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New sessions starting in the New Year!

From January 2019 we have even more opportunities for you to get involved in.


The Community Trust have a new FREE course of Football Fans in Training (FFIT) commencing Thursday 17th January.  The 13 week programme includes an initial health check on the first session, with 13 weekly sessions being split between classroom health and education and physical activity sessions. The sessions start at 6pm until 7:30pm and the group will be meeting at the main entrance, 15 minutes before the session.  Male participants, aged 35-65, are eligible to take part in this programme if they have a BMI of 28+ or a waist size of 38+ inches.  Interested?  This is a bookable course so if you wish to come along please call Nathan on 01253 348 691.

Want to get active?

Masters Football is a chance for 35+ year olds to continue playing 5-aside football in a social environment.  The sessions will take place outdoor on a Monday evening at: Playfootball Blackpool, Garstang Road West, FY3 7JH,  6pm – 7pm.

Walking Football Under 60’s

Blackpool FC Community Trust are launching a new Walking Football session open to anyone under the age of 60.  Walking football is played 5 a side with specific rules in place such as; no running, no contact between players and the ball must remain below head height.  This is an opportunity for all abilities to restart playing football at a slower pace but also introduces the sport to people who may have never considered it in the past.  This will, again, take place at Playfootball Blackpool at 6pm – 7pm.

Both sessions above will commence from Monday 7th January 2019.

In addition to our existing Walking Football provision we have a new Over 50’s session starting.  This will take place at Blackpool and the Fylde College, Ashfield Road, FY2 0HB, commencing; Wednesday 9th January, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, in the sports hall.  Can’t make that time?  We run more sessions every Monday and Thursday (excluding bank holidays), at PlayFootball:

Monday: 4.30pm-5.30pm

Thursday: 4.15pm-5.15pm

The sessions are £4 each.  For more information please contact Michael on 01253 348 691 or email to find out when the next sessions take place.

Don’t worry ladies we haven’t forgotten you!  We have new sessions for you starting from February so keep a look out on our social media sites or our website:

For more information on any of these sessions or any other provision please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01253 348 691

Trust launch ‘Toddler Yoga’

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Tiny Tangerines programme is now offering ‘Toddler Yoga’ to local nurseries and pre-schools.

Toddler Yoga encourages young children to become aware of their own bodies and the physical space of themselves within the universe. It aids their co-ordination, through specific movements and exercises crossing the midline of the body. As well as the physical benefits to the yoga sessions there are also benefits for their emotional wellbeing, by developing the mind and awareness through relaxation techniques within their natural movements.

The Trust’s Early Years officer Danielle Beesley has been piloting the Toddler Yoga programme during Autumn term at St Nicholas Pre-School. Danielle said, “Yoga is well known for its ability to strengthen and increase flexibility of joints and muscles. As a toddler develops, this is key to them reaching their full potential.”

The provision included a variety of well-known children’s stories such as ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Monkey Puzzle’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.

The yoga poses are incorporated into the stories and the children used their imagination to become the characters from the stories. The children practiced breathing techniques to help encourage healthy self-regulation. The toddlers also took part in mini games during the sessions, allowing the children to make decisions and be creative.

For more information regarding the brand new yoga scheme please contact Blackpool FC Community Trust on 01253 348691.

Club and Community Trust Deeply Saddened By Passing of Reverend Michael Ward

Blackpool Football Club is deeply saddened to announce the passing of its Club Chaplain, Reverend Michael Ward.

A much-loved pillar of the community, Michael was a lifelong Blackpool supporter who became Club Chaplain in 2006, offering advice and guidance to all those who sought it.

A former vicar at St Peter’s Church, he was also a prominent trustee on the board of the Blackpool FC Community Trust, most recently becoming its Chairman.


Trust’s Futsal Squads Impress in Manchester

Blackpool FC Community Trust Futsal squads were back in action at the Powerleague Arena in Manchester for the EFL North West Futsal Development League this week.

The Trust offer BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 in Sports coaching, Fitness and Development and Football Academy, with the Level 3 extended diploma being equivalent to 3 a-levels. The Football Academy pathway sees students take part in Futsal which is continuously developing and has seen the likes of global football players like Neymar, Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez participate in when they were younger.

The day saw The Trust’s A team beat Fleetwood Town A, B and C teams where an impressive 20 goals were scored and 4 goals against.

The Trust’s B team won two games and lost one with victories against Preston and Blackpool C. The win against Preston was the stand out result of the day as the Seasiders won 6-4 after being 4-1 down.

Football Development Officer Alex Taylor said “The players showed great character to come back from a slow start to the game.” “The victory was deserved and it was also good for the players with it being our close rivals”.

The Trust’s C team struggled with defeats from Wigan, Oldham and Blackpool B on the day.  The team improved as the day went on but will remain in Tier 2 of the North West Futsal Development League.”

BTEC Student Cameron Cregg, fully enjoyed the day. Cameron said,, “I’m really enjoying my Futsal at the minute on the BTEC Course at Blackpool FC Community Trust, over the past two game weeks I’ve scored 12 goals. I feel that I’m learning all the time and I’m really enjoying my studies”

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust, visit call 01253 348691.

Thumbs Up For Equality

Blackpool FC Community Trust is celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities with EFL.

To coincide with International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Monday 3 December, the EFL will be holding its own EFL Day of Disabilities on the same date.

The aim of the day is for the EFL and all 72 Clubs to come together and share some of the positive work that has been undertaken by Clubs to ensure an inclusive environment for disabled participants.

Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver a wide range of disability programmes and have done for a number years. The Community Trust offers a range of activities to get target audiences, that would not normally participate, involved in regular physical activity sessions. Groups include people with disabilities, over 50’s and women and girls.

The Trust’s Inclusion Officer, Dave MaClean, who delivers the disability programmes said, “The Trust prides itself on delivering and creating equal opportunities. We go into a number of special schools and I absolutely love it. It’s probably one of the best aspects of the job to work with these exceptional people.”

Head over to Blackpool FC Community Trust’s social media channels to watch an in-depth video on the fantastic work The Trust do with the inclusion participants.

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust, visit or call 01253 348691

Trust nominated at Local Hero Awards

Blackpool FC Community Trust recently attended the 2018 Local Hero Awards.

Inspirational charitable individuals and organisations across Blackpool were recognised at a glitzy award ceremony at the Tower Ballroom for the 2018 Local Hero Awards organised by local MP Gordon Marsden on Thursday 22ndNovember and Blackpool FC Community Trust were very proud to be nominated for Most Outstanding Blackpool Charity and The Trust’s current BTEC student and volunteer Tom Hanslip was also nominated for Most Charitable Young Person (24 and under).

The event brought together a host of individuals and organsations from the voluntary and third sector, to celebrate the great work done in Blackpool for the local community, which falls very much in line with the Trust’s aims to improve lives for the better and increase social inclusion and education; improve physical fitness and health; and lessen involvement in negative activities and anti social behaviour.

Blackpool FC Community Trust Chief Executive, Ashley Hackett was proud that Blackpool FC Community Trust and Tom Hanslip was recognised for all the continuous hard work.

Ashley said, “It was a great honour to be highlighted by Gordon and his panel of judges. To celebrate an evening like this with so many other worthy groups and local volunteers was a huge accolade for ourselves and great work we do.”

Tom Hanslip, who has volunteered more than 250 hours with Blackpool FC Community Trust in less than 12 months and also graduated from the Trust’s NCS programme said, “I started volunteering with The Trust and I feel that my confidence and self-esteem has been really boosted. I got involved with as many programmes as possible and now I’m doing my BTEC in Sport which I’m really enjoying. To be recognised at these awards is overwhelming but I will continue to work hard.”

EFL Girls Cup 2018- 2019

Blackpool FC Community Trust recently delivered its annual EFL Girls Cup at Stanley Park.

The EFL Girls Cup is a six-a-side competition for U13 girls that culminates in a grand final prior to the Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.

The road to the finals begins when each of the 72 EFL clubs organise a local competition for all schools wishing to take part.  Each winning school from the local competition then represents their club in the North or South Area Finals in a bid to reach the Regional Finals.  The two teams who are victorious in the North and South Regional Finals proceed to play at the Grand Final at Wembley in March 2019. Over 6,000 girls are involved in the competition each year.

Baines, St Mary’s and South Shore Academy took part in this year’s tournament.

The competition started with South Shore taking all 3 points against the team from St Mary’s. Next to play was Baines vs St Mary’s.  It was a very close game but Baines took the points which resulted in  them playing South Shore in the final.

The final game of the evening was Baines v South Shore. Both teams struck early with great goals.  The game continued with an end to end battle until South Shore pinched a last minute winner.

Well done to all teams that took part and to South Shore for reaching the regional rounds.

Premier League Enterprise Challenge Club Heat 2018-19

On Tuesday 27th November the Trust held The Premier League Enterprise Club Heats.  Nine teams of up to five members, from participating schools, Baines School, St Georges School, South Shore Academy, Unity Academy and Montgomery High School, were tasked with answering a real life business challenge set by the Premier League. This year’s Challenge tasks pupils with developing a business plan and promotional campaign to increase the number of young adults (aged 18-23) following the club and attending matches.

The Premier League Enterprise programme, run in partnership with Sport Relief and now in its tenth year, uses the business models of professional football clubs to engage hard to reach young people in educational activity. Delivery focuses on development of key skills to improve the future opportunities available following secondary school. The Enterprise Challenge is an exciting additional competition element of this provision.

Over 900 young people participated in last year’s competition, and secondary school pupils representing 34 Premier League and English Football League clubs from all over the country will compete in this years’ competition, where they will look to progress to the Final in London in 2019.

Each participating club hosts their own Club Heat to determine which team will represent them in the next stages of the national competition. Staff form the Trust worked closely with each of the teams for weeks prior to the Club Heat to develop their ideas and prepare their presentations. 31 participants then visited Bloomfield Road Stadium on Tuesday 27th November to present their ideas in front of a judging panel comprising of heads of local businesses and CEO’s to see who was the most successful in fulfilling the brief.

The competition was the best to date, full of amazing ideas and extremely well put together presentations. All teams should be proud of their contributions and the Trust would’ve been delighted to progress with any of the teams from this year’s heat. Every participant has been very successful in further developing a selection of life skills that will benefit them going forward in interviews and social situations etc. they were also offered tickets to watch a Blackpool FC Home fixture as a very well deserved thank you for all of their hard work and dedication.

That being said, only one team can progress, and after a lot of deliberation the judges decided that winners of the Club Heat, and representing Blackpool FC Community Trust in the next stage of the competition are the team of four from Baines School.

The team will now head to one of six Play-Off events held in Premier League stadiums across the country, where they will compete for the chance of heading to the Final in London in March 2019 and presenting their ideas to a panel of judges from the world of football and business. Wish us Luck!

Veterans Coffee Morning Relaunch

We recently relaunched our weekly Veterans Coffee Morning on Monday 19th November and 12 people attended.

Dave Marsland, Inclusion Officer, who is leading this project was delighted and commented “It was a very positive first meeting and the 90 minutes flew by and on first impressions it appears that they will be a very proactive group. After the introductions I encouraged them to express their opinions as to how they would like the Group to evolve and the feedback was very useful. I am looking forward to seeing this come to fruition in the forthcoming weeks.”

Subsequently, the group met again on Monday 26th November and again there was a really strong turnout, with several new members attending.

The group meets every Monday from 11am until 12.30 and takes place in the Club Shop (opposite the Travelodge). It is free to attend and all ex-servicemen, women, families and carers are welcome to attend. Refreshments are available.