International glory for Brierfield's Leisure Box

Burnley FC in the Community’s Brierfield-based The Leisure Box has been recognised on an international scale after winning the Community Project award at the Hilton London Wembley.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:44 am
Neil Hart, chief executive of Burnley FC in the Community (centre), along with Matt Hargreaves, Leisure Box general manager receive their award.

The latest honour, at TheStadiumBusiness Design and Development Awards, is the facility’s second award in just over two weeks, following its Community Initiative of the Year triumph at the 2019 Northwest Football Awards.

Despite facing competition from shortlisted projects based in the USA, Japan, Italy and other parts of the UK, The Leisure Box now has two awards to its name since being officially opened in April this year by former Prime Minister Theresa May.

TheStadiumBusiness Judges said: “Burnley FC in the Community has achieved something outstanding; not just visually impactful, but also highly engaging for fans. It’s an excellent development that is attracting significant interest.”

Burnley FC in the Community’s chief executive Neil Hart said: “We are delighted to win the Community Project Award at TheStadiumBusiness Design and Development Awards. I would like to pay special tribute to our contractors Barnfield Construction and our architects Liberata.

“The Leisure Box facility has been a real team effort and it wouldn’t have been possible without a broad range of 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. Thank you to everybody who has brought the project to life.”

TheStadiumBusiness Design and Development Awards were launched to recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the design, development, construction and refurbishment of major sports venue facilities globally.

Spanning three floors and 133,000 square feet, the facility 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, a café and an outdoor 3G pitch.

Since opening in March, there have been over 29,000 visits to The Leisure Box, with the venue fast becoming a key destination in East Lancashire.

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.

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