A BIG cash boost from South Tyneside Council will keep footballers on the ball – and help children fight obesity.
Officials of Hebburn Town FC successfully applied for cash support from town councillors.
Members of Hebburn community area forum agreed a grant of £4,600 to the club at its latest meeting.
The money will not only boost the team, but help in the battle to improve the health of local youngsters, including tackling obesity.
Formed in 1912, the club is based at Hebburn Sports and Social Club, off Victoria Road West, Hebburn, and is actively involved in non-league football.
The club applied for cash support to pay for everything from strips and training kit to footballs and floodlight bulbs.
Club officials have confirmed that all the money will be spent within South Tyneside and for the benefit of the local community.
Coun John McCabe, vice-chairman of the Hebburn forum, said: “I think we should approve this, as it’s a worthwhile cause.
“It supports not just the local football team but also the local young people who aspire not only to be footballers, but to be healthy.
“One of the biggest problems we face in the borough is obesity with children and anything that can help towards getting our children fit, we should support.”
Coun McCabe also asked if the Hebburn forum logo could be included on the Hebburn Town FC strip.
Members were told this was “normal procedure” when public money was agreed in the form of grants.