A NON-LEAGUE football side will celebrate this season’s promotion in style after their facilities were brought up to scratch.
Ryhope CW FC will move up from the Wearside League to the Northern League Second Division this August.
The club, founded in 1892, had previously gone up in 2012, but were demoted back to the Wearside League last year after a Football Association committee ruled that facilities at the club were not of the required standard.
But now workers from Bellway Homes have extended the club’s existing changing room building, and incorporated shower facilities.
The FA required separate referee facilities and public toilets, which are now included following the completion of the work.
Commercial director and committee member, Peter Finn, approached Bellway in the hope that they would be able to assist the club’s promotional hopes.
“The club boasts a proud history and has a full trophy cabinet and work with a lot of young people in the area and have become a bit of a community hot spot, which is great for local families,” said Mr Finn.
“The calibre of the squad is first-class and they deserve to be playing in a higher league, however FA rules dictated that before we could be promoted we would have to improve the club’s facilities, which is why I approached Bellway Homes in the hope that they would help us out.”
Mr Finn added: “This will be a real lift for the players and the local community and we hope will act as a catalyst to greater success in the future.”
Bellway sales director, Rob Armstrong, said: “The club is a real sporting hub that pulls together the local community and works with the young people of the area.
“We were delighted to help them out on their journey.”
Ryhope host rivals Stockton Town, who have won the Wearside League this year, in the final of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup tonight – the first game in which the new facilities will be used.