Preston North End recently released news of new tenants taking space within the Deepdale stadium.
A press officer stated: “Over the last few months the management of Preston North End Football Club have been in negotiations with the Trustees of the National Football Museum (NFM) to reacquire some of the space previously occupied by the NFM.
“We are delighted that agreement has been reached for Preston North End to own once again space within the stadium including the entrance of the former museum, the museum shop and all the internal space behind the Bill Shankly Kop.
“Following this agreement, we have been in discussions with various parties with a view to re-letting the former museum space.
“We are delighted to announce that Heads of Terms have now been agreed with ‘Heartbeat’ to take over this space from later this year following the final completion of the legal documentation and a period of refurbishment.
“It is particularly fitting that ‘Heartbeat’ are to become the new tenants given the presence of both the Minerva Health Centre and Lifestyle Fitness within the stadium.
This announcement has no impact on ongoing discussions designed to find a suitable home at Deepdale for both the Sir Tom Finney and PNE football collections.”
Heartbeat responded by saying: “Heartbeat is delighted to have found a new building for the charity having substantially outgrown its current one. The services Heartbeat provide and seek to provide going forward are limited at its current site.”
The new location will have significant benefits including better facilities, a more central location with a high profile location, additional services for our participants.
They will also now have extended class times, generous free parking, easy access by public transport and greater opportunity for Heartbeat to work with other services and partners.
Nick Lenehan and Kevin Riding set up the Sir Tom Finney Museum Facebook page in a memorial to Finney with proposals to utilize the former NFM site. They recently commented: “As many of you are aware it has been announced recently that the space we would like to use for our museum has been leased by the charity ‘Heartbeat’, who we would like to wish every success in their new venture.
“After meeting with Peter Ridsdale a couple of weeks ago he made us aware of this, yet he is still behind our idea and we are in ongoing talks to hopefully find some space to use in the areas given back by the NFM. However, I don’t want to sound like we are on our way to a done deal, as there are many complications within this matter and it will take some time to iron these complications out, that is if at all.
“So please keep on supporting and sharing this campaign, and above all, please give Mr Ridsdale your backing and complete support, as he is behind this idea as much as anyone. Thank you all for your continued support.”
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