Pulse Soccer Center at Friar Park closed with just five days’ notice, blaming landlords at Phoenix Collegiate School.
Hundreds of soccer teams have been left homeless and countless gym members have been unable to train.
However, Simon Hackett, Cabinet Member for Sandwell Council for Education and Friar Park Councilor, is leading a campaign to reopen the facility under a new guise.
Councilor Hackett and Wednesbury Councilor Luke Giles met with Phoenix Collegiate Headmaster Mike Smith to discuss the issue.
Councilor Hackett said: “We have been talking about the sudden closure of Pulse. Mr Smith confirmed that after lengthy discussions by mutual agreement between the school and Pulse, operations at the center have ceased.
“He also confirmed that no planning application had been made for apartments on this property.”
He added: “I am pleased that the school has now reached out to the Football Foundation and attempted to reach out to some of those affected by the closure of Pulse so that they can work with those parties on what is happening in both the short and long term.” can be done term to keep the center open.
“Myself, Luke and other local councilors have offered our full support to work with the school to keep this excellent facility open to our community.”
Express and Star asked Mr. Smith if the school would allow the sports center to be operated by a non-profit community.
He said: “The school is working with the Football Foundation on possible options for the future and any decisions must be taken with the approval of our governing body.”
Councilor Laura Rollins, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Sandwell Council, added: “Like many residents, we are concerned at the sudden closure of the Pulse Centre.
“We are working with those who have used the Pulse Center to minimize disruption and relocate the clubs and activities that have used this space for many years.”
She added: “The design planning application for the site is subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement to secure affordable housing and compensation for the improvement/upgrade of local athletic fields and athletic facilities throughout the county.
“The ownership interest in the entire site of Phoenix North (formerly Manor High Foundation School) has been transferred to Phoenix GB by law. The local authority has challenged the country’s ‘transfer of ownership by law’ but had no jurisdiction over such matters and was unable to influence the property owner’s decisions to close the Pulse Center.”