World Alzheimer’s Day

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and it is well known that across Blackpool and the UK, the two most common mental health problems amongst the over 65s are depression and dementia. Furthermore, social isolation is a significant risk factor for poor mental health and is experienced by one million older people in the UK. As such, strengthening positive relationships in later life will help to promote mental health and wellbeing for all of us.

This was the context for the decision to look at ways in which Blackpool FC Community Trust could support the community to address these issues, which resulted in the development of a weekly Sporting Memories group at Bloomfield Road Football stadium. This group, which is aimed at all older sports fans, including those living with memory loss, meets every Thursday in the club shop from 1pm and is free to attend.

This group has now been running for several months, and based upon the interest this group has received, we are delighted to announce the development of three more groups across Blackpool and Fylde. These groups take place at the following locations:

Blackpool Royal British Legion Club, 33-39 King Street, Blackpool FY1 3EJ – Every Friday from 10.30am -12. 30pm.

Lytham Ex-Service & Social Club Ltd, Chapel Street, Lytham, FY8 5ND – Every Tuesday from 12.30-2pm.

The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, Blackpool, FY3 7RW – Every Wednesday from 10.30am – 12pm.

In addition to Sporting Memories, we also run a weekly social group for people aged 50+ where they meet up and play games, quizzes, raffles, chair based exercises, and generally have fun. This group meets every Monday from 1.30-3.30pm and takes place at the Club Shop, Bloomfield Road Stadium and costs £2 to attend.

For those who want something a little more physical, we also run a very popular walking football programme. This takes place every Monday and Thursday at PlayFootball on Garstang Road and costs £4 to attend each session.

As you can imagine, sustaining all of these groups is a significant challenge and to that end, volunteers are always required. If you feel as though the above is something you would like to be involved with, please do get in touch.

For further information on any of the above, please contact Dave Marsland on 07786 361238 or email:

Trust Supporting Royal British Legion’s Thank You Campaign

This year marks the centenary of the end of WWI. To mark this occasion, the Royal British Legion (RBL) is running a ‘Thank You’ campaign that will provide people with an opportunity to say thank you to the generation that lived through WW1.  Those who served and sacrificed and the example and experience of those who lived through WW1 to shape the world we live in today.  You can find out more here:

You may also be aware that we, Blackpool FC Community Trust, also have our own veterans programme. Click here for more info. As part of this, in the lead up to Armistice Day, we will be linking in with the RBL ‘Thank You’ campaign through a series of short videos from Blackpool residents, employees of the club / Trust, or fans of the football club. If you, or someone you know, would like to be one of those contributors, we would like to hear from you.

Additionally, we will also be running two Armed Forces themed stadium tours during the week leading up to Armistice Day. These tours will take place on Monday 5th November from 11am until 12.30pm and Thursday 8th November from 1 to 2.30pm. To book a place click here or call the office.

This really is a hugely significant event that is also a great opportunity for Blackpool FC Community Trust to do something that will make us, and the community proud. If you would like to know more about this, or discuss any ideas you might have, please contact Jason White on 01253 348691 or

Traineeship Programme Returning

Blackpool FC Community Trust will be running a Traineeship programme, starting on Monday 1stOctober.

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship course runs for 12 weeks and aims to change lives for the better. The course has been made to help those who are aged 16-24 and who are not currently in education, employment or training.

No qualifications are required and the course is free of charge. The Traineeship course also gives the opportunity for the trainees who enrol, to progress onto a further education course in sports. The trainees will gain 216 hours of work experience and will be working within a professional football club.

The Traineeship course, which is based at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, provides crucial work experience which includes:

  • Working in different departments of a professional football club
  • Assisting in the delivery of sports in schools
  • Assisting in the delivery of Premier League Kicks and Walking Football sessions
  • Working within the private sports sector

The trainees will be provided with the official Blackpool FC Community Trust replica tracksuit, shorts, t-shirts and waterproof jacket.

Blackpool FC Community Trust, Traineeship Officer Colin King, believes the Traineeship course is an excellent opportunity for trainees to turn their lives around and start their further education which will lead to employment opportunities. Colin said, “This is a unique course which allows young adults between the age of 16 and 24, to enrol and learn crucial life skills whilst building their confidence. It’s a stepping stone back into further education because the majority of people who have enrolled in the past have either been kicked out of school or have registered no qualifications.”

The course provides the necessary tools to gain employment through Level 1 Employability Skills and Level 2 in The Principles of Sports Coaching. On completion of the course, the trainees can progress on to BTEC Level 1,2 and 3 in Futsal/Football studies with the Blackpool FC Community Trust.

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Football Fans in Training Coming To Blackpool

Blackpool FC Community Trust is delighted to announce it will be delivering a brand new weekly programme called Football Fans in Training starting on Thursday 20th September.

Football Fans in Training (FFIT), which is being delivered in partnership with the Scottish Professional Football League Trust, is a 13-week programme designed to improve health and increase physical activity for males and is delivered at Bloomfield Road.

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 session starts at 18.00pm until 19.30pm and the group will be meeting at the main entrance, 15 minutes before the session.

Blackpool FC Community Trust, Health Officer, Nathan Davies has encouraged anyone who is wanting to lose weight or generally improve their health and wellbeing to get in touch. Nathan said, “The main aims of FFIT is to increase knowledge of diet and nutrition and improve lifestyle choices. Other aims include increasing physical activity amongst participants and reduce weight and waist measurements.”

Male participants, aged 35-66, are eligible to take part in this programme if they have a BMI of 28+ or a waist size of 38+ inches.

For further information or to register an interest about the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme please contact Nathan Davies:


T: 01253 348691

Booking is essential

Refugees Event

Following on from the recent World Cup where the universal language of football once again brought people together, working with Lancashire County Council, Blackpool FC Community Trust recently held an event in Blackpool for Syrian refugees living in Lancashire. The day was an informal gathering for people to come together and play football together and despite the weather, the event was a great success and everyone had a great day.

A-Levels Results Day

Thousands of students across the nation finally found out how they did on their A-Levels today 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.

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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.”

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