Sunderland Ladies – The Hetton Centre

The Hetton Centre, also known as the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground, is a football stadium in Hetton-le-Hole, Tyne and Wear. It was established as part of the Eppleton Colliery’s miners’ welfare program to give leisure opportunities for the workers. Cricket, association football, and FA Women’s CHampionship were both played there.

This football ground was renovated in 1993 at a cost of £3 million. The main stand was completely reconstructed, with a cantilever roof and seats for 250 people. It is the home ground of Sunderland A.F.C. Ladies, a women’s football club which returned to Eppleton CW after a year at Mariners Park in South Shields F.C. in 2018.

Hetton Burn runs alongside the ground’s west side. The Hetton Centre, a community centre maintained by the Hetton Town Trust, is located behind the goal on the Northside. It grew from the old miners’ welfare house. On the main site of the stadium, there is covered seating, and on the other three sides, there are uncovered standing sections. Behind one of the goals are catering facilities.

How to Get to The Hetton Centre

The Hetton Centre can be reached by vehicle or bus, but please note that there is no public parking available at the stadium.

Where to Park?

There is no official parking at the stadium, and parking in the surrounding regions is limited. Disabled parking is accessible by emailing [email protected], but it is subject to availability.

Away Friendly Pubs Near The Hetton Centre

The Bob Paisley Bar is located in the complex and is open before the game. Inside the ground, snacks and hot and cold beverages are offered.

Hotels Near The Hetton Centre

If you are looking for a place to stay after your visit to the Hetton Centre or after watching the Sunderland AFC Ladies, here are some hotels near the area:

  1. Highfield Hotel
  2. Chilton Country Pub & Hotel
  3. Hallgarth Manor Country Hotel & Restaurant

What Have Other Away Fans said About Their Trip to The Hetton Centre?

On Sunday morning, supporters will be allowed to enter The Hetton Centre at 11 a.m. Turnstiles 1 and 2 are located inside the Hetton Centre and are accessible by foot from the A182, while Turnstile 3 is accessible via Park View.

Please be aware that The Hetton Centre’s seating is unreserved and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Snacks and hot and cold beverages are available for purchase by cash only in the Hetton Centre, which is located behind one of the goals.

The Hetton Centre Directions

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Stadium Key Facts

  • Capacity: 2,500
  • Address: Welfare Rd, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton le Spring DH5 9NA, United Kingdom
  • Telephone: +44 191 551 5000
  • Ticket Office:; [email protected]
  • Pitch Type: Grass
  • Year Ground Opened: 1929
  • Club Name: Sunderland Association Football Club Ladies
  • Rival Club: Birmingham City Women
  • Official Website:
  • Facebook Page:
  • Club Nickname: Lady Black Cats
  • Construction Cost: £3 million (redevelopment)
  • Owner: Hetton Town Trust
  • Coordinates: 54.8280°N 1.4543°W

The Hetton Centre FAQ’s

What is the capacity at The Hetton Centre?

The capacity at The Hetton Centre is 2,500.

Who owns The Hetton Centre?

The owner of The Hetton Centre is Hetton Town Trust.

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