Community hub set to open its doors

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A new community hub funded by a junior football club is to officially open its doors tonight.

Bispham Junior Football Federation (BJFF) has invested close to £22,000 in completely revamping and redeveloping the former Whiteholme Community Centre, on All Saints Road, Bispham.

The Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Val Haynes, will officially open the facility and a cheque will be presented by club bosses to the Brian House charity, after a fund-raising dinner dance was held last year.

The event marks the end of a long road for the club, which took over the former community centre in November after presenting a detailed business case to the town hall, outlining its bid to transform it into a facility for the whole community.

Bosses say Bispham Juniors had outgrown its current facilities and the new centre will provide ideal home for the club.

But it will also feature a 
cafe, meeting and conference facilities and become a base for a variety of classes and community groups.

Micheal Hartley (pictured inset), commercial manager at BJFF, said: “The club has grown so much over the past five to 10 years we have outgrown the existing headquarters and were looking for opportunities to extend.

“In November 2014 BJFF entered into a five year lease agreement with Blackpool Council.

“Our goal was to regenerate this impressive building with investment and support to not only become the home of BJFF but also provide opportunities for local community groups 
to once again utilise the facility.

“We have spent in close to £22,000 to undertake repairs, renovations and improvements to the facility which is now almost fully operational with only a few tweaks required.

“The funds have been generated entirely in-house, which is testament to the hard work undertaken by a selection of the club’s volunteers.

“It is going to bring people a brand new facility.”

Among the events held by the club to raise money to invest in the new facility were annual tournaments and 
dinner dances.

Bispham Junior Football Federation was founded in 1969, and has today in excess of 500 playing members aged three to 18, making it one of the largest of its kind in Lancashire.