Tornados hoping to stay in Burnley as they search for a new home

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American football is booming on either side of the water.

Last weekend’s 48th Superbowl in New Jersey attracted 111.5m viewers - the most-watched TV event in US history.

And in England, the NFL have sold out three games at Wembley Stadium for the 2014 season already.

Burnley Tornados are riding the crest of the wave, having won awards regionally and nationally in a short period of time - twice finishing among the top five teams in the country

But the club now require assistance as they look for a temporary new home as work at the Prairie playing fields commences.

The Tornados have been based at the Prairie for several years and have managed to build up a good relationship, both with the council and with the local community.

Having started as one team for children, the club now have five teams catering for ages from 11 to adult, both contact and non-contact teams.

Funding has been acquired to regenerate the Prairie, which the club applauds, but, in the short term, the Tornados are on the lookout for a venue to train and play tournaments, with playing surfaces similar to rugby pitches in size, ideally changing rooms and toilet and shower facilities.

The club also need secure storage available and hope to remain in the area.

The club is run on a tight budget and is a not for profit organisation.

The ethos of the club, when it was founded, was to introduce the sport to youth, without exclusion on race, sex and finance, and so far have managed to successfully achieve this.

The sport contnues to grow in this country, with talk of a London-based NFL franchise, and Burnley Tornados have grown with it.

They are eager to make sure Burnley and the local area are acknowledged within the sport nationally for many years to come.

The Tornados have never really asked for help, but hope the community can stand together to make the town proud to be the home of the club, who play in the claret and blue colours of Burnley Football Club.

Contact the club at www.tornadosafc.com or via e-mail at tornadospr@yahoo.co.uk if you can help in any way, or wish to get involved.

The club are always recruiting players, coaches, staff, sponsors and supporters.