County Durham partnership pitches in to see football club through coronavirus
A council grant will help ensure that a County Durham football club will play on following the current pandemic.
Non-league club Tow Law Town AFC has been awarded £1,800 in funding from our 3 Towns Area Action Partnership(AAP).
The contribution will cover the utilities costs that the club has incurred during the coronavirus outbreak.
The club, which plays in the EBAC Northern League, hasn't played a home fixture at its Ironworks Road ground since 1 February and followed Government guidance to lock down its clubhouse.
As a result, it is without a primary source of income and applied to the local AAP for assistance to meet its various overheads, helping to safeguard the club's future.
Organisations across County Durham are receiving financial boosts from us to support them during the pandemic. Each of our 14 AAPs has been allocated £100,000 to help community and voluntary groups in their area which have been adversely affected during these challenging times, and an additional £100,000 has been allocated for countywide projects which need assistance.
Ensuring facilities are available when reopening can commence
Sandy Denney, AAP coordinator for the 3 Towns Partnership, said: "Tow Law Town AFC is an important part of the town's community and of the surrounding rural villages, and it has a long and valuable history stretching back 130 years.
"Assisting community organisations like this in their upkeep will allow us to ensure their facilities and services are still available to everyone when reopening can commence. I know the club is looking forward to welcoming supporters both old and new when it is able."
As well as the impact of coronavirus, the team, nicknamed The Lawyers, also recently had to contend with a sink hole appearing in its pitch, which was repaired using money crowdfunded from the local community.
Keeping going during uncertain times
Steve Moralee, club secretary, said: "Tow Law Town AFC wishes to place on record our thanks and appreciation to the 3 Towns Partnership for the grant in these very difficult times. We will be using the grant towards our ongoing utility costs and it is a great help to keep organisations like ours going during this time of uncertainty."
3 Towns Partnership is one of 14 Area Action Partnerships working across County Durham to identify local priorities and implement the actions required to tackle them. It works with communities in Crook, Tow Law, Willington and surrounding villages.