New home found for Seaford’s largest football club after Newlands School closes

Premier United players.
Premier United players.

The biggest football club in Seaford was saved after it was left without a training ground when Newlands School shut.

Seaford Town Council stepped in to find Premier United a new home venue at the Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford.

Now more than 100 children will be able to continue playing football throughout the summer.

The council was approached to provide facilities with a few days notice by the Gary McKenzie who runs the soccer school.

Town council leader Paul Franklin, who initiated contact between Gary and town council officers said: “I was delighted when I was advised that we had been able to make accommodation for the club training and matches as a permanent venue at the Salts.

“The interim town clerk resolved all issues very quickly and made sure the 100 plus children will be able to train over the summer as hoped for.”

Gary added: “Whilst I am disappointed that we have had to leave Newlands School after seven years of running our football operation there, I am delighted that we have now an opportunity to continue our football at the Salts.

“I am so grateful to councillor Paul Franklin and James Corrigan interim town clerk for their swift action to find us such good quality facilities at the Salts.

“This is a great opportunity for the soccer school and our teams to develop a long term sports partnership with Seaford Town Council.”

Premier Mini Soccer School and Premier United, has been running for ten years and has eight teams playing at age levels seven to 13.

The soccer school also offers training for boys and girls aged four to 14.

Recent successes include players being signed at West Ham, Brighton, Crystal Palace and last Saturday more than 1,500 footballers from across Sussex attended the annual Premier Football Tournament in Seaford.

Anyone wishing to join the club should contact Gary McKenzie 07862261094

The provision of football at The Salts Park by existing club Seaford Town under 13s will not be affected by this project.