Chris Jones – the CEO of England Athletics and Dean Hardman – Head of Business Development and Communication – recently approached the Club to ask if they could come down to Witton Park on one of the Harriers Training Nights to see the Club in action.

They had heard a lot about the Club and the new Facilities that had been built by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and were keen to see how these developments had affected athletics in the area, including of course, Blackburn Harriers.

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Tony Wood – the Club Chairman – welcomed Chris Jones and Dean Hardman to Witton and introduced them to Claire Ramwell from BwDBC and Graham Harris who is the Facilities Manager and Club President George Kirby.

In explaining the background to the developments at Witton Park, Tony Wood was able to portray to the visitors from England Athletics, an understanding of some of the history of the Club and the relationship it has with the Local Authority, a relationship of substantial length going back over half a century and one that has been very fruitful for both organisations.

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Blackburn Harriers and Athletics Club stands550There was also ample opportunity for the England Athletics representatives to see the various Training Groups in action and to meet and speak with some of the Coaches and Athletes on the night and overall, the visit was very much appreciated and went down well.