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Layton Juniors FC are hoping to buy a 21 year lease on the disused changing rooms at Moor Park, Bispham. Below: An unwanted resident of the changing rooms.

Layton Juniors FC are hoping to buy a 21 year lease on the disused changing rooms at Moor Park, Bispham. Below: An unwanted resident of the changing rooms.

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While most football teams are pleased to welcome new players, frogs aren’t exactly on the wish list of Layton Juniors.

The amphibians have made themselves at home in the dis-used changing rooms at the team’s home ground of Moor Park playing fields, in Bispham.

An unwanted resident of the changing rooms.

An unwanted resident of the changing rooms.

Layton Juniors are set to take on a 21 year lease of the changing rooms, but they currently lie in a bad state of disrepair – with rain water pouring through the ceiling, damaged walls and frogs in the showers.

Now its members are appealing for help to raise £100,000 to give the pavilion a makeover to “make a base for the club’s future”.

The club’s general secretary, Amanda Borrino, said: “It’s a home and it’s a base for the club’s future.

“We want to try toopen it up to as many local community groups as we can so the building is used Monday to Friday as well as at weekends.”

The revamp would initially see the roof repaired, while the second phase would include a new kitchen being installed. Thirdly, new showers and changing rooms would be put in.

After that, the facilities would be offered out to local interest groups and societies to use on weekdays.

The club is soon set to apply for a grant from the sporting charity, the Football Foundation.

Amanda added: “Something else we could do in the future is start a little youth club.

“It’ll be fantastic if we could get some funding or some community help such as building materials or even advice.”

Anyone interested in helping Layton Juniors can contact Amanda on 07739 508941.

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