Workington Town and Workington Reds have come together to urge sport fans across Allerdale to back the new proposed sports village project.

The boards of the two

professional sports clubs in Workington have issued a joint statement asking everyone to comment positively on the sports village project as part of the Workington Town Deal consultation published by Allerdale Borough Council.

The clubs are working closely together to help lead the development of the sports village project alongside Allerdale Borough Council.

The sports village project will provide a modern set of professional and community sporting facilities for Allerdale and is earmarked as one of the projects that will form part of the council’s submission to government to secure up to £25m funding as part of the Town Deal initiative.

The clubs said: “Securing funding from the Town Deal submission would be a huge step closer to making the sports village project a reality, and provide the springboard for securing further funding from elsewhere.

“We have repeatedly highlighted the need for a first class environment for the future sportspersons of West Cumbria.

"These facilities are not just for Town and Reds but for everyone that wants to embrace the huge benefits of sport in top quality surroundings.

“The clubs urge fans, families, and friends to comment positively on the plans and help to play a part in securing the best outcome for the youth of the area. They’re relying on us all to have a strong voice.

“As the area’s two professional clubs, we’re really pleased to be working together to secure the best outcome possible for the people of West Cumbria.”

The consultation is accessible via Allerdale’s website and through the link

The proposals include:

n the redevelopment of the existing ground at Borough Park to create a new shared stadium for Workington Reds and Workington Town to provide a new modern stadium that will meet the aspirations of the clubs and provide a foundation for their future progression.

n the new stadium would sit alongside a new community facility based around an artificial grass pitch with the potential to introduce other facilities to support a range of other sports.

n the new facilities would be located closed to the Workington Leisure Centre where a new outdoors events space and outdoor gym is to be built and close to the well-established cricket and bowling club and the aim would be to provide a hub of sporting excellence.

n it is also proposed to provide investment in the improvement of existing playing pitches at Moorclose to provide a satellite facility for the Sports Village and meet to meet the wider demand for high quality playing pitches in Workington