Rosie Cooper MP met with disgruntled managers and players from Burscough JFC after receiving complaints about the condition of playing fields on Abbey Lane.
Burscough JFC currently have around 500 children, boys and girls, playing for the club from under 6s through to under 18s, as well as an open age adult men’s team.
The club turned to their local MP for help after being left out in the rain by West Lancashire Borough Council.
Rosie was shown the waterlogged pitches at the Thomas Galvin Sports Ground on Abbey Lane. Rosie, who was joined by Burscough Councillors Roger Bell and John Davies, heard how the pitches are often unplayable, not mowed or marked out.
Elliot Cosgrove, Chairman of Burscough JFC told Rosie how a severe lack of maintenance over the past two years has forced many of their games to be cancelled and meant some teams to play their ‘home’ games as far away as Bolton and Hightown.
Speaking at Abbey Lane, MP Rosie said:
“After the amazing Olympic Games and all the talk about the legacy it will leave, what will West Lancashire’s sporting legacy be?
“The condition of the pitches at Abbey Lane and Victoria Park has meant many teams haven’t kicked a ball since the season began. Following the downpours of last week I doubt Burscough JFC will be playing this side of Christmas!
“I am told the Council claim to have completed a series of maintenance work, including drainage at Abbey Lane. However on inspection this seems highly unlikely. I will be writing to the council to determine what work has been done and when.
“It is unacceptable that Council are not maintaining their facilities which people are paying for. They should agree a long term lease to Burscough JFC who will be prepared to look after the playing fields and allow youngsters to enjoy sport again.”
Elliot Cosgrove, Chairman of Burscough Junior Football Club said:
“You would have thought after a fantastic summer of sport the council would be supporting our young sports men and women. However, there seems to be a real lack of interest in youth sports.
“Many of our parents and managers are becoming frustrated at the poor facilities in Burscough, forcing them to travel miles every weekend.
“I hope the council will not forget about our club.”