Help brighten up new athletics facility


The Zone’s partners, Blackburn with Darwen Council, are looking for pupils from schools in the area to submit designs to brighten up the main outside wall of new athletics facility in Witton Park.

Youngsters are being asked to come up with drawings of the first things they think of when they hear the words athletics.

The pupil who comes up with the winning design will work with architects and graphic designers to create the piece of artwork.

It will then be embossed on to cladding panels that will be used for the building.

The winner will also receive £100 for art or sports equipment and their school will get £1000 for its art department.

The competition is the brainchild of Councillor Jim Smith, chair of Blackburn with Darwen Planning Committee, and Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Young People. The competition is being supported by Capita.

Councillor Smith said: “We want young people to really feel that this is theirs. I am very excited to see the wonderful concepts pupils come up with.”

“The winning artwork will help brighten the arena up.”

Councillor Talbot said: “I look forward to seeing the ideas.

“This facility is an important development. The Council has worked with Blackburn Harriers to create a first class facility and one which hopefully will create the next Olympians.

“It will be a facility for everyone in the borough. Our dearest hope is that a future Olympic champion will come from Blackburn with Darwen.”

The revamped arena is on course to open next year after a £2million upgrade. The proposals include:

  • A new build athletic facility with indoor 60m sprint track, changing facilities, first aid/physio room, fitness suite, and dance studio
  • The first total resurfacing of the outdoor running track since 1984
  • Improved drainage for the field events area including relocating the pole vault
  • Covered spectator seating

For more information about the competition, visit www.blackburn.gov.uk