Social value project offers solid defence

Fri, June 14th, 2019

A Knowsley-based housing provider is funding a social value project to improve..

A Knowsley-based housing provider is funding a social value project to improve security for a local football club and residents in Prescot.

Knowsley Housing Trust’s (KHT) is managing the creation of a boundary fence and wall, worth £10,000 on the joint ground between Prescot Cables Football Club and the Trust’s properties on Halsall Street, Prescot. Work will commence this week and is being undertaken by KHT and Vivark, a social enterprise offering facilities management services within First Ark Group.

The Trust is overseeing the project to improve health and safety for the football club and KHT tenants at neighbouring developments. It will also help to stop intruders breaking in to watch matches and prevent footballs from landing in residents’ gardens.

Peter Kneale, Chairman at Prescot Cables Football Club, said:

“We’re a community-focused football club and can’t thank KHT enough for investing in the security at our ground. This has been an ongoing issue as the fence was erected in 1950s/60s and something we’ve struggled to fund. It’s great we have such good neighbours who are prepared to support us.”

Leann Hearne, Group Chief Executive of Knowsley Housing Trust (part of First Ark Group), said:

“We’re both similarly aligned community-focused organisations and know many of our customers support the club. This is an important health and safety project and one we’re happy to back because of its significance within the local community, to our residents, the club and supporters.”

Prescot Cables Football Club dates back to 1884 and football has been played at the ground since 1906. They recently signed a 99-year lease with Knowsley Council ensuring the long-term future of the club. The club is a community interest company (CIC) and membership is open to all, supporters can purchase a share in the club for an annual subscription of £5.00.

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