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NCS Match Day A Success

Saturday saw both our Youth Board Graduates and first team players celebrate and promote NCS (National Citizen Service). The aim of the NCS match day is to help raise the awareness of our NCS programmes and to help the community further understand how our project helps to make a difference within the lives of those aged 15-17 years.

Curtis Tilt wearing an NCS match day t-shirt

NCS is the country’s fastest-growing youth movement, a rite of passage for all. teenagers aged 15-17 to discover who they are and what they can do. It’s your chance to explore, be inspired and find your passion.

Prior to Saturday’s match, our NCS Youth Board Graduates walked around the ground engaging with fans. The group wanted to inform as many people as possible about the NCS programme so that they would leave the match and end their day with more knowledge of what it entails.

Blackpool FC’s first team players got involved in helping us to promote NCS by wearing our NCS t-shirts during the warm up for their match. Once the warm up was complete, the players then handed the t-shirts out to members of the crowd.

It’s not too late to sign up for our Summer NCS programme but places are limited with young people jumping at the opportunity to take part. Our NCS Summer programme starts Monday 22ndJuly running for 3 weeks. Click here to find out more about NCS.

Call 01253 348691 for more information.


NCS Match Day taking place this Saturday

Saturday’s game between Blackpool and Walsall will see local graduates from Blackpool FC Community Trust’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme enjoy VIP treatment.

The graduates will join the players on the pitch to launch ‘NCS Match Day’, a special event organised by Blackpool FC Community Trust. The first team squad will also wear NCS Match Day t-shirts during the handshake prior to kick-off.

NCS Match Day, which is supported by the Trust and the Club, will launch the national two-week NCS Match Day activity across the country.

NCS is a nationwide experience for Year 11’s and 12’s, offering them a chance to develop new skills for whatever post-GCSE life has to throw at them.

See below some of the things NCS participants will take part in:


Phase 1

Feel the freedom of the outside world during five days away from home, taking on adrenaline-fuelled activities like rock climbing, canoeing and archery. Your team will cheer you along every step of the way, sharing in every challenge, every success. Then you’ll have a few days back at home for some much-needed rest.


Phase 2

Expect transformation, because this week is all about developing YOU. Living independently, you’ll learn essential life skills from local business leaders and charities, gain confidence in public speaking, communications skills and budgeting. It all looks great on your CV, whatever you do next.


Phase 3

Now it’s time to make your mark. Back at home, you and your team will devise a community project based on an issue you feel passionate about. You have the skills and confidence to do anything – the more original, the better! This is your chance to feel proud by making a real difference in your community.

Tom Hanslip, an NCS graduate said, “NCS was beneficial in helping me grow and develop as a person ready for the future I have ahead of me. It helped me to break down various barriers that affected my everyday life and as a person, I became so much more confident.”

Inclusion Officer, Katy Hooton helps deliver the Trust’s NCS programme and she said, “The best outcome for me is to see the difference in the young people from when they first meet with us in recruitment to their graduation and how they’ve developed within themselves. To know that our programme has impacted on their lives in such a way, is the best reward you could ask for.”

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s NCS Ambassador and Blackpool FC goalkeeper, Myles Boney, is a big supporter of the programme after taking part in it in 2016 whilst part of the youth team. Myles said, “I think NCS is brilliant. It gives young people the chance to experience different activities and challenges whilst building new friendships and benefitting the local community.”

Places are limited for the Summer 2019 NCS programme with young people jumping at the opportunity to take part in the programme that starts Monday 22ndJuly running for 3 weeks.

For more information on NCS please visit email call 01253 348691 to start the sign up process.

NCS Champion School Gold Award

Blackpool & The Fylde College achieved Gold ‘Champion’ status in recognition of all the hard work they put into promoting NCS and encouraging young people to sign up.  They were awarded a plaque at the Autumn Graduation, this can be found in the main reception at the college and is something they can show Ofsted to highlight how much they supported their students’ extracurricular opportunities. Through the hard work of the Community Trust staff and College tutors they have become the only Gold Award establishment on the Fylde Coast.

Take a look back on our NCS Autumn Graduation at Blackpool and Fylde College where we celebrated the participants achievements for completing the programme as well presenting the NCS – National Citizen Service Champion School Gold Award

Have you heard about our NCS Youth Board?

Our NCS Youth Board is designed to create an opportunity for any Graduates, of any programme, to come back together with the aim of giving back. This will be done through a variety of channels from social action projects within the community to holding fundraisers, being involved with NCS match days as well as being a massive part of the recruitment process and showing other young people of the local community, what NCS is all about.

Our first meeting gave any previous graduates the chance to come together to show their interest in our extension phase programme. Since then, they have been given various projects and opportunities to meet with new people of the community, promote our NCS Summer programme to other young people within the community and help the Community Trust to gather data from the Blackpool community for a Youth project they are currently running .

Our main aim is to open up various avenues and opportunities not only to our past graduates but to the wider community of Blackpool.

If you are interested in getting involved with NCS you can read more here.

New Walking Football sessions for Under 60’s

Blackpool FC Community Trust have launched a new Walking Football session open to anyone between 35 and 60 years old.  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.  The session takes place at Playfootball Blackpool at 6pm – 7pm on a Monday evening.

“The session has really taken off and we have had good numbers from day one.  You will receive a warm welcome in an inclusive and fun environment within a great social group. We hope the time of the session will also be suitable for people who are still working and can’t make the other sessions.” – Dave – Inclusion Officer.

One of the attendees said, “It’s fantastic to be playing football again!  Not only that, but it has improved my fitness too!”

Free tea and coffee will be available in the bar area for you to catch up before heading home.

For more information please give the office a call on: 01253 348 691 or you can send us a message via our social media pages.

Reading the Game has been a hit

Spring 1 sees the return of Reading the Game; an English intervention initiative for reluctant readers which is supported by the Premier League Primary Stars Programme. Year 5 pupils from Anchorsholme Primary Academy are receiving twice weekly sessions based around a variety of football related reading platforms. Sessions include looking at magazines, websites, blogs and a group novel in order to raise the pupil’s interest in reading.

The initiative is currently being trialled in Anchorsholme Primary Academy with a vision to expand the project within the coming academic year across other schools.

Pupils are beginning to understand that reading can be for pleasure and not just for purpose. By using a variety of reading materials, pupils are becoming more engaged in reading. During the session a library style activity is offered to the boys to check out books from the Premier League Book Box, a number of which have made use of this facility. This has meant many of the pupils taking part are now reading more at home as well as in school.

The intervention work is already having an impact on the pupils and their reading. Ramsay, one of the pupils taking part in the sessions told us “I’m reading more at home and I have read my Goosebumps books. I’d rather read than go on my PS4”.

The initiative will finish with a visit to Anchorsholme Library, where the pupils will be provided with a library card and shown how to borrow the books.

Lastly we would like to share these lovely words from the Assistant Head.

“When the boys were initially told that they were going to be part of a reading group, we witnessed the response that we see so often from children that have disengaged from reading- the look of dread accompanied by mumbled moans and grumbles. However, within the first session we saw a complete switch in attitude. The boys were excited by the texts they were sharing and there became a real ‘buzz’ about their book talk. The group has been keen to take books away with them to read in their spare time and they are excited to swap these books with each other. It has been a pleasure to see the children’s response to the sessions and their engagement with the texts and we are looking forward to seeing the longer term impact of this on our readers”. – Mrs Lang

Want to get FFIT and healthy?

After a very successful first course of Football Fans in Training (FFIT), 16 new participants have signed up for the delivery of the second course.    The main aims of the programme are to:

–              Increase knowledge of diet and nutrition

–              Improve lifestyle choices

–              Increase physical activity amongst participants

–              Reduce weight and waist measurements

–              Increase engagement in other physical activity

On the first week the participants took part in a workshop exploring the programme overview followed by a stadium tour where they got exclusive access to the home changing room and pitch-side.

For their second session the participants looked at different food groups and portion sizes whilst setting themselves SMART goals, these are weekly targets regarding healthy lifestyles.  This was followed by a low intensity physical activity session walking up and down the stands and around the pitch.

We will be tracking their progress as the course continues and supporting the individuals as much as we can.  There are additional activity sessions they can attend too such as Under 60’s Walking Football and Masters Football.

Male participants, aged 35-65, are eligible to take part in the Football Fans in Training programme if they have a BMI of 28+ or a waist size of 38+ inches.

For more information about the programme contact Nathan on or visit FFIT.

Premier League Enterprise Challenge Play-Off Winners 2018-19

Blackpool FC Community Trust were crowned Regional Play-Off winners after Baines School, who represented the Trust, presented their business ideas in front of a panel of judges in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge at Huddersfield Town’s John Smith Stadium.

The Premier League Enterprise Challenge, run in partnership with Sport Relief, and now in its 
tenth year, uses business models of professional football clubs to engage young people in educational activity and develop life skills for the future. The Enterprise Challenge is the national competition element of this secondary school delivery that takes place annually.

Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils from participating schools answered a real life business challenge that is faced by football club’s marketing teams that was set by the Premier League.

The team were selected to represent the Trust and the town, after competing against ten other school teams, in the Club Heat at Bloomfield Road back in November 2018. Since then, staff from the Trust have been working with the team from Baines to perfect their pitch ready for the Regional Play Offs. After a lot of hard work and an excellent presentation on the day of the Play-Off Baines School came out on top securing their place in the National Final in London.

Sharon Wright, the teacher from Baines School that has coordinated their involvement in the competition, said, “The Trust provides our students with the invaluable opportunity to develop not just enterprise skills but real-life skills. I have watched quiet students grow in confidence, develop unexpected friendships, learn to work together as team and manage their time efficiently. We can’t wait to take part in the National Final.” 

Jack Shields, The Trust’s Enterprise Coordinator, praised Baines for their fantastic efforts winning the Regional Play-Off. Jack said, “Initially the group were understandably nervous about presenting because it is a huge occasion. Being at a Premier League stadium in front of a crowd of 70+ people is daunting for anybody, let alone young people experiencing something like this for the first time. The team did themselves proud, they put so much work in and they presented with such confidence. It has been excellent to see them grow in the competition. I’m delighted for them, and excited at the prospect of taking part in the National Final in March regardless of the outcome.”

The final now awaits Baines, who will represent Blackpool FC Community Trust and present their ideas to a panel of judges from the world of football and business, in London. Watch this space to find out the result come March.

For more information our Premier League Enterprise programme, call 01253 348691.

Funded Knife Crime Workshop

Thanks to funding from the Home Office anti-knife crime community fund, and working with the Public Protection team at Blackpool Council and Active-8, 31 students aged 16-18 from Blackpool FC Community Trust’s BTEC programme participated in our first knife crime workshop on 21st January at Bloomfield Road stadium.

This has come about as a result of damning statistics that has seen a noticeable increase in the number of knife crime incidents in Lancashire – 1,030 knife crimes have been recorded in the first three quarters of 2017/18, which represents a 100% increase compared to the similar time frame in 2016/17 (as per 2018).

Furthermore, in recent years, the rate of first time entrants to the youth justice system within Blackpool has been consistently worse than the regional average – between March 2016 to March 2017, 134 young people aged 10-17 in the youth justice system received a youth caution or court conviction (as per 2018).

As such, this work will be focused on delivering key messages around anti-knife crime and will be delivered to children and young people aged 12–18 from across Blackpool, with more workshops planned throughout the year, including in schools.

For more information, call 01253 348691 or visit

Blackpool FC Players Visit Park Community Academy

Blackpool FC stars Nya Kirby and Yusifu Ceesay made a special appearance to Park Community Academy on Tuesday afternoon.

Yusifu Ceesay and Nya Kirby, who is on loan from Crystal Palace visited SEN school Park Community Academy as part of Blackpool FC Community Trust’s inclusion programme. The Trust run different inclusive programmes to support people with disabilities.

Ceesay and Kirby took part in a Q&A with pupils from Park. The duo were asked a number of questions before they got involved in a kick-about with the group on the playground.

Nya Kirby enjoyed his time visiting the school and hopes to come back. Nya said, “It was a fantastic experience. The kids were really nice and I enjoyed showing them some skills. We walked in and the group started clapping for us and you could just see how happy they were but we absolutely loved it.”

Yusifu Ceesay also praised the experience. Yusifu said, “This was the first time I have ever done a visit to a school and I really liked it. The children were so good and happy. The Trust do a lot of good work in the community and if we can give back in any way, then we will be happy to do so.”