Could you help to manage Darwen’s Blacksnape Playing Fields?

Published Tuesday 17 September 2019 at 16:25

Groups are being invited to take on the sport area and keep it running for the whole community.

Anyone interested in managing the operation of Blacksnape Football Pitches and Changing Rooms are being invited to submit expressions of interest.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is searching for football clubs and sports organisations who would be willing to take on the lease of this facility on Blacksnape Road in Darwen and operate it for the good of the local community and to support grassroots football.

The 25-year lease will include responsibility for the maintenance of three full size football pitches and external areas and the operation and utility costs of the changing room building. The Council will continue to maintain the building itself and contribute to the maintenance of two of the full size football pitches.

Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said:

This is a tremendous opportunity for a local club or organisation to manage the site for the community, with grassroots football for all ages and groups. We have so many groups in the borough who want to make a difference in this way and I am looking forward to seeing the expressions of interest.”

Football clubs and groups that are interested in taking over the management of the Blacksnape should complete an expression of interest form which can be obtained via The Chest procurement portal. They will first need to make sure they are registered on The Chest. Visit

The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is Monday, 23rd September 2019.

For more information about the lease of Blacksnape pitches and changing rooms, contact Leisure Facilities Manager Graham Harris on (01254) 585187 or


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