Burnley FC stars Jack Cork, Chris Wood and Adam Legzdins, alongside the Mayor of Pendle, Councillor David Whalley, were on hand to officially re-open Burnley FC in the Community’s (BFCitC) Whitehough Outdoor Centre .
the Burnley FC first team stars and the Mayor unveiled the plaque that officially signalled Whitehough’s reopening before taking a tour of the entire facility, which was leased, refurbished and reopened to local communities by BFCitC late last year, having been mothballed two years earlier by council chiefs due to austerity measures.
Cork, Wood and Legzdins also met children from local primary schools Castercliff Primary Academy and Pendle Primary Academy, who were enjoying activities at Whitehough with BFCitC’s outdoor education providers, Outdoor Elements.
Jack Cork said: “It’s been brilliant to come up to Whitehough today andcheck out all the work BFCitC have done to breathe new life into this superb facility.
“We’ve really enjoyed getting stuck into the activities so I’m sure this will be so valuable to countless numbers of local young people.
Councillor Whalley, the Mayor of Pendle, said: “I feel very privileged to open the new Whitehough Outdoor Centre which has a new lease of life thanks to Burnley FC in the Community and Pendle Council is pleased to support their efforts and help promote the new centre far and wide.
“I was one of the generations of Pendle schoolchildren who stayed at Whitehough and it was a great experience.
"Whitehough has had a big, positive effect on people in the Pendle area and beyond and it’s fantastic that it can continue to do so. Long may Whitehough continue!”
Whitehough Outdoor Centre is a 22-acre site based up in the beautiful Pendle countryside that can sleep up to 90 people.
Accommodating both small and large groups, the facility includes two classrooms, a large dining room, an extensive camping field, dormitories with amenities and shower blocks, a 40-seater conference suite and a lodge that can sleep up to 16 people.
2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Whitehough, which has prompted BFCitC to launch the 80 Years of Whitehough project.
As a part of this project, the charity is looking for people who have previously visited Whitehough to send their memories of the facility.
If you want to submit a memory of Whitehough, or would like to enquire about booking the facilities, please visit www.burnleyfccommunity.org/whitehough-outdoor-activity-centre and fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.
If you have any photo or video memories of Whitehough please email these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can contact BFCitC’s Head of Facilities, Matt Hargreaves, on email@example.com and 01282 704716, or Whitehough’s Centre Manager, Sara Parsons, on firstname.lastname@example.org and 01282 615688