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Rovers bring £600,000 pitch into community use

6 September 2017

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Blackburn Rovers Community Trust is delighted to have reached an agreement to manage all the community-use bookings at a new £600,000 3G football pitch, currently under development at Our Lady and St John Catholic College in Shadsworth, Blackburn.

The state-of-the-art floodlit facility has been made possible thanks to financial backing from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund, providing the school with a fantastic daytime sports venue that will be open to the public for group or personal hire at evenings and weekends.

The club's official charity will be responsible for the administration and management of all community bookings on the pitch, as well as the existing adjacent sports hall facility and a mixed use games area, which is also set to be upgraded as part of the new arrangement that comes into play from January onwards, once the 3G surface is installed. The Community Trust will be creating a permanent office base within the school's existing PE facilities in order to facilitate the arrangement that will open up brand new sporting opportunities in an area that is widely accessible from both Blackburn town centre and a number of nearby towns and villages.

Gary Robinson, chief executive of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, can't wait to offer this outstanding new facility to a wider audience and benefits thousands of local residents in the process. He explained:

"This new development is going to be a huge community asset, not just for Shadsworth and Blackburn, but the whole region, thanks to its excellent location with easy road access to so many nearby towns.

"The pitch is state-of-the-art and we're proud that Blackburn Rovers Community Trust - the football club's official charity - has been entrusted with the responsibility of maximising the availability of the facilities to as many local groups as possible.

"We already have reservations from a number of grassroots clubs who want to use the 3G surface from the new year onwards when it's set to open to the public, and we're excited about being able to enhance the whole collection of sporting facilities at the school over time, so that it can be viewed as one of the foremost community facilities in the area.

"Our thanks go to the senior staff at Our Lady and St John for such a smooth process to get us to this point, and with the earth broken on the project, we can't wait to see the end product and start making a huge difference to the quality of sports provision in our area."

Andrew Jackson, head of PE at Our Lady and St John, hailed the 'huge difference' the pitch would make to the standard of sport played at the school, whilst headteacher Peter Tite added:

"We are thrilled to have secured this new facility. Sport and physical fitness are so important for children and adults alike.

"Our students are very excited about the new pitch and know that it will help them to develop their skills. I am pleased that the local community will benefit as well."

Clubs or individuals interested in hiring the 3G pitch or any of the other sports facilities at the new venue are advised to email with as many details regarding their team or organisation's requirements as possible, with block bookings expected to be available from January onwards.

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