis Club – it will open access to more grant funding that will hopefully help to accelerate the building of the new clubhouse.
In the long-term, it will give Berwick Juniors a permanent home, although even now the current pavilion provides access to toilets, shelter and refreshments – basic amenities that aren’t readily available at any of the other venues the club’s teams play at.
Speaking about the new link-up, Berwick Juniors Chairman Steven Ingram said: “We are excited about this ambitious project at the Pier Field which will see Berwick Cricket Club, Berwick Tennis Club and Berwick Juniors come together to work on a long-term plan for the facility’s development, which would see year-round use benefiting all age groups across three different sports.
“We are looking forward to working closely with the Cricket Club and Tennis Club and would like to thank them both for approaching us and allowing us to become a part of this project.”
Chris Keenan, Berwick Cricket Club Chairman, added: “We hope the players and their parents enjoy the location, and facilities we have to offer, and hope this is just the start of what promises to be a long and fruitful relationship.”