Mark Lawrenson visits AFC Fylde's £5m education sports centre

Footballing legend Mark Lawrenson has visited the AFC Fylde Community Education Centre, following a £5 million investment into the facility

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018, 4:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd August 2018, 6:10 pm
Mark Lawrenson has been to visit AFC Fylde

The new centre, at Mill Farm in Wesham, has been designed to help the development of children and adults, the Foundation has improved the lives of those living in the local community through a variety of programmes, made possible by funding from Cuadrilla Resources.

The event was also attended by Francis Egan, the chief executive of fracking group Cuadrilla.

The company is the main sponsor of the new education centre.

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He saw some of the facilities on offer

The event was to celebrate the 7,000 people who have benefited from the opening of the foundation.

Lawrenson, the former Preston and Liverpool player and BBC pundit, said about the new centre: “I’m a big advocate for teaming classroom-based learning sessions with physical activities such as AFC Fylde’s ‘Train Like A Pro’ programme.”

“As an ex footballer I know first-hand the benefits of keeping your body active as well as your brain.”

Speaking about the investment put into the centre, AFC Fylde director, Tom Hutton, said the future looks good for the club.

Mark Lawrenson, AFC Fylde director, Tom Hutton and Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan.

He said: “The foundation will continue to grow through the support of Cuadrilla resources, within the next three months will be setting up a brand new ‘Health, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion’ based programme, which will use the power of football to engage and motivate adults who are at risk of social isolation.”

Some of the children who are part of the club's programmes.