Trust giving young people a voice in facility development

Blackpool FC Community Trust will help to make their new Community and Education Facility more accessible for young people over the next three months after being awarded £9,960 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

The Trust, based at Bloomfield Road Stadium will work with young people to come up with detailed improvements that may include a gym, education facilities and activity spaces to help build connections and tackle loneliness.

Work is expected to be completed by March when the Community and Education centre will be used to host the Blackpool FC Community Trust education and employability pathways, health programmes and physical activity sessions, alongside various community sessions.

Any young people who want to be involved in designing improvements to the facility, should contact Blackpool FC Community Trust on 01253 348691 or email selina.hayes@bfcct.co.uk.

Funding is being delivered by the Co-op Foundation as part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, a partnership with government.

Selina Hayes, Blackpool FC Community Trust, said:

“Giving young people in Blackpool a chance to make a difference in their local community through voicing their ideas is so important in making sure we can make the best of this facility development.  Often young people feel like they don’t have a say, or do not feel like they are able to make a difference.  We cannot develop a facility to benefit young people without involving them in the process, it just wouldn’t work.  Hopefully this project will bring more young people together to make a difference to themselves and their community.”

Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:

“Spaces where young people can come together to enjoy shared interests are important for building connections and tackling youth loneliness. By involving young people in improving local spaces, we’re helping to increase their confidence and skills, while also building stronger, co-operative communities. We look forward to seeing the impact this funding has tackling youth loneliness across England.”

The Building Connections Fund is a partnership between government, Co-op Foundation the Big Lottery Fund to tackle loneliness and improve community connections. Co-op Foundation is delivering grants for all projects supported through the youth-specific strand.

This builds on funding awarded to more than 120 projects in December that included befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes.

 For more information or to request interviews with spokespeople, contact Selina Hayes 01253 348691.

 

Job Vacancy: Education Officer

Job Description – Education Officer

Due to the expansion of our Education and Employability programmes, Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking for a new member of staff to join our vibrant and forward-thinking organisation, which helps develop a range of opportunities for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to improve their lifestyles, education and health.

The Community Trust is an independent registered charity that is looking to add another member of staff to the very successful Education and Employability delivery team.

We are looking for an Education Officer who will deliver a high quality BTEC Sport programme and football coaching sessions as part of the Football Academy strand, aiming to inspire and motivate students, in accordance with the guidance and outcomes of the BTEC Sport Curriculum and funding providers expectations.

Please send your C.V and a covering letter to explain why you are suitable for this role to Selina Hayes by either of the following methods:

E-mail: jobs@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Selina Hayes, Head of Education, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Thursday 31st January 2019.

Interviews will take place week commencing 4th February 2019.  

Job Vacancy: Physical Education Officer

Job Description – Physical Education Officer

Due to the expansion of our Premier League Primary Stars programme, Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking for a new member of staff to join our vibrant and forward thinking organisation, which helps develop a range of opportunities for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to improve their lifestyles, education and health.

The Community Trust is an independent registered charity that is looking to add another member of staff to the very successful Primary Stars delivery team.

We are looking for a Physical Education Officer who will support and develop local primary school staff in delivering high-quality PE lessons, aiming to inspire and motivate school staff, in accordance with the guidance and outcomes of the PE and Sport Premium funding.  The role will also include enthusing young people to take part in regular physical activity.

Please send your C.V and a covering letter to explain why you are suitable for this role to Chris Debar by either of the following methods:

E-mail: jobs@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Chris Debar, Senior Physical Education Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 8th February 2019.

Successful candidates will be informed of their invitation to interview on Thursday 14thFebruary 2019, with interviews taking place week commencing 25th February 2019. 

Job Vacancy: Pastoral and Learning Mentor

 Job Description – Pastoral and Learning Mentor

Due to the expansion of our Education and Employability programmes, Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking for a new member of staff to join our vibrant and forward-thinking organisation, which helps develop a range of opportunities for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to improve their lifestyles, education and health.

The Community Trust is an independent registered charity that is looking to add another member of staff to the very successful Education and Employability delivery team.

We are looking for a Pastoral and Learning Mentor who will provide support to students across our education and employability programmes, aiming to inspire and motivate students academically, emotionally and socially.

Please send your C.V and a covering letter to explain why you are suitable for this role to Selina Hayes by either of the following methods:

E-mail: jobs@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Selina Hayes, Head of Education, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Thursday 31st January 2019.

Interviews will take place week commencing 4th February 2019.  

Success of the Traineeship Course

December saw the end of our first Traineeship course of the academic year.  The course began with 24 participants and finished with a total 16.  A number of the participants left the course to due to obtaining employment whilst being enrolled.  For example, one started as a trainee mechanic at Peugeot, another as a kitchen assistant in a hotel and the third working in a hotel behind the bar.

The remaining 16 took part in a series of interviews with the Pleasure Beach.  Eight of them have since been asked to go back to their recruitment open day in January.   This is a great success and shows how the course opens up many opportunities for the participants to take advantage of whilst on the course.

Whilst on the course, we support you as much as we can. For example, Jasmine has ambition to complete a degree in Media.  In order for her to gain some experience in this field, Jasmine worked along side some of our team members to produce a poster to promote our future Traineeship courses as well as creating videos using video software as well as capturing pictures.

The group also gained their first aid at work qualification with a number also passing their Maths and English Functional skills.

Our trainees have gained lots of life and work experiences at Ascent, Toyland, Skills Construction, Blackpool Zoo, The Carlton Best Western Hotel and Blackpool Reptile Room to name a few.

The next Traineeship course begins on Monday 4th Feb 2019.  Interested?  Contact Rick Bryan on 01253 348 691 or send an email to rick.bryan@bfcct.co.uk or colin.king@bfcct.co.uk for more information.

You can read more about our Traineeship course here.

Trust Provide Christmas Meal for Homeless and Socially Isolated

Blackpool FC Community Trust recently delivered its annual Christmas meal for the homeless and socially isolated where over 100 people attended and got involved in festive fun.

The event was organised in partnership between Blackpool Football Club, Street Life, Blackpool Veterans and St Peter’s Church.

CEO, Ashley Hackett, said “We wanted to give something back this Christmas and the group that always gets forgotten about, are people that live in isolation and the homeless. We decided to work with some great partners to put this Christmas meal on for these very important people, that normally may not get to enjoy a Turkey dinner. It was great to see people enjoy their day.”

Take a look at the video below to see what happened on the day 

 

New sessions starting in the New Year!

From January 2019 we have even more opportunities for you to get involved in.

FFIT

The Community Trust have a new FREE course of Football Fans in Training (FFIT) commencing Thursday 17th January.  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 sessions start at 6pm until 7:30pm and the group will be meeting at the main entrance, 15 minutes before the session.  Male participants, aged 35-65, are eligible to take part in this programme if they have a BMI of 28+ or a waist size of 38+ inches.  Interested?  This is a bookable course so if you wish to come along please call Nathan on 01253 348 691.

Want to get active?

Masters Football is a chance for 35+ year olds to continue playing 5-aside football in a social environment.  The sessions will take place outdoor on a Monday evening at: Playfootball Blackpool, Garstang Road West, FY3 7JH,  6pm – 7pm.

Walking Football Under 60’s

Blackpool FC Community Trust are launching a new Walking Football session open to anyone under the age of 60.  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.  This will, again, take place at Playfootball Blackpool at 6pm – 7pm.

Both sessions above will commence from Monday 7th January 2019.

In addition to our existing Walking Football provision we have a new Over 50’s session starting.  This will take place at Blackpool and the Fylde College, Ashfield Road, FY2 0HB, commencing; Wednesday 9th January, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, in the sports hall.  Can’t make that time?  We run more sessions every Monday and Thursday (excluding bank holidays), at PlayFootball:

Monday: 4.30pm-5.30pm

Thursday: 4.15pm-5.15pm

The sessions are £4 each.  For more information please contact Michael on 01253 348 691 or email michael.brown@bfcct.co.uk to find out when the next sessions take place.

Don’t worry ladies we haven’t forgotten you!  We have new sessions for you starting from February so keep a look out on our social media sites or our website: www.blackpoolfccommunitytrust.co.uk

For more information on any of these sessions or any other provision please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01253 348 691

Trust launch ‘Toddler Yoga’

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Tiny Tangerines programme is now offering ‘Toddler Yoga’ to local nurseries and pre-schools.

Toddler Yoga encourages young children to become aware of their own bodies and the physical space of themselves within the universe. It aids their co-ordination, through specific movements and exercises crossing the midline of the body. As well as the physical benefits to the yoga sessions there are also benefits for their emotional wellbeing, by developing the mind and awareness through relaxation techniques within their natural movements.

The Trust’s Early Years officer Danielle Beesley has been piloting the Toddler Yoga programme during Autumn term at St Nicholas Pre-School. Danielle said, “Yoga is well known for its ability to strengthen and increase flexibility of joints and muscles. As a toddler develops, this is key to them reaching their full potential.”

The provision included a variety of well-known children’s stories such as ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Monkey Puzzle’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.

The yoga poses are incorporated into the stories and the children used their imagination to become the characters from the stories. The children practiced breathing techniques to help encourage healthy self-regulation. The toddlers also took part in mini games during the sessions, allowing the children to make decisions and be creative.

For more information regarding the brand new yoga scheme please contact Blackpool FC Community Trust on 01253 348691.

Club and Community Trust Deeply Saddened By Passing of Reverend Michael Ward

Blackpool Football Club is deeply saddened to announce the passing of its Club Chaplain, Reverend Michael Ward.

A much-loved pillar of the community, Michael was a lifelong Blackpool supporter who became Club Chaplain in 2006, offering advice and guidance to all those who sought it.

A former vicar at St Peter’s Church, he was also a prominent trustee on the board of the Blackpool FC Community Trust, most recently becoming its Chairman.