North Companions Football Club to add training ground to Marius St playing fields.

NEW GROUND: Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson with North Companions president Steven Mitchell at the Marius St playing fields. Photo: Peter Hardin 100117PHB009

NEW GROUND: Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson with North Companions president Steven Mitchell at the Marius St playing fields. Photo: Peter Hardin 100117PHB009

NORTH Companions Football Club are set to add new training facilities to their Marius St base, with state government delivering funding for development at the Tamworth club.

The new facility won’t be ready for the 2017 season, but the club said the development of currently unused land will help keep the playing fields in better nick in the future.

“We have two fields where roughly 300 players and about 32 teams of players train,” club president Steven Mitchell said.

“This will create less stress on the two fields.”

Mitchell said the funding will essentially create a training area for the club’s junior players, who make up a great deal of Northie’s numbers.

About 2500 square metres of land at the site will be leveled and primed for training to keep juniors and seniors separate.

“It was previously a nothing area, we saw an opportunity to create this space,” Mitchell said.

The club secured $18,005 from the NSW government for the makeover, which was granted through the “community building partnerships program”.

Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the money should help the club grow.

“When Northies came to us and said ‘give us a bit of hand’, we said ‘absolutely’, Mr Anderson said.

“We were able to facilitate the process of that.

“Each year the program comes online and we’ll be letting organisations and the community know when it does open up again and I encourage clubs to put their hand, I want to make sure that our communities get their fair share.”

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