St George’s Seal Enterprise Challenge Victory

St George’s High School to represent Blackpool FC Community Trust at Premier League Enterprise Challenge Play-Off

  • St George’s beat four other local schools in their Premier League Enterprise Challenge club heats
  • They will now represent Blackpool FC Community Trust at regional Play-Offs at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool in January

Pupils from St George’s High School have won the chance to represent Blackpool FC Community Trust at this year’s Premier League Enterprise Challenge Play-Offs having beaten four other local schools to the opportunity.

St George’s won the club heat and will represent Blackpool FC Community Trust at Anfield

The Premier League Enterprise Challenge, is the national competition element of the Premier League’s enterprise programme which began in 2009 and which is run in partnership with Sport Relief. The Challenge sees Year 9 and 10 students set a football business-related task by Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore, which this season asked groups to come up with initiatives to encourage diversity and make going to a match the most enjoyable experience.

32 Premier League and English Football League clubs have entered this year’s Challenge and will be represented at six Play-Off events in January with the Blackpool FC Community Trust team Play-Off taking place at Liverpool FC’s Stadium, Anfield.

Mia, 14, from St George’s High School said, “I’m delighted that our team has been selected to progress to the next round of the Enterprise Challenge. It’s been a fantastic experience and I feel likeI’ve added to my skillset as I feel more confident and feel like I can work better in a team.

 Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive for Blackpool FC Community Trust said, “The Premier League Enterprise Challenge club heat is one of my favourite events of the year. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to get involved. It’s not often you get a challenge from Richard Scuadmore from the Premier League and to carry out an event using your entrepreneurial skills is something the pupils have been doing. We had some fantastic ideas presented to me and the other two judges and it was hard to decide a winner because the competition was that good. But St George’s stood out to the judges and I wish them well at the regional heat at Anfield. We’ve been fortunate enough to win this competition at the national level on two separate occasions, so it’s a competition we hold very close to our hearts.”

For more information on our Enterprise programme, contact us on 01253 348691

Extra Time Participants Enjoy Christmas Meal

Blackpool FC Community Trust treated its Extra Time participants to a special Christmas meal at Rowley’s Bistro yesterday afternoon.

The Extra Time programme is for over 55s with sessions taking place every Monday afternoon, 1-3pm, at the Seasiders Bar at Blackpool Football Club. The programme is an excellent opportunity for the participants to make friends and keep active.

The group is needs led and participants have an input on the activities they would like to be available during the sessions. Afternoons can include chair based exercise, dominoes, quizzes, trips, country themed afternoons, or simply coffee and a chat.

Senior Sports Participation Officer, Michael Brown hopes the participants enjoyed their day and meal. Michael said, “Our Extra Time sessions are delivered every Monday and it’s great to see the participants have a Christmas meal and relax. It’s another great opportunity for them to meet up and keep socially interacted.”

Extra Time participant Margaret Unwin praised the impact Extra Time has had on her life. Margaret said, “It’s been a special day. I’ve been coming to these sessions for a few years and it’s a fantastic opportunity to make friends. The Christmas meal was delicious and it was brilliant to spend the day with Blackpool FC Community Trust and my friends at Extra Time.”

For more information on Extra Time, please visit

Trust’s Futsal Tournament A Great Success

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s annual secondary school Futsal tournament took place at Stanley Park on Thursday 8th December. Over 70 pupils from Years 10 and 11 across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast took part in the EFL Trust area Futsal finals.

Three teams from Montgomery, two teams from South Shore, two teams from St Mary’s and one from Lytham St Anne’s (LSA) participated in the finals.

LSA qualified as group winners from Group A undefeated with Montgomery B qualifying as runners up. Montgomary A were winners from Group B and Motgomery C qualified as runners up. LSA went on to beat Montgomery C despite a good performance from their opponents.  A thrilling 5-5 match in the other semi-final saw Montgomery A go through to the final after they were successful on penalties against Montgomery B.

Montgomery A took an early lead in the final against LSA after an error at the back saw Montgomery score directly from a free kick. LSA quickly responded with two quick goals to knock the confidence from the Montgomery boys after a bright start. LSA extended their lead mid-way through the first half with a further goal on the break. Montgomery came back again to claw one back despite the opposition enjoying most of the possession. Late on, LSA added two further goals with the final score ending 5-2.

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Football Development Officer Alex Taylor said, “I was pleased to see such healthy competition from the students during this year’s competition. We had players with Academy experience, players from local grass roots clubs or those that just play games for the school which was great to see.”

Alex added, “We had some great goals and some exciting attacking futsal being played. I hope those that enjoyed tonight, will continue to play futsal and see both the technical and tactical benefits the game gives you.”

Did you know, Blackpool FC Community Trust run a Futsal development session at Stanley Park, Blackpool Sports Centre on a Thursday 5.30-6.30pm? If you’re 14-16 years old and would like to get involved contact blackpool FC Community Trust on 01253 348691.

NCS Deemed a Great Success

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s NCS programme proved to be a massive success with Blackpool and Fylde College’s BTEC Public Services and BTEC Business classes.

Blackpool FC Community Trust run the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme which consists of a residential and social action project including both planning and delivery.

The Public Services group made their way to Kepplewray in the Lakes whilst the Business class were in Scotland as part of their residentials.

Both groups took part in a wide range of activities whilst being on residential including rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, archery, canoeing and cave walking.

Following the three day residential, both classes then took part in the next phase of NCS – planning of social action project. This is where they get to know about the community and what goes on inside of it. The young people also had to choose a charity to raise funds for them. Following the planning of the social action project came the delivery of their social action project. 

Social Inclusion Officer Dave Marsland praised the efforts from everyone involved at Blackpool and Fylde College throughout NCS. Dave said, “Throughout the 3 phases of the NCS course, the young people have challenged themselves by going out of their comfort zone on the residential, they have also gained inspiration from each other and their leaders. The course promotes increased independence at this stage of their lives where they are making the transition into adulthood. The young people also gained first aid skills from St John Ambulance and took part in a Wasted Lives car safety course.”

Dave added, “By improving their confidence and communication skills through the social mix, the young people were able to take on board a greater community responsibility by planning and engaging in social action projects. The two charities supported in these recent NCS waves were Women’s Aid and Not Forgotten, where money and awareness was raised.”

We are now recruiting NCS Summer 2018. For more information on NCS, call us on 01253 348691.

Better Start Fit2Go Dates Confirmed for 2018

Blackpool FC Community Trust are delighted to announce that Better Start Fit2Go will be returning in January.

Better Start Fit2Go is a healthy lifestyles programme designed to motivate families across Blackpool to improve their knowledge of healthy eating, physical activity and oral health.

Better Start Fit2Go sessions are free and are aimed at parents/carers and their children aged four and under. The programme will see parents/carers pick up advice on how they can implement skills they have learnt on the programme.

This advice covers topics such as label reading, meal planning and portion sizes and providing ideas of fun physical activities to try at home and how families can lower their sugar and fat intakes.

The programme is activity based and the information is delivered through interactive sessions in a fun safe environment. Sessions are available for adults to attend with or without their child.

Programmes are timetabled in at local children centres and community groups in locations across Blackpool. We can also deliver Better Start Fit2Go in your nursery setting.


Tuesday 23rd January – Kincraig Children Centre – 9.30am – 11am

Wednesday 24th January – Westminster Children Centre – 10am – 11am

Thursday 25th January – Talbot and Brunswick Children Centre – 1pm – 2pm

Friday 26th January – Grange Park Children Centre – 10.30am – 11.30am

These sessions are running for three weeks.

For more information on our Better Start Fit2Go programme and Blackpool FC Community Trust, contact Rosie 01253 348691 or visit

A Write Result

160 primary school pupils from across Blackpool were treated to a special visit from author of the Jamie Johnson series Dan Freedman, who inspired pupils with an insight in to his life as an author.

Working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and the Premier League Charitable Fund, Blackpool FC Community Trust were able to bring Dan to Blackpool as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

Primary Stars aims to boost and improve pupils attainment within P.E, PSHE, English and Maths through the power of football and sport, as well as providing free teaching resources to all primary school teachers in England in these four subjects. The Community Trust offer this to all Blackpool and Fylde primary schools.

Earlier this year the Community Trust, with the help of Dan, set all year 4,5 and 6 pupils in Blackpool a writing challenge; to write a story about their passion with a limit of 366 words.

Over 560 primary pupils entered, providing the Community Trust a variety of stories ranging from stories about unicorns to forgetful teachers to talking toilets.

10 winners were chosen based on their ability to write creatively whilst using powerful verbs, metaphors and connectives. These pupils were VIP guests to the event and had the opportunity to read their stories to Dan.

Chris Debar, the Senior Physical Education Officer within the Community Trust said “We had such an amazing response to our writing challenge. It’s the first time we’ve ever arranged a competition like this and to receive so many entries shows the strong working relationship we have in our local primary schools. The stories were a pleasure to read and picking the 10 winners was a tough decision”.

After listening to the pupils read out their stories, Dan was left impressed. “The quality of the writing was nothing short of phenomenal. The pupils are well ahead of where I was at their age and I have genuine hopes that one or two of them could go on to be published authors themselves in the future.

It was a remarkable end to an incredible day which I’ll remember for a very long time to come”.

Dan was so impressed with the quality of the winning stories that he has decided to publish two of them on his personal website.

During the event Dan delivered an interactive assembly to 150 pupils, speaking about his passion for football, how he became an author and answering various questions from the attending pupils. These pupils in attendance were fortunate enough to be given a free copy of Dan’s book ‘Born to Play’, which went down extremely well with the pupils.

Laura, from Saint Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy, won a signed Nike football for asking the most interesting question. When thinking about the experience she had, Laura said, ”The assembly with Dan was really inspiring and it made me believe that my dream of being an author can be accomplished. The blurb of ‘Born to Play’ really hooked me in to reading the book and I can’t wait to get started.”

Daniel, also a pupil from Saint Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy was also inspired to read as a result of attending the event. “I had a fun time meeting Dan and enjoyed the day. I’m looking forward to reading my new book. Thank you Dan for giving it to me”.

There is still an opportunity for pupils to enter a different writing competition through the Primary Stars programme. ‘Writing Stars’ is a national competition that gives pupils the opportunity to write a poem based on the theme of resilience and inspired by the poem ‘Try, Try Again’, as advertised in the Premier League Primary Stars TV advert. To find out how to enter parents and schools can go to .

Futsal team top Group C with emphatic performances

Blackpool FC Community Trust Futsal team took part in the annual EFL Trust First Round North Futsal tournament at York University this afternoon. They were drawn in Group C against Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

Blackpool took on Sheffield Wednesday in the first group game looking to get off to a positive start. The game was an intense and nervy start for both teams who struggled to keep good possession. It was the Seasiders who came out on top with two goals from Lewis Hogg and one from Richard Wilkinson to seal a 3-0 victory.

Blackpool’s next fixture was against Mansfield Town, who had picked up a point against Scunthorpe in their opening fixture. The Seasiders dominated the game with lots of chances and ran out comfortable winners to seal a 4-1 victory with two goals each from Jack Smith and Luke Davison.

Blackpool’s last game in the group was against Scunthorpe United. Scunthorpe were last last year’s National League 1 Champions in the EFL Trust programme and would be Blackpool’s toughest opponents in the group. Blackpool came from 2 goals behind to win the game 3-2 with goals from Adam Cardwell, Lewis Hogg and Richard Wilkinson.

Blackpool qualified as group winners with three wins from three and move onto the second round group stages in the new year. They will compete against national EFL Trust clubs in Birmingham.

The Trust’s Football Development Officer Alex Taylor said, “It’s a great start to the cup competition that Blackpool FC Community Trust have a good reputation in. The students produced some really entertaining Futsal as well as tactically understanding the game when we needed to.”

Calling all Year 11’s – Next steps?

If you’re leaving school this year and interested in studying with Blackpool FC Community Trust whilst playing Futsal? Contact 01253 348691. You can also attend our free Futsal trial sessions at Blackpool Sports Centre on Thursday evenings 5.30-6.30pm.

Blackpool finished top of Group C

Trust Set Up Gym Opportunities for 14-19 year olds

Blackpool FC Community Trust will be delivering a new project working with 14-19 year olds from the Revoe ward at The Brunswick Gym.

Working in partnership with The Brunswick Gym and Revoelution, the project will see Blackpool FC Community Trust provide a free gym membership as well as mentoring and assisting the 14-19 year olds.

The Trust will be at The Brunswick gym every Monday and Wednesday from 4pm until 6pm. The project will run on until the end of the current year.

The 14-19 year olds will receive free mentoring and support from fully qualified members of staff at the Trust.

Senior Sports Participation Officer Michael Brown, believes it’s a fantastic opportunity for any 14-19 year olds from Revoe, to start a healthy lifestyle. Michael said, “We are offering support and advice to the young people who want to get involved or start a new healthy lifestyle. Brunswick Gym has fantastic equipment and facilities. I highly recommend any 14-19 year olds across Revoe to get in touch and make the most of this opportunity.” 

The Brunswick Gym owner, Steve Hunter encourages the children in the Revoe area to get involved in this fantastic opportunity. Steve said, “It’s a fantastic chance for any 14-19 year olds to use the excellent facilities we have at the gym. It’s a chance for children to stay off the streets and keep healthy and active.”

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

BTEC Open Evening: Tuesday 7th November

Blackpool FC Community Trust will be running a BTEC Open Evening tonight at our Community Trust Office.

The BTEC Open Evening is an opportunity for potential students and parents to find out about our fantastic BTEC in Sport Level 1, 2 and 3 courses.

The Trust offer education programmes for students to become more employable through BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 as well as Foundation Degree courses. In 2016/17, Blackpool FC Community Trust had 48 students enrolled on to our courses. The 48 students completed the year with 100% achievement on BTEC, with 94% reaching their targeted grades.

Our BTEC in Sport courses offers two different pathways for students – BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 in Football Academy or BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 in Coaching Academy.

Senior Education Officer Mark Whalley, believes the BTEC in Sport courses available at Blackpool FC Community Trust provide a fantastic route for students who want to have a career in sports. “BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 in Sport offers the chance for students study a wide range of sporting units which provides them with an insight to the careers available within the sporting industry. Alongside their studies, students can take part in two practical pathways – Football Academy, training three times a week and playing in competitive matches every Wednesday. Alternatively, students can take part on our Coaching Academy, for those wishing to pursue a career as a sports coach or as a P.E teacher.”

Open Evening Event Details:

Date: Tuesday 7th November

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Blackpool FC Community Trust Office’s (Seasiders Way, Blackpool FY1 6JJ)

Blackpool FC Players visit Sports Camps

A host of Blackpool FC first team players visited Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Sports Camps yesterday afternoon.

Ben Williams, Ollie Turton, Danny Philliskirk, Caleb Richards and Sessi D’Almeida all surprised the children at our Hawes Side and Unity Sports Camp.

Blackpool FC Community Trust run Sports Camps across Blackpool for children aged 5-14. The Trust deliver daily football sessions as well as multi-sport activities such as handball, netball, dodgeball, arts and crafts, quick cricket, rounders and basketball.

Blackpool FC striker Danny Philliskirk was full of praise towards the Trust’s Sports Camps. Danny said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for children to come and get involved in fun activities and meet new friends from other schools. Me and the lads have really enjoyed coming to see the children and get involved in some of the activities.”

Blackpool FC Community Trust Sports Camp Coordinator, Marc Joseph said, “Having the players come along to see the children always fills the camps with excitement. We deliver the camps from 8am until 5pm during school holidays and try to fill the days with as many different activities as possible, so getting the first team to come along and get involved always adds something a bit different and special.”

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