As part of our ongoing commitment to tackling physical inactivity in the borough and promoting cohesion through major sporting events, we are proud to announce our 7th Annual Senior Volleyball Tournament.

Date – Saturday 18th November 2017

Time – 10.00am till Finish

Venue – Shadsworth Leisure Centre, Shadsworth Road, Blackburn, BB1 2HT

Main points to consider when entering a team:

  • Games will be played with Molten Softouch Ball
  • 6 players per team
  • 15 points per game

Entry Fee £60.00 per team, and MUST be paid in advance to secure your place

Individual trophies will be given to the teams who reach to the final

Limited spaces, please register your team to avoid disappointment

We are also pleased to announce that our Health & Wellbeing strand will be working with an international e-cigarette manufacturer on the day to provide information on the harms of smoking and the options of cessation or vape for all participants and spectators.

For tournament registration contact:

Ilyas Patel on 07538 238810 or email

We are thankful to Totally Wicked who have kindly supported and sponsored this tournament.

Totally Wicked –

Did you know?

Smoking prevalence

In 2016, 15.5 per cent of adults aged 18+ currently smoke, down from 19.9 per cent in 2010.

In 2000, 26.8 per cent of adults aged 16+ were smokers.

Prevalence since 2010 has fallen most in younger age groups.

Hospital admissions

There were estimated to be around 474 thousand hospital admissions attributable to smoking in 2015/16, which was an increase from 458 thousand in 2005/06.

As a proportion of all admissions, this has fallen to 4 per cent from 6 per cent in 2005/06.


Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the world. Tobacco (both active smoking and environmental tobacco smoke) causes almost a fifth (19%) of all cancer cases in the UK each year. There were estimated to be around 79 thousand deaths attributable to smoking in 2015. This represents 16 per cent of all deaths.


There were an estimated 2.4 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, representing around 5 per cent of adults.

Prevalence amongst 16 to 24 year olds increased from 2 per cent in 2015 to 6 per cent in 2016.

PHE (Public Health England) encourages all electronic cigarette users to quit tobacco use.

3 in 5 electronic cigarette users are current smokers

2 in 5 electronic cigarette users are ex-smokers who have switched to vaping


In 2016, tobacco was 27 per cent less affordable than it was in 2006.

Tobacco expenditure as a proportion of total household expenditure has fallen to 1.6 per cent in 2016, from 2.9 per cent in 1985.

(Statistics on Smoking, England – 2017)