A visit from Lancashire’s High Sheriff


This week we had a special visit from Amanda Parker, Lancashire’s new High Sheriff. Amanda was given a tour during our busy Wednesday night Junior Club session. Amanda later tweeted "A visit to Blackburn Youth Zone to see the after school activities in action ‪#‎buzzing‬ with young people. What a superb setup." The High Sheriff is the Queen’s representative in the County for all judiciary … [Read more...]

Volunteer Open Day


  Interested in Volunteering? Come along to the … BYZ Volunteer Open Day meet the staff meet volunteers have a look around talk about roles find out how to apply   Date: Friday 6th June Time: 10am till 12pm Location: BYZ Organised as part of Volunteers Week 2014   … [Read more...]

Ramadan: Week two Ishy’s blog

Ishmail Issat, Sports Co-Ordinator

Our sports co-ordinator Ishy Issat is blogging during Ramadan as he, alongside some of our members and staff, fast to mark the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. This week, Ishy tells us his thoughts and feelings as we mark the second week of Ramadan. To read Ishy's blog, please click here to visit the Zone's blog page. … [Read more...]

Senior Members interviewed


We asked some of our Senior members what they do at BYZ and this is what they said... Click here to see the film: Interviews with the Seniors … [Read more...]

Youth Zone Seniors perform at Roe Lee Parks Winter Wonderland

On Sunday 8th December some of our Senior club member performed a number of brilliant songs in front of a huge crowd at Roe Lee Parks Winter Wonderland. We want to say a massive THANK YOU to the seniors that took part and for those of you who attended to support them. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by hundreds of young people and their families. Activities included an ice rink, fun fair, craft … [Read more...]

Visit by Harry Gillam GB Aerial Skier 17 November 2012

Harry Gilliam at BYZ

Blackburn Youth zone was thrilled to welcome British Aerial Skiing athlete Harry Gillam, 21, through its doors this month. Harry joined the Gym Training Club during a special workshop which looked at training and gave the guys a chance to talk to Harry about what he has to do in his training. Harry has being training and competing in Aerial skiing for the past 5 years and this year will … [Read more...]

Graham and Brown quiz raises £810.56

G&B pics

Huge thanks to Graham and Brown whose staff raised money from organising a staff pub quiz. Donna Riley the Quiz Master organised the event at Blackburn Rugby Club for 64 members of staff, were they raised a staggering £810.56. Graham and Brown have been Founder Patrons since the beginning of Blackburn Youth Zone and we can't thank them enough for their continued support. … [Read more...]

Juniors Halloween Party 31/10/2012


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Blackburn Bodyshop raise £110 for Blackburn Youth Zone!

BYZ Rabbit contest Body Shop

Mubashar Khaliq and Karen Almond with Rosie Rabbit! The Bodyshop in Blackburn have raised £110 for the Youth Zone with their name a rabbit competition! Karen Almond the assistant manager knitted the rabbit in aid of this competition where people had to correctly guess the name of the rabbit. The rabbit was correctly guessed to be called Rosie. … [Read more...]

Blackburn Rovers FC ticket winners

byz Blackburn Rovers ticket winner

Jack holding his winning tickets! The Lancashire Telegraph kindly gave us some Blackburn Rovers FC tickets to give away at our Junior and Senior sessions this week. We picked names out of a hat and the lucky winners were Jack from Juniors and Matt Cooper and Gaz Davies from the Seniors. We will be giving away more tickets in December so keep a lookout as how to win them. … [Read more...]

Junior Session 22/10/2012 [GALLERY]

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Junior Session 17/10/2012 [GALLERY]

Junior Session October 22

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Our new drum kit!


Peter Little, Paul Nuttall and Stephen Cochrane with the new drum kit! We were thrilled when Stephen Cochrane, Head of Strategy at Pennine Lancashire Chief Executives (PLACE) at the Council, recently donated a £500 voucher he'd won at the opening of Reidy's music store. We went straight to Reidy's and spent it on a top quality drum kit, pictured here. A huge thanks to Stephen for choosing to … [Read more...]

Business Hive launch event [GALLERY]

Business Hive launch event

More than 120 business leaders were invited to the launch of the Hive, which has been set up under the umbrella of the Blackburn and Darwen local strategic partnership. The key aims of HIVE are: promote business and increase business networking tackle unemployment and promote apprenticeships increase local procurement … [Read more...]

Junior Session Video 01/09/2012 [VIDEO]

Junior Club 13/06/12 – 06

We went along to our Monday night junior session last week and asked our members what they thought of Blackburn Youth Zone so far... … [Read more...]

Junior Session 01/10/2012 [GALLERY]


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Senior Session 02/10/2012 [GALLERY]


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Charity Auction helps raise over £27,000 for Blackburn Youth Zone


In May the Youth Zone held the very first Big Kick football tournament and part of the event involved a fundraising auction. One of our supporters,Thwaites, was keen to be involved to help raise funds. They offered the chance for one lucky bidder to brew their own beer at the Thwaites Brewery! Malcolm Ireland from Napthens Solicitors in Blackburn placed the winning bid and brewed his own 4.6% … [Read more...]

Reidy’s become our latest Patron!

Senior Club 03/07/12 – 10

Blackburn Youth Zone is delighted to announce that our latest Patron is music empire Reidy's. Based in Blackburn, Reidy's have supported several of BYZ's music events by supplying equipment and technical experitse and it's great to welcome them on board as our official music partner. To learn more about Reidy's and what they do click here … [Read more...]

The Business Hive Launch event [VIDEO]


Last week we hosted the Business Hive launch event. The Business Hive is a new group of businesses from the public, private and third sector, working together across Blackburn and Darwen to inspire prosperity in the local area. We created this video for the event, which highlights the achievements of the Youth Zone so far and what we hope to build on in the future - Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone launch video [VIDEO]


Video of the image generated for the Blackburn Youth Zone launch, artwork by Sumit Sarkar (Krik 6) Music by Ali Gadema and Ben Wonderfoot. … [Read more...]

Senior Session 13/09/2012


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Junior Residential Trip to Wales


Welsh weekend residential Blackburn Junior club had our first ever residential, We set off on Friday 7th September for a weekend of action and adventure. 20 young people aged between 8 and 12 along with 4 members of staff were met by centre staff at the Oaklands Centre near Conwy around 9.30pm after a long drive down. After a huge breakfast the group was loaded into a mini bus for an … [Read more...]

Colin Hendry visits Blackburn Youth Zone


Colin Hendry, the former Blackburn Rovers footballer, came down to the Youth Zone a few days ago to see some our members play football and have a tour of the facilites. It didn't take Colin long to find our rooftop football pitch... it was great having him at the Youth Zone and our members certainly enjoyed it! … [Read more...]