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July 17 2014.

Seaford Town Council has recently rescued local football club Premier United who were suddenly given notice that their training facilities and home venue for matches at Newlands School were withdrawn following the apparent closure of the School. Accommodation was found for the club to provide its training and matches at The Salts Park in Seaford.

The Council was approached to provide facilities with a few days’ notice for the foreseeable future by Gary McKenzie who runs the soccer school and is the Chairman of Premier United who have eight football teams - now the biggest football club in Seaford.

Gary said: “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 now have an opportunity to continue our football at the Salts. I am so grateful to Councillor Paul Franklin and James Corrigan the 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.

Councillor Paul Franklin who brokered the contact between Mr McKenzie 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.”

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 success include players being signed at West Ham, Brighton, Crystal Palace and last Saturday over 1500 footballers from across Sussex attended the annual Premier Football Tournament in Seaford.

Anyone wishing to join the club should contact Gary McKenzie on 07862 261094

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