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SWALWELL JUNIORS FC have a proud history and provide a vital component to the local community. One drop of rain, however, and their facilities can get flooded.

Though it has been running in various forms for more than a quarter of a century, the club moved to the former site of the Derwenthaugh Coke works in 1998. Its then new clubhouse was finally opened in 2003.

Eventually, to floodlit full and three quarter-size grass pitches were added a five-a-side astroturf surface.

All serve two senior mens' teams - in the Northern Alliance and Christian League - a womens' side in the Durham Ladies League and youth teams ranging from Under-7 to Under-16 in the Russell Foster League, the Apollo Doors League and the South Tyneside Junior League.

That's around 250 kids and 60 adults.

But a decade of wear and tear, not to mention any and every time there's a downpour, have taken their toll on the artificial surface.

Matches and training are regularly interrupted by the weather. And club chairman and director Ian Buchanan, keen to refurbish the astroturf, says any financial assistance would be "fantastic".

"We're a family-orientated, community-based club," he said.

"We have over 200 young people at the club who rely on our astroturf fivea-side courts for training every week and weekends. It's an important facility for the community, we have disabled access, a bar and pool table. It all gets a lot of use.

"But the courts are badly in need of refurbishment due to the uneven surface, as the least bit of water causes flooding and the loss of the facility.

"Every time it rains it takes me half an hour to clear the water off the courts. There's only me to do it!

"I can be done, then it rains again and I have to start all over.

"The players are regularly forced to cancel training at short notice.

"We want people to come and use the pitches, we encourage the community to get involved here, so any help would go a long way to the cost of replacing the surfaces.

"We have less than 12 months left in the courts and need over PS300,000.

"Any money from CAPITAL ONE would be fantastic."

THE GROUNDS FOR IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN CAPITAL One, the Credit Card that Supports the Supporters and Proud Sponsor of the Capital One Cup, together with The Chronicle wants to hear your stories about the football grounds in your community.

Football is rich in memories. We want to uncover the idiosyncrasies, the affection, the memories andthe funny stories about the community football grounds you have visited either as a player, a referee, a supporter or a spectator. If you have a tale to tell, then Capital One, the Credit Card that Supports the supporters, is giving your local ground, the chance to win a makeover. The top prize is worth up to PS75,000: enough to transform even the most dilapidated wreck.

Enter at Closing date for entries is Friday, January 24, 2014.

SHARE YOUR FUNNY STORIES PLAYERS, supporters, wives or girlfriends will all have their own tales to tell, about weird and wonderful grounds, so why not send them to The Chronicle at and we'll print the best.


Judith Mailey who helps run Swalwell Juniors
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2013
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