Thanks to gaining some excellent grant aid this summer, from the FA, Football Foundation and Sunderland City Council, plus support from fans and friends of the club, Sunderland RCA have been able to progress a number of important projects at our Sunderland LGV Park ground over the past few months, with a total cost of £31,000.
Many, many thanks to our benefactors, which as well as the organisations named above and many of our regular friends and supporters, have included former City Councillor Paula Hunt, Orange Box Self Storage Ltd, Ken Stenger at Longden, Walker and Renney solicitors, Kitchen Magic, and a number of others.
The work completed has included our main stand, named after the man who built it, the always remembered Ray Baines, being shot blasted and repainted. This work was long overdue and as a result the stand is now looking good and, more importantly, is safe and secure for a good few more years. And has a lot fewer holes to let the rain in!
The pitch has also had a full summer makeover by North East specialists and old friends of the club, Turfcare Ltd, and is looking a picture. And to keep it that way our groundsmen, Dave, George, Graham and Norman have another new, or anyway nearly new, tractor to add to their machinery fleet.
We have also bought a new container cabin, which, as well as tractor storage, is being transformed by Dave and his colleagues into a new workshop, enabling them to stay busy come rain or snow.
New heaters have been installed in the clubhouse, the kitchen upgraded and an electricity supply to the new workshop is being fitted. Finally an up to date supply of small equipment and supplies have been purchased to set us up for the coming season, including soon WiFi and the ability to take cashless payments at the gate and in the clubhouse, both due to be in place for the start of the season.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon.