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.

Charlie Is A Coach To The Core

One day Charlie Morris hopes to run her own team but for now she’s happy putting in all the hours she can learning every day from the chance she has been given.

When we meet during one of her sessions across one of the many projects she works on with MFC Foundation, hoping to gain a Coach Core qualification, she is putting a group of around 30 girls aged between five and nine through a warm-up exercise at the Herlingshaw Centre in Eston.

“I’ve been there,” she says. “I started playing football when I was two, I can relate to where they are now. Some like football, some have no idea what to do, but we have fun. At this age, it is about them enjoying themselves. If they are, then that gives me confidence.

“When I was younger there was none of these courses, now there are a few.”

There is an acknowledgement that as a young woman she is in a minority in a sport still dominated by males. But, she says, that’s changing.

“There are not many opportunities for women in coaching right now, not compared to men. It’s changing now though, already I can see a difference after the Women’s World Cup and the netball World Cup.

“I largely work with girls, but I do coach boys too sometimes. Some boys tell me I don’t know what I’m doing, but I do. It’s very important to be given a chance to show what you can do and I’m grateful for that.

“I love football, I’m a Boro fan, one day I’d like to run my own team, run my own drills and training sessions.

“I wasn’t really good at school, not at English and Maths anyway, PE was the only thing I was good at so coaching seemed a good idea.

“I’ve had help along the way in the three or four years I’ve been coaching, I did it in college too. I learn from each of the coaches I work with or under, the good and bad bits!

“One day I hope I’ll be in a position to help other people who want to take the same route as me.”