Prescot Cables Football Ground Secured for a Century

By on Thursday, December 20, 2018

Prescot Cables fans can be sure they have a home for the next 99 years, having just signed a long-term lease with new owners Knowsley Council.

The football club has been in discussions with the council since it became apparent the current landlord was not prepared to grant them a further lease over Volair Park, formerly known as Valerie Park, on Hope Street.

“Prescot Cables Football Club has been a huge part of the town since 1884, and it would have been a terrible blow if the club had to close its doors,” said Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan.

“By securing the purchase of the ground and putting this lease agreement in place, the council has been able to help the club stay open and to remain in the heart of the Prescot community. This agreement will also give the club the opportunity to explore options to raise more revenue and to secure grant funding.”

He added that the plan was part of the transformation of Prescot into a “thriving and attractive cultural, leisure and independent-led retail destination,” in which Cables plays an important part.

Doug Lace, Chairman of Prescot Cables Football Club said: “We have been playing at the ground since 1906 but we have never before had the security of a 99 year lease. We would like to extend our thanks to Knowsley Council for their support and their commitment to helping us to remain in the heart of the community and to continue to support local residents and the rest of the town.”

Prescot Cables Football Club is the most senior football club in Knowsley, and as a Community Interest Company, its membership is open to all, and supporters can buy shares in the club for £5 per year.

The club is engaged with improving the wellbeing of the local community in a number of ways through sporting activities. As a member of the Northern Premier League, the club promotes Prescot and Knowsley throughout the North West and the ground hosts charity matches and local junior club finals. Prescot Cables also fields eight Youth teams from the ages of 6 – 18 years recruiting locally in the Knowsley area.

Photo (L-R): Peter Kneale, Director of Prescot Cables F; Doug Lace, Chairman of Prescot Cables; Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council; Cllr Denise Allen & Cllr Steff O’Keeffe, Prescot South Ward members.

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