Jan 22 2013 by Tom Duffy, Formby Times
FORMBY FC owner Hugh McAuley has offered the junior club he used to play for the free use of his new astro-pitch development.
Hugh has allowed Frank Rourke’s Formby Junior Sports Club the use of the Formby Play Sports complex after their Deansgate Lane facilities began to flood several weeks ago due to poor weather.
Nearly a hundred boys and girls from Frank’s club have been able to play football on Saturday mornings thanks to the arrangement.
Formby Play Sports is a brand new 3G Astroturf facility currently under development at Formby FC on Altcar Road behind the Tesco supermarket off Formby bypass.
The complex is the first stage of a five-point-plan to redevelop the football club.
For Hugh the gesture is both an attempt to help out the club he used to play for as a boy, and also demonstrate his commitment to grassroots sport in the community.
Hugh played for Formby Junior Sports Club in the 1970s, when Frank’s dad Jim ran the club. Jim, who was awarded a MBE for his work with young people, founded the club in 1959.
A spokesman for the Formby Play Sports said: “We decided to offer the facility free of charge to the inter club teams of Formby Junior Sports Club as the children had not been able to play football for several weeks due to the ground being unfit at their usual home of Deansgate Lane. There have been over 80 children, boys and girls between the ages of 4-9 years old using the facility on Saturday mornings.”
Frank said: “It was a wonderful gesture by Formby Play Sports to help out a local club in this way which was very much appreciated by all of the children, adults and members of Formby Junior Sports Club.”
All teams that play within the Craven Minor league can hire the facilities for £15 on Saturday and Sunday mornings. For further information take a look at www.formbyplaysports.co.uk or contact us via phone on 07805 413037/07938 554780.
In March Formby FC plans to open a new bar at the ground, which will show live Sky Sports daily from 11am.