EFL Trust Kids Cup Final to take place this Saturday

Blackpool FC Community Trust will be delivering the EFL Trust Kids Cup Final this Saturday during the half-time interval.

22 schools participated in the EFL Trust Kids Cup earlier this month but it was St John Vianney’s and Norbreck Primary Academy that remained having beaten their competition.

The winners from the final between St John Vianney’s and Norbreck Primary Academy will go on to represent Blackpool FC Community Trust in the League one north regional competition held at Rochdale United, where they will compete against other schools for a chance to play at Wembley.

The Trust’s Physical Education Team Leader, Chloe Hilton is looking forward to today’s EFL Trust Kids Cup final and believes it’s a fantastic experience for the children taking part. Chloe said, “The children will get to play on the Bloomfield Road turf which is a fantastic and unique experience. They will also get to play in front of the crowd in attendance so please get behind the children on Saturday during half-time.”

Saturday, 3.45pm

The 2017 EFL Trust Kids Cup Final will take place at Bloomfield Road – the home of Blackpool FC during the half-time period when the Seasiders take on Wigan Athletic.

Facebook Live

If you are unable to attend Saturday’s game, we will be streaming the EFL Trust Kids Cup LIVE via our Facebook channel. Make sure you are following Blackpool FC Community Trust.

For more information, please contact us on 01253 348691

Brothers Change Lives with Blackpool FC Community Trust

Mark (left) and Ashley (right) pictured together

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship programme has been changing lives for the better.

Brothers Ashley and Mark are currently on the Trust’s employability programme – Traineeship and the pair have secured full-time employment at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship course runs for 16 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.

Ashley and Mark enrolled on the Traineeship programme in July along with 12 other learners. 80% of the learners have progressed on to Blackpool FC Community Trust’s BTEC Education programme or secured employment.

Ashley thanked Blackpool FC Community Trust for their support and guidance which has helped him secure employment. Ashley said, “I had no direction in my life and it was causing me problems with my mental health. Rick, Colin and everyone at Blackpool FC Community Trust have given me the direction to change my life and now, I’ve not only learnt crucial life skills on the Traineeship course, but I’ve also got myself a job.”

Mark followed up what his brother said and is excited for what the future has in store for him. Mark said, “Working with Blackpool FC Community Trust has probably been the best thing I’ve ever done. Now I’m working with my brother and studying with him and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for us.”

Over the last 12 months, the Trust has worked with 77 learners who enrolled on to the Traineeship course and 63% have secured full-time employment or gone into education. 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 110 hours of work experience and will be working within a professional football club.

Senior Employability Officer Rick Bryan praised Ashley and Mark for their commitment on the course. Rick said, “Ashley and Mark have engaged in many practical elements including first aid at work course and interviews which have landed them with a job at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. They have both completed their Sports Leaders Award and learnt key life skills whilst on the course which has seen them overcome their low self-esteem and lack of confidence.”

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s employability programmes, call 01253 348691.

Job Vacancy: Senior Recruitment Officer

Job Advert and Job Description: Senior Recruitment Officer

Blackpool FC Community Trust has a very exciting opportunity for someone to join their senior team to manage the Trust’s recruitment of participants across a number of projects, including BTEC Education and the National Citizen Service. The post holder will also manage the organisation and delivery of the NCS project and staff associated.

Blackpool FC Community Trust, based at Bloomfield Road Stadium, continue to be the main delivery partner of NCS in Blackpool.

The NCS programme offers 16 and 17 years olds from different backgrounds the opportunity to build skills for future work and life. The scheme aims to bring young people together to develop greater confidence, self awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication. The skills learned through voluntary social action are widely documented to have a positive impact on the employability skills of a young person.

The Trust has also delivered BTEC Education for the past 6 years, in partnership with the EFL Trust, with market leading results and opportunities for 16-19 year olds to engage in Sports education with pathways into Football and Sports Coaching.

The Trust delivers Level 1, 2 and 3 courses for young people to gain a quality education and experience.

Main responsibilities include building and maintaining effective relationships with local schools, teachers, colleges and other youth led organisations, whilst bringing new and innovative ideas of engaging with young people to spread the word of Community Trust provision across Blackpool.

Click on the link at the top of the page to view the job description and job advert where you will find all the details on how to apply. 

Trust deliver 2017 EFL Trust Kids Cup

Blackpool FC Community Trust delivered its annual EFL Trust Kids Cup on Monday morning at Stanley Park, Blackpool. 

22 schools across Blackpool participated in the Kids Cup for the opportunity to win a trophy and to play at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 21st October.

St John’s Vianney and Norbreck Primary Academy were the last two teams standing following the group stages, quarter finals and semi finals. The pair will now grace the Bloomfield Road turf in the final of the EFL Trust Kids Cup.

The Trust’s Physical Education Team Leader, Chloe Hilton was delighted to see so many children and teachers enjoy their day whilst engaging in physical activity by playing football. Chloe said, “This year’s EFL Trust Kids Cup has been a fantastic success. We’ve had children across Blackpool come and get involved with a big smile on their faces. It’s something we really enjoy delivering each year and look forward to seeing everyone next year.” 

Hawes Side Primary School were one of many schools who participated in the Kids Cup and  Year 6 teacher Ben Burgess praised Blackpool FC Community Trust for their fantastic work in schools and within the community. Ben said, “The Kids Cup is a fantastic opportunity for children to get involved in a fun environment but also play competitively with other schools. We’ve had some excellent results today and the standard of football has been at a high standard.”

The winners from the final between St John Vianney’s and Norbreck Primary Academy will go on to represent Blackpool FC Community Trust in the League one north regional competition held at Rochdale United, where they will compete against other schools for a chance to play at Wembley.

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust, please contact 01253 348691

Blackpool FC Community Trust Writing Challenge

Get your pens at the ready and write a short story about anything you are passionate about!
In partnership with the Premier League Charitable Fund, the National Literacy Trust and the popular author Dan Freedman, Blackpool FC Community Trust are setting a writing challenge for pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6.
See below a short video of Dan himself, setting the challenge for you all!

The competition starts today (Monday 9th October) and closes on Thursday 26th October. Send your stories to your teacher who will send them to us at the Community Trust.
Winners will be announced after the October half-term and will get to meet Dan as well as having their story published in a book.
The school that has the highest percentage of pupils enter will also win a Primary Stars book box.
For more information about the competition contact us on 01253 348691

New Kicks Sessions Across Blackpool

Blackpool FC Community Trust is now delivering new physical activity sessions across Blackpool as part of our Premier League Kicks programme.

The Trust deliver Premier League Kicks to a range of young people aged from 7 to 19. Kicks gives participants the opportunity to engage in physical activities with our coaches and invites all people from all communities and backgrounds to get involved.

The Trust’s Senior Sports Participation Officer, Michael Brown overseas the Kicks programme and hopes to see children and young adults attend Kicks and keep active over autumn and winter. Michael said, “Our Premier League Kicks programme gives participants the opportunity to keep active and make friends by playing football. We have Kicks session across Blackpool and aim to increase physical activity participation within the local and wider community.”

See below for full Kicks Timetable:


NCS Summer Residential for Clifton Rangers Team

Clifton Rangers JFC under 16’s enjoyed an activity packed summer as part of Blackpool FC Community Trust’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.  Spending time away from home on a residential and supporting their local community, the Clifton players had a summer to remember whilst their club received £500 to help buy kit and equipment.

Spending their first week at Lockerbie Manor, the Clifton players participated in activities such as abseiling, paddle-boarding and canoeing before spending time to live independently, at Hothersall Lodge learning how to be self-sufficient, developing new skills and finding out more about the needs of the local community.  From there, the players planned and delivered a community project in their local area which included raising over £600 for local charities.

After the programme, Mark Arrowsmith, a parent of one of the players said, “The NCS staff have been a different class from start to finish – I definitely recommend NCS.”

Another parent, Jo Bibs, said, “Thanks to all the NCS staff for looking after our boys. They have made memories and have had a summer to remember after completing their exams.”

Following the NCS Summer residential, Clifton Rangers have subsequently had a fantastic start to the season, winning all of their opening league matches.  Manager Andy Clarkson said, “It’s really helped our lads as we’ve gone into the U18’s this season full of confidence. We had over ten lads attend the NCS residential and we were rewarded with a cheque for £500, which will go towards some new training equipment to help the lads develop.  I highly recommend any other U16 junior football teams or organisations to get your young people involved on the programme.”

The NCS club offer is available to all sports teams and voluntary organisations for more information on please contact the NCS team on 01253 348691 or email Selina.hayes@bfcct.co.uk.

Regional Award for Community Trust Degree Student

Degree student Ewan Mooney made the trip to Cardiff last week and was presented with an award for his Professional Practice whilst studying the first year of his degree.

Senior Education officer Mark Whalley has been impressed with Ewan’s commitment over the last academic year. “The sports and leisure industry is very competitive so the modern day graduate student needs to gain experience alongside the academic qualifications. Ewan has realised the importance of practical delivery and in turn has dedicated over 200 hours of volunteering on projects which the Community Trust deliver”.

The degree programme has over 150 first year students studying the course at clubs across the country. Ewan was nominated for the regional award by his club mentor and successfully beat nominees from other North West clubs.

“I was delighted and shocked to receive the award whilst I was on residential in Cardiff. I did not expect to be nominated, never mind win. There was a lot of competition from other clubs so to win was definitely a pleasant surprise”.

Mark then went on to add “The Professional Practice Award is given out to students who have gone above and beyond the academic requirements of the course. This not only shows dedication and a strong work ethic, but is a great example of time management skills, to juggle voluntary work around a full time degree, part time work, and challenges that Ewan has faced in his personal life”.

Ewan is studying a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development at the Community Trust, in partnership with the University of South Wales and the English Football League Trust. If you would like more information on any of our Education courses, please call the office on 01253 348 691.

Family Fun with Blackpool FC Community Trust

Blackpool FC Community Trust successfully delivered its Family Fun day last Saturday with over 600 people attending.

The Family Fun Day was held prior to Blackpool FC’s 3-1 victory over Oxford United. There was a variety of activities during the Family Fun Day including mega football, penalty shoot-outs, face painting and more.

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Marketing Officer Lauren Cholmondeley was delighted with how the event turned out. Lauren said, “The event was a huge success and we had over 600 people attend. Thank you to all the families who came along and took part. We hope you all had fun and can join us again next time.”

Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver regular events all year round. Take a look at our social media to keep up to date with all the latest information. Twitter – @BFC_CTrust, Facebook – Blackpool FC Community Trust, Instagram – BFCommunityTrust.

Take a look at the photo gallery from Saturday – https://www.facebook.com/pg/BFCCT/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1618776758142845

CEO Ashley Hackett scoops BIBA’s Business Person of the Year

Our very own CEO Ashley Hackett won the Business Person of the Year trophy at Friday’s BIBA’s awards.

The BIBA’s (The Be Inspired Business Awards), is Lancashire’s largest and longest running business awards programme and was held on Friday evening at Blackpool Tower.

The Business Person of the Year award was filled with strong nominees including Barrie Wells Trust, Gannon Oils and North West Skills Academy but it was Blackpool FC Community Trust’s CEO Ashley Hackett who took home the award.

Ashley was delighted with the accolade and praised everyone at Blackpool FC Community Trust for their continuous hard work and dedication. Ashley said, “Winning Business Person of the Year is a fantastic feeling. I want to thank all my staff for their fantastic support because this award would not have been possible without them.”

Ashley added, “We really care about building a better, healthier and safer community for Blackpool. The BIBA’s has been a really enjoyable experience, from the team nominating myself, to the interview processes and the awards evening itself. I’m still lost for words for my nomination, so winning this amazing accolade is a real highlight in my career so far. The award also highlights the fantastic work the whole team do and being a finalist for 3rd Sector Business of the year is also a great achievement.”

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust, contact www.blackpoolfccommunitytrust.co.uk