The Leisure Box wins Northwest Football Award

Burnley FC in the Community’s Brierfield-based community leisure facility, The Leisure Box, scooped the prize for Community Initiative of the Season at last night’s Northwest Football Awards.

More than 550 guests attended the black-tie event in Manchester, which was hosted by BBC’s Dan Walker at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford.

Burnley FC in the Community’s Chief Executive Officer, Neil Hart said: “We were absolutely thrilled to collect the Community Initiative of the Season award for our Leisure Box facility.

“It has taken five years of hard work and £4.5 million in secured funding to refurbish and develop the facility from a derelict warehouse into a dynamic, multipurpose leisure space.

“We could never have achieved this mammoth project if it wasn’t for the incredible support we have received from key partners and investors including The Sutton Pendle Charitable Trust, Barnfield Construction Ltd, PEARL, Pendle Borough Council, The Premier League, The Football Association, The Football Foundation and Sport England, as well as a number of other private donors.

“A special thank you must also go to the site’s General Manager Matt Hargreaves and his superb team for all their hard work in creating a now award-winning facility, less than 12 months on from opening. What an achievement!”

The Leisure Box is situated in Brierfield, a town 2.5 miles from Burnley. Spanning three floors and 133,000 square feet. The Leisure Box houses an indoor 4G pitch, a sports hall, the biggest ‘clip ‘n climb’ structure in East Lancashire, a kids’ and toddler play area, two full size cricket lanes, for-hire party rooms, a dance and fitness studio and a café.

Since opening in March, there have been over 29,000 visits to The Leisure Box.

50% of provision is delivered free of charge to the community with the aim to bring about tangible health and wellbeing opportunities to local people. The facility has also become the delivery HQ for a scope of Burnley FC in the Community’s programmes.

The facility has also been nominated for the Community Project Award at November’s upcoming TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards and was officially opened in April this year by former Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

To find out more about everything The Leisure Box has to offer, please take a look around the website.

Leisure Box nominated for global award

Burnley FC in the Community is thrilled to announce that its Brierfield-based community leisure facility, The Leisure Box, has been nominated for the Community Project Award at TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards 2019.

Now in its 9th year, TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards have been launched to recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the design, development, construction and refurbishment of major sports venue facilities globally.

One of only two UK-based organisations to be nominated in the Community Project category, the award looks to recognise the design and delivery of a community-focused sports venue project or major capital enhancement. The Leisure Box has been nominated alongside venues as far afield as the USA, Italy and Japan.

The Leisure Box opened in March 2019 and, to date, has welcomed over 29,000 visitors through its doors. The 133,000 square feet space was designed by Liberata Architects and the build was carried out and completed by Barnfield Construction.

Inclusive of an indoor 4G pitch, a sports hall, a climbing area, a Kids’ Play area and a dance studio, the facility has also recently been nominated for Community Initiative of the Year at the Northwest Football Awards.

Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer at Burnley FC in the Community, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for a global award for The Leisure Box facility.

“The space was an empty shell when we agreed the deal to acquire it back in 2015; this nomination is recognition of the years of hard work that has brought us to where we are today – a thriving, colourful facility for the whole community to benefit from.

“As a client of both Liberata Architects and Barnfield Construction, we enjoyed a fabulous experience working collaboratively with them. I also extend my thanks to our partners and funders the Sutton Pendle Charitable Trust, the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund administered by the Football Foundation, Sport England, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Pendle Borough Council and PEARL (Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration Ltd).

Ian Nuttall, Founder of TheStadiumBusiness, said: “The Awards is about celebrating the professionals involved in the delivery of the next generation of stadia. For the last nine years, we have honoured some of the world’s top venues and this year will be no exception.”

Winners will be announced during TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit 2019 in London from 26th to 27th November 2019.

Leisure Box shortlisted for prestigious award

The Leisure Box has been shortlisted for the Community Initiative of the Year Award at the prestigious Northwest Football Awards 2019.

Since opening to the public just over seven months ago, the leisure facility, which is operated by Burnley FC in the Community, has welcomed over 29,000 people through its doors.

Matt Hargreaves, General Manager of The Leisure Box, said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Northwest Football Awards’ Community Initiative of the Year.

“To be in the running for such a prestigious award just months after opening is a huge accolade and one we are extremely proud of. It is testament to the staff for all their hard work – I extend my thanks to each and every one of them.”

The 133,000 square foot multifaceted and vibrant facility is home to Burnley and Pendle’s only indoor 4G pitch, a spectacular 18-line clip ‘n climb arena, a Kids’ Play area, a modern dance studio, an indoor sports hall and multiple classrooms.

These facilities are set to be joined by an outdoor 3G pitch in mid-November. 50% of all activities delivered from The Leisure Box are free of charge to the community.

Burnley FC in the Community has also been nominated in the Community Club of the Season – Premier League category at the November awards.

Leisure Box set to be pitch perfect

Burnley FC in the Community is pleased to announce that works on the 3G outdoor football pitch at the Leisure Box are set to commence mid-September.

The Leisure Box is a community facility operated by Burnley FC’s official charity that opened in March 2019. The £4.5m centre is inclusive of an indoor 4G pitch, an 18-line climbing area, a kids’ play area, a sports hall and a dance studio.

The outdoor 3G pitch forms part of the final phase of works at the site, the pitch will be located to the right of the car park at the entrance of the facility. Working with contractors S and C Slatter Ltd, works will start 16th September and are forecasted to be complete within 12 weeks.

The pitch will be 60 x 40 metres and will have the capacity to host 7v7 games or two 5-a-side games. The space will be available to grassroots teams, community groups and for recreational bookings. The pitch will also be utilised by Burnley FC in the Community to deliver its numerous footballing projects including Soccer Schools and sessions for females, disabled participants, local community groups and refugees.

Matt Hargreaves, General Manager at the Leisure Box said: “This brand-new pitch will be a fantastic asset to a community in real need of playing facilities.

“We are well aware that there is a deficit in high quality spaces such as this in Pendle and so this pitch always formed part of the vision for the Leisure Box.

“We hope the whole community will benefit from and enjoy using this purposeful space once we open up in just a few weeks.”

The 3G pitch will be constructed with thanks to funding primarily from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund, administered by the Football Foundation and the continued support from our key partners, Pendle Borough Council, PEARL, Barnfield Construction, Lancashire LEP and the Sutton Pendle Charitable Trust.

To find out more about Leisure Box, please visit www.theleisurebox.org or to make an enquiry about booking the new outdoor 3G pitch, please call 01282 222380.

Theresa May officially opens Leisure Box

Burnley FC in the Community was pleased to welcome the Rt Hon Theresa May MP to officially open its new community leisure facility in Brierfield.

The Prime Minister visited the £4.5m Leisure Box facility as part of a tour of Lancashire and was welcomed to the site by staff including Burnley FC in the Community’s Chief Executive Officer Neil Hart, Burnley FC Chairman Mike Garlick and Chair of Trustees for Burnley FC in the Community and Burnley FC Director Brian Nelson.

Mrs May’s visit included a tour of the 133,000 square foot centre, where she met with children from local schools including Nelson St. Philip’s C of E Primary School, Casterton Primary Academy, Castercliffe Primary Academy and Pendle Primary Academy who were taking part in various physical activities including climbing and football coaching.

After four years of collaborative work with a number of partners and the local authorities of Burnley and Pendle, Burnley FC’s official charity have successfully renovated the warehouse section of the former Brierfield Mill into a dynamic, multipurpose leisure space. With the aim to bring sport, health and wellbeing opportunities to all sections of the community, the facility has already welcomed thousands through its doors within the first few weeks of its operations.

Spanning three floors, the Leisure Box houses an indoor 4G pitch, a sports hall, the biggest ‘clip ‘n climb’ structure in East Lancashire, a kids and toddler play area, two full size cricket lanes, for-hire party rooms, a dance & fitness studio and a café.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP said: “I am very pleased to be here to open Leisure Box. This is a fantastic facility and it’s a great credit to Burnley Football Club in the Community for what they have done in working with others and supporting this.

“I don’t know of any other football club who has developed a facility like this and provided sporting opportunities for local children that they wouldn’t have elsewhere.

“It’s hugely important to have such a regeneration project in the heart of the community and Burnley Football Club can be proud in proving that football and sport can be a force for good.

“Many people support their local football club and seeing them put something back into the community as well is hugely important.”

Andrew Stephenson MP for Pendle, added: “This is a project very close to my heart, I was elected as local MP in 2010 and at this time the site of the Leisure Box was the largest redundant mill site in Lancashire. It was a site that only attracted vandalism and anti-social behaviour. Over the years, so many people have moved heaven and earth to try and transform it into the beating heart of the community.

“That really wasn’t possible without Burnley Football Club who have been instrumental, and by bringing the club here, to one of the most deprived communities, we are really opening the door for people.

“We are incredibly proud of what has been achieved in creating this legacy for the area and we are proud that the Prime Minister has found time in her incredibly busy schedule to come here to Burnley, to Pendle and to East Lancashire and to join in this celebration with us.”

Burnley FC in the Community’s Chief Executive Officer, Neil Hart said: “We were honoured that the Prime Minister was able to join us to officially open the Leisure Box facility.

“The Leisure Box has been an extremely exciting project for us as an organisation and, while ambitious, we were confident the community here in Pendle and Burnley would embrace the centre. After four years of hard work, we are delighted to now be open to the public and to see that local people are already benefitting what we have on offer here. We’re proud that through the Leisure Box, our charity can support our community in this unique way.

“The opening ceremony was a fantastic opportunity to welcome the Prime Minister to East Lancashire, to not only showcase to her the facility but also the wonderful community spirit we have here in our corner of the county. It has been that desire to work together as a community that has made this project possible; a real partnership approach to make this real and I’m delighted that we could mark the opening with such a special visit.”

For their support of the Leisure Box project, Burnley FC in the Community would like to thank Richard Sutton and his family, the Sutton Pendle Charitable Trust, the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund administered by the Football Foundation, Sport England, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Pendle Borough Council, Liberata, Barnfield Construction, Tim Webber, the Burnley FC in the Community Board of Trustees, Brian Nelson, the Burnley FC Board of Directors, Mike Garlick and Dave Baldwin.

The Leisure Box aims to bring an affordable leisure offer to the entire community, with a number of Burnley FC in the Community projects including football sessions, disability sport and kids’ play offered free of charge.

The Leisure Box closure – Thursday 25th April

Please note that due to an event, The Leisure Box will be closed to the public between the hours of 12pm to 6pm tomorrow – Thursday 25th April 2019. This also includes the Kids’ Play area. We will return to normal opening hours from 9am on Friday 26th April 2019!

Easter 2019 Opening Times

Here are the Easter 2019 opening times for The Leisure Box…

  • Good Friday (19th April) – 10am – 7pm
  • Saturday (20th April) – 9am – 6pm
  • Easter Sunday (21st April) – 11am – 5pm
  • Easter Monday (22nd April) – 10am – 9pm

Kids’ Play will close at 6pm (last entry 5pm) on all days except Easter Sunday (last entry 4pm).