ELFDA are determined to make sure there are good quality facilities for football in Blackburn and to leave a longstanding legacy for many years to come; with this in mind they have come together to run and maintain this complex of pitches themselves.

Grassroots football is well represented in Blackburn, involving over 5000 players of all ages, however budgetary pressures on the council meant that local pitches were not being maintained and it was becoming difficult for the large amateur football community to find suitable and affordable places to play.

In 2012 the local community football groups came together as ELFDA to take over an 11 acre council site, restore it and turn it into a sustainable business. Once they’re up and running, the plan is for them to generate income to cover their upkeep costs, so that footballers in Blackburn will have pitches to play on for years to come.

The eventual aim is to attract funding for multi sports and improve facilities for all involved. By continuing to work with other communities and organisations, together we can do this

Bill Maynard

Chairman, ELFDA