Feb 6 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
BURSCOUGH FC juniors are pushing forward with plans to take on the running of Abbey Lane and are looking for volunteers to steer the proposal forward.
The club is looking for parents, guardians and the general public to get involved to make the dream of Abbey Lane re-opening become reality.
West Lancashire council mothballed the site due to the scale and cost of the drainage works estimated at £250,000, but granted the juniors a long term lease to enable them to apply for funding.
The council has pledged financial support with the football foundation planning to cover the rest of the bill if the club submit a successful business plan.
Chairman of the club Elliot Cosgrove said: “The juniors have already set up a junior committee to give a voice to the players and we are now looking for adult members to fill a number of posts from secretary, vice chair and committee members.”
“The site has been used by a number of groups such as cricket and archery teams and they’ve all shown an interest in re-using the site if it were to be re-opened as there is currently only one playable pitch in the area.
“There is such importance on the project, when the site re-opens it will not only provide pitches locally but will also give Burscough FC Juniors a home which they richly deserve.”
Anyone interested in getting involved contact: email@example.com
The pitches used by several junior teams at the side of Burscough sports centre have also been put out of action for the rest of the season after a car drove onto the pitch.
The car drove across the pitch and got bogged down, meaning a 4x4 and a transit van had to pull it out.
Elliot said: “This just illustrates how important it is to get Abbey Lane up and running.”