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A-Levels Results Day

Thousands of students across the nation finally found out how they did on their A-Levels tomorrow and at Blackpool FC Community Trust, we run a Foundation Degree.

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s two-year Foundation Degree programme is a course designed for individuals wanting to attain a university qualification and are passionate about pursuing a career in the Sport, Leisure and football industry.

Students develop the necessary skills, qualities and characteristics that are required to work within professional football club community departments or national governing bodies.

Delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, all lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in a supportive and inspirational club environment via online material.

Alongside the academic element of the course, students will complete up to 200 hours of voluntary coaching within the community, alongside the Community Trust and academy staff, allowing the students to embed and develop the coaching techniques learnt within lectures.

Through the Trust’s partnership with the University of South Wales, all students will be enrolled as a student at the university. Students will be able to access the university’s online library, blackboard and learning materials, providing them with the best possible learning platform to excel within.

Senior Education Officer, Mark Whalley said: “Our Degree is the perfect opportunity for those who want to study a degree and pursue a career in sport. We offer a variety of work placements in a sporting environment to give students hands on experience and help build their CV.”

To find out more and to have an information discussion, please call 01253 348691 or visit

Trust deliver Kicks on the Beach

Kicks on the Beach was an event that was inspired by a LOVEmyBEACH Active Coast project, which was designed to inspire local leisure partners as well as the community to see the potential of the beach environment as a clean and safe environment where a healthy lifestyle can be enjoyed. This included: Blackpool FC Community Trust, Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Fylde Council, coordinated by the Turning Tides partnership.

Following on from the success of this, we decided to take our weekly Kicks session to the beach, knowing that many children in Blackpool do not, both now or ever, engage with the beach due to social and economic factors. As such, we worked with Blackpool Transport and Blackpool Council, along with several youth groups, and arranged for transportation to be provided. Additionally, we were supported by the Blackpool FC Academy team who supported the event by refereeing and delivering activities, as part of their involvement with NCS. The upshot being that over 200 local children took part in playing football on the beach providing a unique opportunity for the children and the Community Trust to deliver an innovative and fun contribution towards a significant issue within the town.

Holiday Fun Heading To Fylde

Three venues will host school holiday activity sessions from this Monday (30th June) under a scheme being run by Blackpool FC Community Trust in partnership with Fylde Council, Home-Start, URPotential, Fylde Foodbank.

The sessions are for youngsters aged from seven to 11 and will run at at Hope Street Pavilion, St Annes (Mondays), Lower Lane Community Centre, Freckleton (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and Walter Avenue Methodist Church, St Annes (Wednesdays and Fridays) until Friday, August 31, apart from bank holiday Monday, August 27.

The sessions run from 9am to 1pm with parental consent forms available on the day.

Blackpool FC Community Trust Chief Executive Ashley Hackett, said, “We are delighted to be running the holiday activity sessions for the second consecutive year following last year’s success. It’s a fantastic way for children to keep active over the summer holidays.”

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Summer Sports Camps Update

We are pleased to confirm that Blackpool FC Community Trust will be running our popular Sports camps across Blackpool throughout the summer. These sports camps are for children aged 5-14 years old and run from 8am until 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). The cost to attend is £10 per day.

Confirmed schools:

Our Lady’s from July 23rd until August 17th – 4 weeks

Unity Academy from 23rd July until August 24th – 5 weeks

Hawes Side Academy from 23rd July until August 31st – 6 weeks (fully booked)

To book a place on camp you can do so in the following ways:

Telephone us on 01253 348691


Or you can contact us via direct message on Facebook or Twitter.

Please check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for Sports Camps updates.

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U16’s Tournament A Hit With Local Clubs

Blackpool FC Community Trust held an end of season Under 16’s 7aside football tournament at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 9th June. Local grass roots clubs Thornton Cleveleys, Clifton Rangers and YMCA all entered two teams and Blackpool FC Community trust filled up 3 development teams playing in the clubs kit. Blackburn Rovers Community Trust were also invited in to play.

The event saw over 80 players enjoy a competitive tournament over two groups. The top two teams from each group would qualify to the knockout stages. The day saw some great goals and some exciting football being played. (See the video below).

Thornton Cleveleys were the winners from group 1 which saw them take on YMCA (A) who finished runners up in Group 2. Thornton won this game 1-0 with extra time needed. The winners from Group 2 Clifton Rangers (B) took on YMCA (B) from group 1 who qualified on goals difference meaning Clifton Rangers (A) team narrowly missed out. Clifton Rangers (B) team ran out 3-1 winners despite YMCA playing some good football throughout the day.

Thornton would play Clifton Rangers (B) in the final of this year’s competition. Parents, families and friends gathered in the East and North stand at Bloomfield road in what would be an intense and nervy final. Thornton took the lead through Josh Woods but Clifton hit back later on in the game to equalise. Extra time could not separate the sides, so it was to be penalties that would decide the winners of this years competition.

Thornton went first and converted their first 3 penalties. They missed their fourth giving Clifton the advantage to take the lead having also scored all of their spot kicks. Thornton scored their last penalty but this meant that a goal for Clifton would see them win the competition. Denny Cain who captained the Clifton side stepped up and converted the penalty that made Clifton Rangers the winners of this years competition.

Football Development Officer Alex Taylor said, “It was a really enjoyable day to be a part of and thanks go to the clubs coaches for voluntarily attending and organising their players to attend despite being the end of their season. The lads thoroughly enjoyed a short break from revision and exams to play some really good football throughout the competition.”

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

Community Trust team up with VisitBlackpool for Armed Forces Week 2018

Did you know that the RAF trained at Bloomfield Road during World War II? Do you know about the Football League War Cup?

For Armed Forces Week, 2018, Blackpool FC Community Trust will be offering free stadium tours that will look to explore the links that exist between the football club and the Armed Forces, as well as the general heritage of the club and stadium. These tours will conclude with a group discussion where people can share their own sporting memories. These tours will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th June, meeting at the Club Shop.

These events are part of a broader piece of work that is carried out by Blackpool FC Community Trust thanks to funding from The Royal British Legion. Every Thursday from 1-2.30pm there is a Sporting Memories group that meets to discuss sport, primarily football. There is also a monthly Veterans Club that takes place on the last Tuesday from 1.30-3pm where veterans, serving individuals and their families can meet up and share a brew and make new connections. Both of these take place at the stadium.

Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive at Blackpool FC Community Trust explains that “The town and the football club both have a rich connection with the Armed Forces. We are delighted to be part of this event in 2018 and look forward to welcoming people to the stadium to take part in these tours.”

Armed Forces Week is Blackpool’s opportunity to say thank you to our heroes. The annual event has beencelebrated in Blackpool since 2006, and is now an integral fixture in the resort’s events calendar.

From 25 June – 1 July, the resort unites in welcoming serving military personnel, veterans and cadets, with a wide range of activities designed for them and their families, as well as the many thousands of people visiting the resort.

Blackpool Councillor Chris Ryan and Armed Forces Champion said: “We are delighted that the Blackpool FCCommunity Trust are working with us on Armed Forces Week this year.

“The stadium tours are going to be a fantastic addition to Armed Forces Week programme and a great opportunity to highlight our sporting history.”

To reserve a place on these stadium tours please visit Eventbrite and search for Blackpool FC Community Trust, or call 01253 348691. For more general information about Blackpool FC Community Trust projects email or visit our website.

The full programme for Armed Forces Week, and more details about individual events, news and tickets, go to

Blackpool FC Community Trust Aims and Objectives

  • To establish programmes of activity for the benefit of the local community.
  • To develop and promote programmes aimed at healthier lifestyles for the local community.
  • To develop and provide education and learning opportunities for local people.
  • To work in partnership with local groups, associations and organisations to help develop programmes of work and activities throughout the local area for the benefit of all.
  • To promote equal opportunities for all – and equality of access to all activities.

Blackpool FC Community Trust Festival Week

Last week Blackpool FC Community Trust held their annual festival week at Bloomfield Road and opened its doors to 1,566 children to take part in physical activity festivals delivered by the team. The week was an opportunity to celebrate the great work carried out in the community, with particular emphasis upon the Fit2Go program and the work that the Trust do in local nurseries, which are two separate programs that support healthy lifestyle and physical development of children.

The first three days were dedicated to our healthy lifestyle program, Fit2Go. 1,386 children from 30 of the 32 Blackpool Primary schools attended the three day annual Fit2Go Festival. This is the highest number of schools attending in the seven years of running the free event.

Attendees took part in four different activities across the day, which were Mini Football, Handball, Athletics and Dance. The Fit2Go Festival encourages children to take part in a range of different physical activities while also promoting teamwork and social skills throughout.

Healthy hydration was also high on the agenda for the Festival as all Year 4 children attending were taking part in our GULP Challenge to encourage children to “Give Up Loving Pop” and think of healthier alternatives such as water or low fat milk. In recent months Blackpool Public Health has highlighted the Fit2Go program as a contributing factor to the decrease in over weight and obese children leaving primary school in 2017.

The final day consisted of two festivals in one day with over 80 young children from nurseries across Blackpool attending a first ever Tiny Tangerines nursery festival held at Bloomfield Road. The children were able to take part in a variety of physical activities on the pitch as well as being given a mini ground tour of the stadium, stopping for photos in the home changing room.

Through physical activity, interactive stories and mini Fit2Go, the Trust offer nurseries a variety of activities that also help develop children’s speech and language, and their number and colour recognition. As part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme that is offered to all primary schools in Blackpool, 11 schools took part in the festival with 100 pupils aged 5-7 in attendance. Pupils had the opportunity to take part in non-competitive football matches against other schools, as well as a variety of football activities such as crossbar challenge and a penalty shootout.

Chief Executive, Ashley Hackett, adds that “We are incredibly proud of the work we do with Nurseries and Schools across Blackpool and each year we look forward to celebrating this with our annual festival at Bloomfield Road. This year was a great success and we look forward to building upon this again by making next year even more successful.”

For further information on any of this, please email or telephone 01253 348691.

Are you ready to take up the challenge?

The GULP Challenge is back!

Pupils across Blackpool are being asked to ditch sugary drinks in favour of more healthy options.

The GULP Challenge aims to tackle excessive sugar intake in a bid to stop children developing potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. According to Public Health England figures, children between four and 18 are getting around a third of their sugar intake from fizzy drinks. In Blackpool, we have approximately 400 children admitted to hospital each year for tooth extractions, with a significant number due to the consumption of sugary drinks. The proportion of admissions in Blackpool is more than twice the national average.

Robin Ireland, Director of Research at Food Active, said: “It is so important to get messages about sugary drinks to school children in as entertaining a way as possible so it is great to see this initiative supported by the Blackpool FC Community Trust. Give Up Loving Pop is a successful campaign that has spread across the North West and Blackpool Council has done a tremendous job in taking this on to help children choose healthier options”.

For the second year running, the GULP Challenge is being supported by Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Fit2Go team to encourage children to go “pop free”. As sugary drinks are readily available to children across Blackpool this year’s Giving Up Loving Pop (GULP) Challenge aims to reaching out to more than 3,000 primary school children to reduce their sugar intake.

The council-backed campaign encourages pupils to take part in a 21-day challenge to give up sugary drinks with the hope they will switch to healthier options such as water or low-fat milk.

Pupils taking part in the challenge will be given a diary which they must complete with the drinks they have consumed throughout the 21-days. They also receive a free water bottle to encourage them to keep hydrated during the school day.

The Year 4 and 5 classes with the most amount of pop free days on their diary will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Blackpool High Ropes.

Last year the GULP Challenge was a huge success with over 1000 Year 4 pupils across Blackpool taking up healthier drink options.

Marc Joseph, Senior Health Officer at Blackpool FC Community Trust, said: “We are trying to engage pupils and stop them drinking too many fizzy drinks. The GULP Challenge will hopefully change the children’s drinking habits and with Blackpool having so many school children influenced by adverts encouraging them to drink pop it is important that we get the message across at an early age.

“Last year we had great success which is why this year we are making the challenge bigger and opening it up to Year 4 and 5 pupils across Blackpool, meaning we will reach over 3,000 children.

“If the majority of them complete the challenge then we can consider it another great year.”

This year’s GULP Challenge was launched on 14th April and will be followed by more roadshows across Blackpool schools.

For more information on the Gulp Challenge, contact Blackpool FC Community Trust on 01253 348691 or visit

“Food Active is a healthy weight campaign developed in the North West and supported by local Directors of Public Health. For more information visit:

Blackpool and Derby County Community Trust’s team up for special event

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 5,000,000 older people experience depression. In Blackpool, this is highlighted within the Blackpool JSNA, which states that “amongst the over 65s the two most common mental health problems are depression and dementia.” The report also states that “social isolation is a recognised risk factor for poor mental health and is experienced by one million older people in the UK. Strengthening positive relationships in later life will help to promote mental health and wellbeing for all of us.”

Recently, Blackpool FC Community Trust launched their Sporting Memories group that aims to address these challenges in a fun and informal manner through a weekly group that takes place at the stadium every Thursday from 1 until 2.30pm, which is aimed at older sports fans and covers sporting topics of conversation, but primarily around football and Blackpool FC.

This programme has been made possible through funding from The Royal British Legion, which is a project that involves three Football Club Community Trusts, which are: Plymouth Argyle, Derby County, and Blackpool FC Community Trust’s. We are therefore delighted that Derby County will be bringing their Sporting Memories group to Bloomfield Road on Thursday 19th April to take part in a joint session that will look at the links and history that exist between the two clubs. We will also have our photo taken pitch side.

For more information on any activity that the Community Trust deliver, contact us on 01253 348691, email, or visit


April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Blackpool FC Community Trust and Blackpool FC are supporting the eighth annual Know the Score campaign.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer, with over 41,200 new cases each year. It’s also the second biggest cancer killer. Every 90 minutes three people die of the disease. That’s 44 people each day – the equivalent to four football teams – but it needn’t be that way. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Over 95% of bowel cancer patients will survive the disease for five years or more if diagnosed at the earliest stage.

Symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding for your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habit lasting three weeks or more
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy
  • Unexplained weight loss

Most people with these symptoms won’t have bowel cancer, but if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, visit your doctor. You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting it checked out. If it’s not serious, your mind will be eased, and if it is bowel cancer, the earlier you are diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment and cure. A trip to your doctor could save your life.

Blackpool FC defender Will Aimson said: “Bowel cancer can affect anyone at any age so it’s really important everyone is aware of the symptoms as early as possible.”

To find out more visit or follow @KnowTheScoreUK on Twitter.