Clarets’ stars reopen Whitehough

Clarets’ stars reopen Whitehough

Burnley FC stars Jack Cork, Chris Wood and Adam Legzdins alongside the Mayor of Pendle, Councillor David Whalley, were on hand to officially reopen Burnley FC in the Community’s (BFCitC) Whitehough Outdoor Centre.

The day saw the Burnley FC first team stars and the Mayor of Pendle reveal the plaque that officially signalled Whitehough’s reopening, before taking a tour of the entire facility, which was acquired, refurbished and reopened to local communities by BFCitC late last year.

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 and check 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 David 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 BFCitC have saved it. 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 will mark 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 you 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 whitehough@burnleyfc.com.

Alternatively, to book your school, community group, or business into Whitehough or for more information contact Whitehough’s Centre Manager, Sara Parsons, on s.parsons@burnleyfc.com and 01282 615688.