Clubs and partners

As a community based facility, Eastbourne Sports Complex is home to a number of clubs, groups and organisations.

If you are interested in using our facilities for your club, group, or for an event, please contact our Club Support Specialist for further details:

Gateway wheelers

For more information and contact details please see the Gateway Wheelers website [external link].

Exercise after stroke group

Healthy Darlington runs an Exercise after Stroke rehabilitation programme based at Eastbourne Sports Complex.  Each session consists of group based exercises taken by our Level 4 Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke Instructors, exercises are tailored to the individuals taking part.

The programme can be accessed by referral from a medical professional such as general practitioner or physiotherapist.

Hourly sessions currently run

Wednesday:2pm - 3pm 

Sessions cost £3. Access to the facilities at these times is strictly for people attending the Exercise after Stroke programme and free parking is available on site.

If you would like more information on how to access the scheme, or if you know someone who may be eligible to benefit from a referral then please email [email protected]

Darlington Harriers

Darlington Harriers provides opportunities for young people between the ages of 8 and 17 years to receive coaching and take part in competitions in all aspects of Track and Field athletics and Cross Country running.

All coaching is by qualified coaches who are screened and trained to work with young people.

The club has a very healthy senior section for both men and women that takes part in competition both on the roads and fells and over the country, at local and National Level as well as having members on regional and national representative teams.


Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm, with a session for under 11 athletes on Thursday evenings.

Senior members train on the same nights from 6:15pm.

There is a women only group that trains on Wednesday evenings. Visit Darlington Harriers website [external link].

Darlington Football Club 

Darlington Football Club uses Eastbourne Sports Complex to train Tuesday and Thursday nights.

The training sessions take place on the 3G and people are more than welcome to come and watch.


Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

Visit Darlington Football Club website [external link].

Darlington Youth Football Club

Darlington Youth Football Club have teams ranging from Under 5 to Under 18, both male and female.

Teams train and play on site at Eastbourne.

Training takes place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in season and matches on Saturday and Sundays.

To get in touch with Darlington Youth please email [email protected].

Eastbourne Pre-School

Eastbourne Pre-school [external link] are a local pre-school based with the Eastbourne area of Darlington for more than 20 years.

They are based within Eastbourne Sports Complex and have the exclusive use of the large secure garden area alongside their playroom.

They are a 'Messy Nursery' who firmly believe that children learn through play, which will include Mud, Sand, Water, Paint, Glue and Paint and more on an daily basis.

They offer places for children aged 2 3 & 4 years old, both fee paying and funded places through the local authority.

They will help parents organise any paperwork required for any funded place.

They use a large new nursery room created to help develop self-care skills.

It will incorporate direct access to the garden space enabling free-flow between the indoors and outdoors by the children, to build their skill ready for their transition to school.

Bowling Green

The bowling season runs from April to September, when it is used by Hundens Green Association.

For further information on the Hundens Green Association please contact the secretary on 01325 265196.

Martin Gray Football Academy

Martin Gray Football Academy [external link] has been set up to operate at a very high standard.

The coaches all come from a football background with many being ex-professional Premier League footballers themselves.

Martin has a wealth of experience in coaching, managing and playing football and holds the highest accreditation of coaching; the UEFA Pro Licence.

The Academy aim to provide professional football coaching and a successful education and learning programme of support by working in partnership with the Martin Gray Football Academy, which promotes an ethos of social and personal development and achievement in children.

Sessions run Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm.

Middleton Rangers Junior Football Club

Middleton Rangers Junior Football Club [external link] was founded in 2003 and is a rapidly growing Charter Standard Community Club and Nike partner club.

The Club has grown from strength to strength through its committed volunteers and provides football to all with boys teams from under-7s to under-16s, several girls teams and a disability group.

The adults team at the club is performing strongly and we have a mini Rangers program for those too young to play in a league (so as long as you can kick a ball you are welcome).

We are delighted to welcome people of all ages and ability's into the world of football

  • Training: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 6pm - 9pm
  • Matches: Saturdays and Sundays

Quakers Running Club

Quakers Running Club [external link] has developed a reputation as being one of the friendliest running clubs in the North-East of England.

Whether you just want to start running for the sake of fitness, or are about to do your first 10k race or 25th Marathon, we can help you achieve your goals.

We actively encourage non-members to come along see what Quakers has to offer, no charge is made for attending these sessions and no one is under any obligation to join, our hope is that you will enjoy training with us, will keep returning and will eventually become a member of the club.

Training: Track session first and third Monday of every month, 7pm - 8pm at Eastbourne Sports Complex.

Quakers Running Club actively encourage non-members to go along to see what the club has to offer from their base at Abbey Road Playing Fields on a Tuesday and Thursday evening 6:30pm - 7:45pm.

Darlington RA

Darlington RA juniors are a football club which offers DBS approved and FA qualified coaching for both boys and girls.  We have a pathway for all players from age 4 (development), all competitive junior teams playing in Teesside Junior Alliance Football league through to Adults football where we have a senior men's and women's team.

If you are interested in joining any of our junior teams please contact Emma on 07814246399

Darlington Town Girls

Darlington Town have a girls team who play in the Russel Foster Premier League on Saturday mornings.  They train at Eastbourne on Monday nights.  For more information contact Barry Raper 07899037894 or Kelly Brown 07854451217

Darlington Locomotives

FC Darlington Locomotives is an all girls football club with the ethos that football is for all regardless of ability and background.  The club has the community at the heart of everything it does and prides itself on being family orientated.

Teams from U7 - U16's.  Little Locos (Ages 3-5).  Development centre (Ages 5-11).  Squad girls development centre (Ages 11-14).  Just Play (Females aged 18+). 

For more information or to book on to any session contact [email protected] or call Nathan on 07385901913.

Darlington Young Bulls

Darlington Young Bulls are a family-friendly club situated in Darlington which was established in 2013.  We are extremely proud of our 2* England Football Accredited Club Status.

We have a number of teams playing in different leagues across the North-East from U7's to adults.

For more information or to get in touch contact Darlington Young Bulls FC on Facebook

Darlington United

Darlington United are youth football club.  For more information contact 07305384007 or @darloutdyouth on social media