Herlingshaw Centre

Two boys playing football

The Herlingshaw Centre is a multi-sports facility run by MFC Foundation, located in the heart of the local community in South Bank. The centre has accommodated over 10,000 visitors this year, due to the first class facilities that are available, the programmes that are held at the facility, and also the quality customer service provided.

The centres facilities include; 3G 7-a-side indoor pitch, three outdoor grass pitches and a full size outdoor 3G pitch, as well as function rooms and a classrooms.

In 2015, a newly-refurbished outdoor 3G pitch was unveiled. George Friend was joined by the Deputy Mayor for Redcar and Cleveland, Neil Bendelow, and former MFC Foundation Chair of Trustees Stewart Smith for the official opening.

George Friend commented on the facility: “I love the new pitch! It’s great that the Foundation now has such a superb facility. It’s a professional standard, and hopefully the local community can come and play like professionals on it! It is an amazing bit of equipment and I look forward to coming down during the season and seeing people using it and enjoying themselves.”

The Herlingshaw Centre is utilised for a variety of MFC Foundation’s projects including bi-weekly futsal training sessions, school tournaments, holiday courses and the Youth Employment Initiative programme. The centre is also available for public use, and a number of teams and clubs already use the facilities for training. There are football sessions, leagues and tournaments taking place every day of the week.

The state-of-the-art pitches are available for casual hire at competitive rates, and more families than ever are choosing to book our children’s’ party packages and attend the Early Starters football sessions.

The Herlingshaw Centre is open seven days a week, 3pm-10pm on Mondays, from 8.30am-10.00pm Tuesday-Friday, 08.00am-4.00pm Saturdays and 08.00am-10.00pm Sundays.

To hear the latest from the Herlingshaw Centre please follow MFC Foundation on Facebook and Twitter otherwise for more information on bookings please call 01642 282128 or email Michael.mackin@mfcfoundation.co.uk.

Middlesbrough Nursery Celebrates A ‘Roaring’ Success On 10th Anniversary

Rosedene Easterside in Middlesbrough celebrated its tenth anniversary with a visit from two very special visitors – local ward councillor Craig Wright and Middlesbrough Football Club mascot, Roary the Lion.

Roary and Craig were given a special, socially distanced tour of the facility, which is located next to St. Thomas More School and enjoyed a slice of birthday cake.

Children currently attending the nursery also tested their skills trying to score goals against Roary.

Easterside was the fifth nursery in Rosedene’s portfolio to open, following the launch of sites in Marske, Redcar and Saltburn. It now has 11 childcare facilities across Tees Valley and North Yorkshire. Easterside was the first of three Rosedene nurseries in Middlesbrough.

The team at Easterside has built up strong community ties over the last decade with key figures in the community, including a partnership with health visitors, the local children’s centre, church groups and small businesses.

It also has had strong retention of staff since it opened, with its manager Gemma being part of the Rosedene family for more than 16 years, and many staff members having been recruited at student level and progressing into more senior roles.

Alice McCullagh, director at Rosedene, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Craig and Roary to the Rosedene Easterside birthday celebrations. It is vital to us, even during such unprecedented times, that the nursery is at the heart of the community. Even though we had planned to host a huge celebration for all families, the children were delighted by the visit from our two special guests.

“During the last decade, we’ve looked after some amazing local children, supported over 1,000 families and our team love to see our returning parents, with whthey’ve built incredible relationships with over the years.

“Having a reliable, established childcare provider is essential for parents, especially when life is so uncertain. Parents need to be confident that they can go to work, and their children will be cared for by someone they trust. We look forward to providing that service at Easterside for the next decade and beyond.”

Craig Wright, councillor for Ladgate Ward, said: “Happy birthday Rosedene Easterside! Throughout the pandemic, Rosedene has been a vital support to the community and its fantastic to work with a brilliant nursery which puts children first and has community at its heart.”

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