Spennymoor Town Youth FC concluded its time at the Tudhoe training complex today, marked by a group clean-up from players, coaches and volunteers.
Following the announcement last week that the academy would be relocating to East Durham College Houghall and Peterlee Campuses from the start of November, the curtain came down on a chapter in the history of the youth football club.
Tudhoe has provided a base for youth players of all ages for eight years, and whilst there is excitement ahead of a new era for the academy, there is also a sense of sadness given the memories that were made on the various pitches down the years.
The club would like to thank all the coaches, players and volunteers who gave up their time to help out with the tidy-up this morning, with the area now clear of rubbish.
Our thanks also go out to Thinford McDonalds, who kindly provided a free meal for all those who gave a helping hand today.
Andy Lowe, Head of Academy, reflected on a bittersweet day for the club.
He said: “Hundreds of children have played football for Spennymoor Town Youth FC over the last eight years at Tudhoe, and long lasting memories have been made.
“However, it became very apparent over the past 12 months that we would not be supported to deliver essential developments required to continue playing there.
“With the growth of our club and the need for changing facilities, toilets and security, the club decided there was no other choice but to move on.
“All the goals have now been removed, and a group of our young players and coaches spent this morning cleaning up the site to ensure we left the grounds tidy.
“Whilst it’s a sad day to be forced to leave, it represents a huge step forward for the academy with a new dawn at improved facilities and more opportunities than ever for our players and families.
“I’d like to praise the efforts of the youngsters and coaches who supported our clean up today. They have done themselves and the club proud.”