Young footballers save playing fields from developers

Footballers' victory
Footballers' victory
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Hundreds of young Burnley footballers fighting to stop the sell-off of their club’s playing fields are celebrating after the plans were kicked into touch.

Youngsters from Tate Oil FC had been campaigning to save the pitches at the former Habergham High School over fears the land would be sold to developers for new homes.

The club, which had nearly 300 young players, feared it would be left homeless if the Kiddrow Lane site was lost.

The junior team was kept in the dark about the future of their training ground by county hall chiefs.

The campaign won the backing of Clarets stars including Tom Heaton and saw support from

But now club coaches and players have been told the playing fields will not be built on after it was revealed the new £5m Burnley High School will be moving on to the site.

A deal has also been struck which means Tate Oil FC will be able to continue training on the playing fields.

Coaches, players, parents and councillors, who had all fought the campaign, were delighted with the news.

Zoe Pennington said: “It is great. We can now start planning for the future.

“Everyone at Rosegrove Tate Oil FC especially the players would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Councillors Neil Mottershead and Charlie Briggs for your constant support and hard work.”

Coun. Mottershead was overjoyed with the news and said: “I am absolutely chuffed to bits. We just did not know what was going to happen and nobody was telling us anything.

“But an agreement has been made that the children and the whole community can still use the fields. We have around 270 children at the club. They are all elated. It is a great result.”