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80 years of Whitehough

Join with Burnley FC in the Community as the historic outdoor centre, Whitehough, celebrates its 80th birthday!

Today, BFCitC begin their 80 years of Whitehough celebrations, with a focus on the history and heritage of the centre. As no-one can currently visit Whitehough during this difficult time, we have dug deep into the archives to start the celebrations off and we have found some group photos and diary entries.

We are encouraging supporters to come forward and share any memories or photos they may have from visiting or working at the site. Which year did you visit? Who did you visit with? What activities did you take part in? Let us know!

The site, situated in the Pendle Countryside, is home to a number of adrenaline-fuelled activities and has something to accommodate everyone with visitors including educational, corporate, community and tourists groups.

The educational facility first opened its doors in 1938 as a camp school and since then it has developed and seen thousands of children and groups come through its doors for an experience they’ll never forget.

BFCitC assumed operations of the site in 2017 after a two-year closure and now we want you to get involved and tell us your memories of this prestigious site!

You can either share these with us on our social pages or email them to c.brearley@burnleyfc.com. Your memories and images will be featured on the BFCitC website and be part of our memorable exhibition at the Whitehough Outdoor Centre, allowing future generations to see the impact that the site has had on our community.

Take a look at our gallery and memories HERE.

You can view our 80 year chronology HERE, including all the key dates for Whitehough throughout the years.

Can you spot yourself or anyone you know? If you do, make sure you let them know on social media!

Keep an eye out on the BFCitC website and our social media pages for more information and updates on this iconic celebration!

Facebook: /Whitehough

Twitter: @WhitehoughOC

Instagram: whitehoughoc

Whitehough colouring competition!

Who’s ready to show off their art skills?

Whitehough Outdoor Centre is running a special competition to keep your little ones busy throughout lockdown!

Can you design a autumnal scene at Whitehough?

Let little minds run wild and be as creative as you like. What colours are the leaves? Can you see any animals?

The most creative drawing will win a signed Burnley FC Pennant!

All you need to do is download our blank outline PDF below, print it out and get creative! Don’t forget to share your creation with us on Facebook or Twitter, tagging the relevant account.

The competition closes on Sunday 22nd November, so don’t forget to submit your entries before then. The winner will be announced by a special guest on Monday 23rd.

DOWNLOAD OUR BLANK TEMPLATE HERE.

Good luck, we can’t wait to see your designs!

Whitehough awarded new Premier League and PFA funding

Burnley FC in the Community is delighted to announce it has been awarded a further three years of funding from the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association (PL/PFA) to offer subsidised places to young people visiting Whitehough Outdoor Centre.  

Initial funding was granted in 2017, when the Clarets’ official charity began operating the 80-year-old Pendle site which, at the time, was on the brink of closure. Over the course of three years, the funding allowed Burnley FC in the Community to provide 400 subsidised residential places per annum to young people living in some of the most deprived areas in Burnley and Pendle.  

Utilised by local schools, the funding reduces the cost of a three-day, two night residential by up to 50% for Year 6 children, with aim of teaching and developing life skills that will aid their transition from primary to secondary education. The new round of funding allows the continuation of the initiative that will, local restrictions permitting, restart in the spring of 2021 and will benefit 1,200 children over the course of three years. 

Matt Hargreaves, Head of Facilities for Burnley FC in the Community said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that we can continue this initiative with the help of the PL / PFA fund. Especially now, after the challenging year all children have had, the need to access all the physical and mental health benefits of time spent outdoors is greater than ever.  

“We’re tucked away in a beautiful part of the Pendle countryside that feels a million miles away from some of the most built up areas of our community. The chance to take some time out, learn from nature and be challenged in new ways has and will prove invaluable in these young lives. We extend our thanks to the PL / PFA for continuing their support of this vital initiative.” 

The number of subsidised places is limited and is available to local schools on a first come, first served basis only. We are pleased to continue offering great value for money residential visits, with prices starting from just £75 per person (subsidised rate) depending on the time of year.

 

For more information on this offer please contact Whitehough’s Centre Manager, Sara Parsons on s.parsons@burnleyfc.com