£500,000 boost for school sports pitch bid

Fishermore RC High School pupils are joined by (back row l-r) County Coun. Matthew Tomlinson, County Coun. Azhar Ali, Headteacher Clare Hayes, Ken Inckle from Lancashire Football Association, Mary Thomas,chairman of governors, County Coun. Dorothy Lord and Assistant Headteacher Simon Atkin. (S)
Fishermore RC High School pupils are joined by (back row l-r) County Coun. Matthew Tomlinson, County Coun. Azhar Ali, Headteacher Clare Hayes, Ken Inckle from Lancashire Football Association, Mary Thomas,chairman of governors, County Coun. Dorothy Lord and Assistant Headteacher Simon Atkin. (S)

Fisher More RC High School is £500,000 closer to playing football fixtures on home turf after netting a grant for a new pitch.

The school and Lancashire County Council have been awarded a grant of £538,160 from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund for a floodlit 3G pitch and its development will also be supported by a £100,000 investment from County Hall.

It will be marked up for five, seven, nine and 11-a-side football and the grant will enable pupils at Fisher More to play their first football fixtures at school for more than 40 years, with all home games currently being played on Swinden playing fields, one mile away from the school.

The facility will also enable the growth of Pendle Forest FC, Barrowford Celtic FC and Colne FC who have all given their full support towards the project. The new facility will now allow these and other clubs such as theirs to train and play throughout the season on a high quality surface.

Through the work of the school and Kieran Roberts at Pendle Council, the pitch will also accommodate Saturday and Sunday junior and adult league fixtures.

County Coun. Azhar Ali said: “This is great news for Pendle and will benefit not just the school but also thousands of footballers of all ages from across the borough. One of the key factors in encouraging people to stay fit and healthy by engaging in sport is having the right facilities in place and this state-of-the art 3G pitch certainly fits the bill.”

Andrew Stephenson MP added he was delighted to hear the news. He said: “I pay tribute to the dedication of staff and students at the school who have been campaigning for this substantial investment. When I visited the school to discuss this, the need was very clear and I was pleased to offer my wholehearted support. This will be a fantastic facility for the school and the wider community.”