Traineeship Student works with Brian Rose as part of placement

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship programme is well underway with 20 students enrolling on to the course.

The 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 16-23 and who are not currently in education, employment or training.

As part of the Traineeship course, students receive work placements to help boost their employability skills and knowledge.

Harry Gayton, 16, has started his work placement with Blackpool FC Community Trust Ambassador Brian Rose at his local boxing gym. Harry helps Brian with day to day jobs as well as assisting Brian with personal training sessions. 

Brian Rose, who is a former English, British and WBO intercontinental champion is delighted with the progress Harry has made since starting at the gym. Brian said, “He’s the best trainee I’ve ever had. His enthusiasm and commitment is brilliant and he’s always asking for something to do. He’s a great lad.”

Harry admitted working with Brian Rose is daunting having followed him as a fan for so many years. Harry said, “As a local lad, working with Brian is a dream come true. He’s even started training me the basics of boxing and it’s something I’m really enjoying.”

Harry added, “The Traineeship course has given me the direction I needed. It’s teaching me so many important life skills and now I’m with Brian Rose on placement learning how a professional gym is managed as well as working with a professional boxer.”

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship programme, call (01253) 348691.

Job Vacancy: Head of Sport

Click here: Job Advert/Job Description – Head of Sport

Blackpool FC Community Trust is the charitable arm of Blackpool FC, delivered as a separate organisation, in partnership, with a focus on engaging, developing, inspiring and supporting the people of Blackpool to live better lives.

The Head of Sport post is a very exciting opportunity for an individual to support the Community Trust in the next phase of development, to enhance the current offers available whilst leading on new developments.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the post holder will be appointed to oversee the Community Trust’s Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health areas of work, to support delivery, enhance provision and develop new opportunities for people in Blackpool to live better lives.

Projects including Premier League Primary Stars, Premier League Kicks, Every Player Counts, Fit2Go, Sports Camps and Tiny Tangerines will be main features of this posts area of work.

The post will also develop and oversee a new marketing strategy and take a lead of event management for the organisation.

The post holder will be expected to develop, and deliver, with numerous partners, the Physical Activity and Health areas of the Trust’s corporate Strategy.

You will be expected to develop existing and new partnerships with key agencies from across Blackpool and the Fylde areas whilst building strong working relationships with, Blackpool and Fylde Councils, Blackpool and Fylde Schools, The Premier League, The English Football League Trust, The Professional Footballers’ Association and the County FA amongst others.
How to apply:
Please forward a covering letter and CV detailing how you meet the person specification, to Ashley Hackett on jobs@bfcct.co.uk or post it to: Bloomfield Road Stadium, Seasiders Way, Blackpool. FY1 6JJ.
F.A.O. Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust.

Please note that the job will be subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS procedures.

Job Vacancy: Head of Education

Click here: Job Advert/Job Description – Head of Education

Blackpool FC Community Trust is the charitable arm of Blackpool FC, delivered as a separate organisation, in partnership, with a focus on engaging, developing, inspiring and supporting the people of Blackpool to live better lives.

The Head of Education post is a very exciting opportunity for an individual to support the Community Trust in the next phase of development, to enhance the current offers available whilst leading on new developments.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the post holder will be appointed to oversee the Community Trust’s Education and Community Inclusion areas of work, to support delivery, enhance provision and develop new opportunities for people in Blackpool to live better lives.

Projects including BTEC Education, Foundation Degree, Premier League Enterprise, Reading the Game, The National Citizen Service, Traineeships and KickStart will be main features of this posts area of work.

The post will also develop and oversee a new recruitment strategy for our education projects and take a lead on safeguarding for the organisation.

The post holder will be expected to develop, and deliver, with numerous partners, the Education and Community Inclusion areas of the Trust’s corporate Strategy.

You will be expected to develop existing and new partnerships with key agencies from across Blackpool and the Fylde areas whilst building strong working relationships with, Blackpool and Fylde Councils, Blackpool and Fylde Schools, The Premier League, The English Football League Trust, The Professional Footballers’ Association and the County FA amongst others.
How to apply:
Please forward a covering letter and CV detailing how you meet the person specification, to Ashley Hackett on jobs@bfcct.co.uk or post it to: Bloomfield Road Stadium, Seasiders Way, Blackpool. FY1 6JJ.
F.A.O. Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust.

Please note that the job will be subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS procedures.

Summer Sports Camps are well underway

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Summer Sports Camps are well underway.

The Camps are being held at Hawes Side Academy, Marton Academy and Norbreck Primary School.

The Trust offer qualified coaching in a fun, safe and supportive environment at an affordable price. We deliver daily football sessions as well as multi-sport activities such as handball, netball, dodgeball, SAQ (Speed, Agility & Quickness), quick cricket, rounders and basketball. There are also weekly competitions to win prizes as well as meeting Blackpool FC first team players.

Blackpool FC Community Trust prides itself on delivering the best Holiday Sports Camps available. With consistent high numbers at our Sports Camps, we advise parents/guardians to book on as soon as possible.

Emma Collinson booked her son on the Summer Holiday Sports Camps last year and she could not be happier with the Sports Camps. Emma said: “I just wanted to say my son has loved summer this year because of the Holiday Sports Camps. The staff were amazing and always happy. They did an amazing job and my son loved it. The Community Trust has allowed me to work without the worry of him being bored or unhappy. Brilliant value for money.”

Camps will be running on until the end of the Summer holidays and Sports Camp co-ordinator Marc Joseph believes parents should book their children in advance due to the high volume of children attending. Marc said, “Children absolutely love Camps. It’s brilliant to see and the numbers are consistently growing. We recommend parents to book in advance at our Hawes Side Camp as we have a maximum of 60 children allowed but our other Camps (Marton and Norbreck) have no limit.”

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

My Kicks Story: Amjad Diab

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Kicks programme has been attracting participants from across the world.

That’s the case for young Amjad Diab who has been a regular Kicks participant over the last six months because of his love for football.

Amjad Diab, 12 is a refugee from Syria and migrated to England nine months ago with his family.

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Kicks programme is delivered across Blackpool on a daily basis by our qualified coaches and is an opportunity for 7-19 year olds to play football in a safe and fun environment.

Amjad, along with his brothers and cousins, regularly attend Kicks sessions at Sports Barn and Claremont Park.

Harry Gayton, 16, who has been attending Kicks for a number of years was full of praise towards to Amjad. Harry said, “When Amjad first came to play football with us at Kicks, he struggled to get involved because he couldn’t speak English very well. But we all welcomed him and his family to Kicks and now they are all an integral part of the local community. He’s also a great little player and he will do well.”

Amjad praised the Kicks programme for giving him the opportunity to meet new friends despite not being able to speak English fluently. Amjad said, “I played football every Sunday in Syria but it wasn’t always safe to play. I can play football at Kicks and I know I’m completely safe. The people here are nice to me.”

For more information on Kicks, please contact (01253 348691)

JOB VACANCY: Physical Education Officer

Click here:-Job Description – Physical Education Officer

Due to the expansion of our Premier League Primary Stars programme, Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking for two new members 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 two Physical Education Officers who will support 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: chrisct@blackpoolfc.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 11th August 2017, with interviews taking place on Wednesday 16th August 2017. 

 

Blackpool FC Community Trust Host Annual Awards Evening

Blackpool FC Community Trust hosted its annual awards evening last Thursday at Bloomfield Road.

The awards were an opportunity for the Trust to celebrate all the brilliant work it does within the local and wider Blackpool community.

The Trust provides a wide range of opportunities for people to increase social inclusion and education; improve physical fitness and health; and lessen involvement in negative activities and anti-social behaviour.

15 awards were up for grabs on the night, where over 250 people attended.

The Trust’s Communications Officer Manvir Rai believes the night was a fantastic success. “It was great to have over 250 people celebrate and recognise the fantastic work Blackpool FC Community Trust do a regular basis. It was an opportunity for people to find out how they can get involved with the Trust through the different programmes we deliver.

List of winners:

Marc Joseph wins Employee of the Year

Blackpool FC Community Trust Employee of the Year: Marc Joseph

“It’s a great feeling to have won Employee of the Year. All t
he staff here at the Trust are worthy of this award because everyone is dedicated to making the Blackpool community a better place for all.”

Blackpool FC Community Trust Newcomer of the Year: Michael Brown

“I’m delighted to have won this award. It’s a brilliant place to work and I’m looking forward to the future with The Trust.”

Jack King wins BTEC Student of the Year

BTEC Student of the Year: Jack King

“It’s quite good to be recognised for all the work I’ve done over the academic year. I suppose it makes me feel quite proud.”

BTEC Most Improved Student: Dominic Moore

“I just want to thank Blackpool FC Community Trust for giving me the opportunity to improve myself in every way possible. As a student I’ve developed but also as a person.”

BTEC Most Improved Football Player: Jack Smith

“I’ve developed massively as a player and I’m excited to learn more things next season.”

BTEC Football Player of the Year: Matty Graffin

“To be recognised as Player of the Year gives me great pride because there are some fantastic players here. I just want to thank Alex and all the Trust staff for helping me all season.”

Degree Student of the Year: Ewan Mooney

“I have learnt so much about myself since doing the Foundation Degree at the Trust. It’s an honour to win this award.”

Kicks Participant of the Year: Haiden Rose

“I really enjoy coming to Kicks, so to win this award is just something I didn’t expect. Thanks once again.”

Junior PAN-Ability Player of the Year: Jamie Oakey

“I’m really proud to have won this award. It’s great to be recognised and I just want to thank Owen for all his help.”

Primary Star of the Year: Gareth Kirkpatrick

Gareth Kirkpatrick wins Primary Star of the Year

“Blackpool FC Community Trust’s support has enriched the pupils in our school in ways we may never truly know, our staff are infinitely better equipped to deliver better P.E sessions than three years ago.”

NCS Graduate of the Year: Hazel Hall

“I’ve learnt so much about myself since doing NCS. It teaches you important life skills which I have taken with me in my every day life.”

Fit2Go Primary of the School of the Year: Stanley Primary School

“The pupils are more aware of leading a healthy lifestyle because of the Fit2Go programme. They also know the importance of doing some form of physical activity. The pupils really enjoy the Community Trust coming in.”

Sports Camp Participant of the Year: Freddy Livesey

“I look forward to Sports Camps every time it is on. I get involved as much as I can and I’ve made so many new friends.”

To view all pictures/videos from the awards evening, please visit our social media pages – Facebook: BFCCT, Twitter: @BFC_CTrust, Instagram: bfccommunitytrust

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust, contact (01253 348691). Don’t forget we are running our Summer Sports Camps from Hawes Side, Norbreck Academy and Marton Academy.

Enterprise Challenge Helping Lives

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Premier League Enterprise Academy has been making an impact on young people’s lives.

That’s the case for Unity Academy student Bailey Lister, who managed to make £90 from just a £5 investment – with some of which being donated to a charity close to his heart.

The Premier League Enterprise Academy is delivered in high schools across Blackpool through classroom workshops that are designed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. The programme uses the Community Trust to give young people an insight into business in the sports industry and gives them the opportunity to acquire and develop entrepreneurial skills as well as real life skills that can be utilised in the future.

Bailey said, “I made £90 from the £5 challenge. My business idea was to grow tomato plants and sunflowers, which I looked after on a daily basis, until they sprouted. I sold them for £1 each and was delighted to make £90 from it. Wilkinsons were very kind and donated me a number of plant pots to help me with my business idea. I’d like to thank Blackpool FC Community Trust for giving me more confidence in myself and helping me learn more about the business world.”

Bailey added, “I donated my money to PDSA. I chose this place because my dog got hurt badly and she had to get metal plates in her legs and to get her treated at a private vet would’ve cost thousands but PDSA helped me with treating my dog which was affordable for me and my family. So I thought it was right to give something back to them.”

The Trust’s Enterprise Officer, Jack Shields has been delighted with Bailey’s progress during the Enterprise programme. Jack said, “Bailey’s behavior has improved drastically since he first started the Premier League Enterprise programme. Initially, his reports from school highlighted his poor attendance and lack of participation in class. However, as the weeks went on, it was clear that Bailey had a natural interest in business and by linking it with a subject he feels passionately about, he excelled, attended every session with a smile on his face and displayed a great attitude towards learning and helping his classmates.”

As a reward for his improvement and behavior, Bailey often helps out in the allotment at Unity. Horticultural instructor Paul Davenport was full of praise towards Bailey. Paul said, “Bailey is a shining example of how this (rewarding people) should work. He’s turned his behavior and poor attendance around and it’s brilliant to see. It’s a pity that there aren’t more lads like Bailey and I think he will have a bright future if he continues to apply himself as he has during the Premier League Enterprise Academy work”.

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

My Kicks Story: Sophia and Samantha

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Kicks programme is delivered across Blackpool on a daily basis by our qualified coaches and is an opportunity for 7-19 year olds to play football.

Sophia and Samantha have been regular Kicks participants at Watson Road Park over the last six months. See below why they enjoy coming to Kicks and the positive influence Kicks has had on their lives.

Sophia at Watson Road Park

Sophia said, “I like coming to Kicks because I like football and I’ve made new friends. My favourite part of Kicks is doing the penalty shoot-out.”

Sophia’s Dad said, “Sophia enjoys the sessions and looks forward to coming to learn new skills and interact with the other children. The sessions are good for Sophia because there’s no gender issue between the kids as they’re all happy to play together.”

Read more about our Kicks programme here

Samantha said, “I like playing football and I like coming here (to Kicks) because it’s safe and fun.”

Samantha’s Dad said, “Samantha’s attitude and behaviour has improved since coming to the football sessions. Her commitment as a whole has improved too, as she wants to do more things rather than give up after a week.”

Samantha’s Dad added, “She now has a larger circle of friends as she’s starting to mix more with other children. Her confidence has grown as a result and this has also been noticed at school within her report.”

Samantha enjoying Kicks at Watson Road Park.

Senior Sports Participation Officer Michael Brown who oversees the Kicks programme said, “Kicks is a fantastic opportunity to not only keep healthy but also makes friends – so it’s great to Sophia and Samantha enjoying this brilliant programme. All Kicks sessions are completely free and are for ages 7-19.”

For more information on Kicks, call 01253 348691

Park Community Academy Tour Bloomfield Road After Finishing Enterprise

Park Community Academy were treated to a stadium tour of Bloomfield Road after completing Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Premier League Enterprise Academy programme.

The Premier League Enterprise programme is delivered in high schools across Blackpool through classroom workshops that are designed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. The programme uses Blackpool FC Community Trust to give young people an insight into business in the sports industry.

Students from Park Community Academy finished that last part of the Enterprise programme off at the Stadium and were presented with certificates on Wednesday. The students were then treated to a stadium tour of Blackpool FC.

Park School Teaching Assistant, Elliot Ward was delighted with how well the Premier League Enterprise programme went with the students. Elliot said, “The children really enjoyed the Enterprise programme. They got a good insight to how the business world works. I know they really look forward to the Trust coming in and having a stadium tour of Blackpool FC was a fantastic experience.” 

The Trust’s Enterprise Co-ordinator Jack Shields said, “The sessions have been a great success. The students have really enjoyed the programme and got a great insight to how business works in the sports industry.”

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Premier League Enterprise programme, visit www.blackpoolfccommunitytrust.co.uk or call (01253) 348691