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 sevens day a week from 8.30am-10.00pm weekdays, 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.

Herlingshaw Pitches Get A New Lease Of Life

A grant from the Football Foundation and a lot of hard work has transformed the outdoor pitches at MFC Foundation’s Herlingshaw Centre.

Following plenty of use and Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the pitches were in a poor condition, in particular the goalmouths.

Groundsmen Tyler Woodrow and Jordon Bowker set about making it right.

Levelling was required, with seed and root zone needed, together with a thorough cleanout as well as top dressing and a form of de-compaction.

All pitches were cut very short, and scarified, helping remove a small percentage of thatch, thus helping drainage issues in the winter. A considerable amount of debris was also removed.

A mini top dress with the existing soil helped with divot levels, then the pitches were seeded three times.

Sand drainage channels were created in wet areas to help connect to the main drains, while the goalmouths and other wet areas were levelled and hand seeded.

The renovation continued with the application of fertiliser, while germination sheets were applied to goalmouths and other bad areas to speed up recovery.

Watering was conducted mainly at night and after five weeks small areas started to improve.

Just two weeks later a major improvement could be seen and while it will take a little longer for the whole process to be seen to its best effect, the pitches are now better than they have been for a long time and ready for you to show your skills.

If you want to hire a pitch, e-mail michael.mackin@mfcfoundation.co.uk, or ring the centre on 01642 282128