Part of the former National Football Museum in Preston is to become home to a charity after almost four years of sitting empty.
Heartbeat is set to move into the museum site in Sir Tom Finney Way, Deepdale later this year.
The museum opened in 2001 and was home to the world’s greatest football collections, including the FIFA Collection.
There was outrage when it was announced in late 2009 that the museum would move from the Preston North End site to the Urbis in Manchester in 2010
The announcement comes just weeks after calls were made for the museum to transformed into a centre in honour of the late Sir Tom Finney.
Heartbeat provides long term cardiac rehabilitation programmes and is currently based in Harris Park in Fulwood.
Jill Rogerson the chief executive of Heartbeat said: “We are really excited at Heartbeat. We have been looking for a move for some time and this is the perfect location.”
She said the location also suits the charity’s aspirations for the future and what services they want to offer.
Sir Tom Finney was involved with the charity for a number of years.
Jill added: “He was incredibly supportive of the charity. He supported many of our fundraising events over the years. He was a whole-hearted supporter.”
In a statement Preston North End said: “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 approximately 10,000 square feet of 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.”
Heartbeat is a charity dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation. Heartbeat’s cardiac rehabilitation is a professionally supervised programme designed to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention procedures such as stenting and angioplasty.
Preston North End said the 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.