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.

BTEC in Sport student takes part in EFL Trust All Stars Event

BTEC in Sport student Luke Harris travelled to St. Georges Park, Home of the England National team to represent Blackpool FC Community Trust in the EFL Trust All Stars Futsal event 2018.

Luke had been selected in the first ever EFL Trust’s All Stars Futsal event for outstanding performances in Blackpool FC Community Trust’s A team. Students from Blackpool FC Community Trust take part in the North West Futsal Development League on a fortnightly basis as part of the practical element of the BTEC course.
Luke joined up with other selected players from EFL Trust clubs in the North to train in the morning and take part in a tournament against the Midlands, the South East and South West of England inside the state of the art indoor Futsal arena.

The North All Stars first game saw them take on the Midlands All Stars which they won 2-0. Luke assisted the first goal with a great cut back to the back post and he sealed the win with a delightful chip.

The North’s second game was against the South East All Stars. They had to come from a goal behind to win 2-1 scoring both goals in the final 2 minutes. Luke again had a hand in the equalising goal.

The North’s final game was against the South West All Stars who were currently 2nd in the group after losing their first game against the South East but running out convincing winners in their second game. A draw or a narrow defeat would mean the North would win the tournament.

Things didn’t quite go to plan for the North as they lost 2-0. A close game but a deserved victory for the South West. This meant that both the North, South West and the South East all finished on 6 points. The South West had a better goal difference and were crowned as this years winners of the EFL Trust Futsal All Stars event.

Football Development Officer Alex Taylor said, “It was a fantastic event ran by the EFL Trust. Luke was a credit to the Community Trust, he represented us very well. He was very pleased to be invited and looked very comfortable at that level.”
Alex added, “It just shows we are doing the right things in developing our students in all areas of the game and as young adults.”

For more information on our BTEC in Sport programme, call 01253 348691.

EFL Day of Action A Great Success

Blackpool FC Community Trust teamed up with Fleetwood Town Community Trust to promote and raise awareness of positive mental health as part of EFL’s Community Day of Action.

The two Trust’s teamed up on Tuesday afternoon and organised a football game from their respective mental health programmes with Blackpool FC Community Trust delivering Get Set to Go and Fleetwood Town Community Trust running CSI Football.

Get Set to Go focuses on breaking down social barriers for the young adults whereas CSI Football is all about raising awareness for substance misuse.

Supporting the event was Blackpool FC manager Gary Bowyer and midfielder Jim McAlister who both talked about the importance of mental health. Gary said, “Talking about mental health is the first step and then programmes like this (Get Set To Go and CSI Football), gets the adults engaged. Blackpool FC Community Trust do a fantastic job and I’m happy to support this day and other events the Trust run.”

Jim McAlister talked about how the staff, coaches and players at Blackpool FC kept him going whilst being injured. Jim said, “I’ve been injured for the best part of 12 months so it’s important that you keep positive mental health. It can be frustrating but ultimately it’s important you talk to someone.”

Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver Get Set To Go every Tuesday from Stanley Park at 12.15pm and it’s free to get involved. For more information, visit or call 01253 348691.

Job Vacancy: Health Officer

Click here to view the job description of the Health Officer 

Job title Health Officer Department Blackpool FC Community Trust
Position and

reporting line

Head of Sport Salary Band 2 – (S.C.P. 5-8) £18,231 – £21,105
Closing date 5pm. Friday 20th April 2018 Interview date Monday 30th April 2018
How to apply


Please forward a covering letter and CV detailing how you meet the person specification, to or post it to: Blackpool FC Community Trust, F.A.O. Jason White, Head of Sport, Bloomfield Road Stadium, Seasiders Way, Blackpool. FY1 6JJ.
This job will be subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS procedures.
Purpose of role




The successful candidate will join the very successful health team at Blackpool FC  Community Trust and deliver specific areas of the Fit2Go health initiative in Blackpool.

The post holder will coordinate and deliver the Community Trust’s Family Fit2Go, Better Start Fit2Go and FitFans programmes.

The Family Fit2Go project works with local schools, community groups and the wider community to engage parents/carers and their children in a project focused on sharing information on how the whole household can live a healthy lifestyle, whilst the Better Start Fit2Go project focuses on seven key wards in Blackpool to work with parents and their children (aged between 1-4 years of age) to give them the best and healthiest start to life.

The post holder will also work closely on the Community Trust’s new offer of weight management and healthy activities for adults, as part of the new FitFans project.

Key Tasks








·      Coordinate and deliver physical activity in the local community to get people more active and involved in regular sporting and health related activities.

·      Deliver a range of healthy lifestyle workshops to local residents from different backgrounds and age groups.

·      Work with Blackpool Better Start and Children in Need to engage children and their families aged 1-4 years old in healthy activity and workshops.

·      Work with local families to support hem to live healthy lives.


Project Management

·      To support the preparation of reports on all activities and document progress against KPIs for line manager, Trustees, and funding partners.

·      To ensure monitoring and evaluations of all Physical Activity and Health projects is on track and up to date.

·      Design, manage and evaluate projects and maintain strong relationships with partner organisations.


Working in Partnership

·      To build and maintain relationships with local schools and community groups.

·      To create and maintain Service Level Agreements with external providers.



·      To perform other duties as reasonably assigned or under the authority of the senior management team.

·      To work first team home matches when required, evenings and weekends.

·      Promotion of a healthy lifestyle throughout all areas of the Trust delivery.

·      Develop and maintain effective working relationships across whole delivery team.


Essential Skills ·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·      Ability to think clearly, creatively, and imaginatively.

·      Positive attitude and strong focus on teamwork.

·      Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with a wide range of people and in a variety of formats and styles.

·      Ability to support young people and adults and maintain positive relationships with them.

·      Focused on achievement, targets, and continuous improvement.

·      A high degree of flexibility and confidentially is needed.

·      Have skill to plan and organise information.

·      Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

·      Ability to work on own initiative.

·      Competent IT skills.



·      Full driving license and the use of a vehicle.

·      Five GCSEs at grade C or above.

·      FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football or another Sport.

·      Full UK Driving License.

·      First Aid.



·      Knowledge of Sport development organisations and pathways from engagement to participation.

·      Clear understanding of the Football Community Trust framework and Blackpool FC Community Trust operations.

·      Knowledge of sport and physical activity delivered in the local community.

·      Knowledge and understanding of healthy lifestyle provision.



·      Organising groups based on development plans.

·      Experience of developing health related, community based activities.

·      Monitoring and evaluation of programmes.

·      Achieving set targets and outputs.

·      Delivering sports / football sessions to a wide range of audiences, age groups and community settings.

·      Experience delivering classroom style workshops to a wide range of audiences.


Other Comments – the job holder:

·      Must keep up to date with new methods, strategies and programmes around Physical Activity and Health and undertake any necessary internal or external training in accordance with company procedure/policies.

·      Will be required to demonstrate positive attitudes and values towards others and work in a non-discriminatory way.


Desirable Skills
  • Experience of working in schools and communities.
  • Previous experience working at a football Club Trust / Foundation.

·      Relevant Degree Level Qualification or equivalent experience.

  Blackpool FC Community Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This role involves the supervision of and work with children and young people or vulnerable adults and therefore you will require an Enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and clearance for work in football by The FA.  As such, this post is exempt for the rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and the applicant must disclose all previous convictions including spent convictions.


As Blackpool FC Community Trust is a diverse organisation that respects differences in race, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, background or personal circumstance we welcome all applications.  We want everyone to feel valued and included within the organisation in order to achieve their full potential.  Blackpool FC Community Trust is opposed to any form of discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.

Family Fun Day Taking Place in April

Blackpool FC Community Trust will be running a Family Fun Day on Saturday 14th April.

The Family Fun Day is completely free of charge and will be held prior to the home match against Fleetwood Town FC from 11.00am until 2.30pm.

There will be a variety of activities for all age groups including mega football, penalty shoot-outs, face painting and more.

Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, Ashley Hackett is looking forward to the Family Fun Day following the success of last year. Ashley said, “Last year was a great success and we had over 600 adults and children attend. It really is a fantastic day out for all ages. We look forward to seeing you all there.”

Activities will take place on the car park behind the North Stand at Bloomfield Road. Free child and adults tickets are available for the Blackpool FC and Fleetwood Town FC game if you book your place with us before the event (to be used by a named child and one accompanying adult).

To be eligible for a free ticket, your child must attend a school in Blackpool.

For more information, visit or call 01253 348691

Highlights from last year’s Family Fun Day

Our Junior Amputees Meet Blackpool FC players

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s junior amputee team met the first-team squad and manager at Saturday’s fixture against Southend United. 

The junior amputees, who made history by competing in the first ever Junior League Cup, hosted by the England Amputee Football Association last month, were invited to the match by Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer, who had read about their achievements.

Having met the first-team squad prior to kick-off, the boys also led the side out at Bloomfield Road and took penalties against Bloomfield Bear.

The visit coincided with the 2018 Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action, which aim to celebrate access and inclusion for disabled sports fans across England and Wales.

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Inclusion Officer Owen Coyle praised the players for their interaction with the amputees. Owen said, “The players were fantastic and made the amputees feel very welcome. The amputees asked a variety of questions to the players and posed for pictures.”

Blackpool FC manager Gary Bowyer said, “It was fantastic having the junior amputees with us. They are a credit to Blackpool FC and The Community Trust and we will look forward to seeing them again in the very near future.”

Meanwhile Blackpool FC Community Trust is delivering its Easter Half-Term Sports Camps for children aged 5-14 across Blackpool. For more information on the Trust’s Sports Camps and Blackpool FC Community Trust, visit or call 01253 348691.

Community Trust announce new partnership initiative with The Royal British Legion aimed at supporting older veterans

Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that there is a need for more social opportunities for ex-servicemen and women in the Blackpool and Fylde area. Through funding from The Royal British Legion (TRBL), we are delighted therefore to announce news of two new social groups that will be aimed at veteran (aged 50+) servicemen and women. This follows on from our recently launched Sporting Memories programme, which is aimed at older (50+) sports fans.  Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive at Blackpool FC Community Trust explains that “the aspiration is that these fun groups will be an opportunity where like-minded people with similar interests and backgrounds can meet up, share stories, make new contacts / acquaintances, and hopefully be less socially isolated.”


  • Monthly Veterans Club at Bloomfield Road. Last Tuesday of every month, 1.30-3pm (Starts March 27th)
  • Weekly Veterans Club at Teanlowe Centre, FY6 7A every Wednesday from 1.30-3pm (Starts April 4th)
  • Weekly Sporting Memories group at Bloomfield Road, every Thursday from 1pm – 2:30pm


Alison Bunn, Area Manager for the Royal British Legion, said: “Many people don’t realise that we fund other organisations to fill gaps in services to the Armed Forces Community, but RBL gives a significant amount to support local projects. Blackpool FC Community Trust’s project will help us to support older veterans and their families by bringing people together.  This can combat social isolation and help to build confidence while linking participants into other positive activities.  It also means that we can identify those who are not accessing other support services but may need additional support – through projects like this we can help even more veterans and their families.”


If anyone would like to learn more about the Blackpool FC Community Trust projects please email or telephone 01253 348691.