Tiny Tangerines New Times

Tiny Tangerines is a football activity session which aims to increase confidence and co-ordination for children from reception upwards, giving them the opportunity to engage with other children whilst developing football skills.


From Tuesday 2nd April Tiny Tangerines will now be held:

4;30pm – 5:15pm for Reception children

5:30pm – 6:15pm for Year 1&2

At: PlayFootball, Garstang Road, FY3 7JH

For more information on Tiny Tangerines please call 01253 348 691.



‘Move, Play and Grow’ Get A Royal Visit

We had the honour of being involved in the Royal Visit to showcase the great work we deliver for our Early Years as part of our BetterStart Fit2Go programme – Move, Play & Grow with your child.

“On Wednesday 6th March, we were invited to Revoe Park for the showcasing of the new community garden. Special guests the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended to see the work that had been done by many volunteers. We were there to show our Early Years provision ‘Move, Play & Grow with your child’ which is funded by Better Start. A few families that have been part of the programme, were chosen to attend and get involved with some healthy lifestyle activities. It was an honour to be invited to the event and to be part of a special day”. – Zoe (Health Officer).

More information on these sessions can be found here.

Hear From a Participant: Chelsie

“I first started with the Community Trust in 2018, completing the Traineeship programme, which gave me the opportunity to learn employment skills such as communication, confidence, work values and respect.  During this course I completed work experience in a gym facility, gaining an insight into health and fitness, which was an interest of mine and developed my knowledge in this field.

After the Traineeship, the Community Trust continued to help and support my development, offering me voluntary work with Fit2Go, mainstream sports camp and now I support delivery of sessions with the inclusion team.

Every week, I work with highly qualified and experienced coaches to deliver sessions to amputee participants, downs syndrome, hearing impairment and a successful coach and I am now hoping to put these skills and knowledge into practice by enrolling on the Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development course at the Trust in September 2019.  I will continue my voluntary work throughout this period in order to progress and be as successful as I can in the sports industry.”

Supporting Level Playing Field Weeks of Action 2019

Blackpool FC Community Trust was pleased to support the 2019 Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action on Tuesday night.

Level Playing Field focuses on removing barriers for disabled fans in all sports. All fans can enjoy an equal experience at sports venues which are fully accessible and inclusive. Disabled people constitute the largest minority group at around 15% of the population and this number is increasing year on year? Naturally, a large number of disabled people are football fans too and we are pleased to take this opportunity to thank our own disabled fans for their continued loyalty and dedication to this great club.

This annual initiative, now in its 14th year, aims to celebrate access and inclusion for disabled sports fans across England and Wales.

The Trust celebrated Level Playing Field Weeks of Action by inviting its participants with disabilities such as down’s syndrome, amputations and cerebral palsy.

Seven children and young adults had an all-access tour of Bloomfield Road before having a kick about on the pitch with Bloomfield Bear. They also met the players who signed their t-shirts.

This year we celebrated Blackpool FC’s matchday experience for disabled fans. We wanted to shine a light on the positives of attending a live matchday and in turn help remove those barriers and promote a culture of accessibility and inclusiveness within sport.

Trust’s Inclusion Officer Dave Maclean said, “The Level Playing Field Weeks of Action event is a fantastic opportunity to highlight inclusion and accessibility for disabled fans. It was a great occasion and the children and young adults involved absolutely loved it. We had 40 disabled fans and carers in attendance to see Blackpool v Doncaster.”

For more information on PAN Ability or Level Playing Field, contact us on 01253 348691.

Nutrition & Hydration Week 2019

Do you know this week 11th – 17th March is National Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019?

Nutrition and Hydration Week is an annual event with a shared objective to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.

We provide a variety of sessions that help to encourage and maintain healthy lifestyles from football for all ages, to weight management courses such as Football Fans in Training.

To celebrate ‘National Nutrition & Hydration Week’ our Fit2Go team will be visiting every Year 4 primary school class in Blackpool to promote the Blackpool Public Health Initiative ‘Healthy Packed Lunches’.  Keep an eye out for your guide.

Fit2Go specifically aims to encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle, take part in regular physical activity and to join in with local sports clubs and community programmes which will ultimately improve their overall health and wellbeing.  Fit2Go is currently being delivered to Year 4 pupils in every primary school in Blackpool.

For more information on the Fit2Go programme or any of our provision please contact: 01253 348 691


PAN-Ability Sessions Support Participants To Go Further

Jamie Oakey
Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver a PAN Ability programme which is for anyone with a disability or impairment to take part in regular training and potential competitive fixtures/tournaments.

One of the Trust’s PAN Ability participants, Jamie Oakey, who has a limb deficiency, was called up to the England Amputee team U23’s provisional squad training camp in Crewe last month.

Jamie, who is from Blackpool, said he enjoyed the experience and looks to build on what was a fantastic achievement. Jamie said, “The weekend was a lot harder than I expected but I felt as though I had made that step further to my future in the game and with the team. The training was really good, better than it has been and there were lots more people around to help if I had any questions about nutrition, my body or my performance. I enjoyed it much more and can’t wait to again.”

The Trust’s Inclusion Officer Dave Maclean, who is also the assistant manager for England Amputee team, praised the efforts of Jamie. Dave said, “Jamie has been working hard at the PAN Ability sessions and I’ve witnessed that first hand. His hard work has led to an amazing opportunity to train with some of the best in England. The only way is up from here.”

Blackpool FC Community Trust would like to wish Jamie luck and we will continue to support his development at the weekly PAN Ability training sessions as he pushed to make the final selection for the final 13 player team who will play both Poland and Turkey in an international tournament later this year.

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s PAN Ability programme, visit www.blackpoolfccommunitytrust.co.uk or call 01253 348691.

Have you heard about our Traineeship programme?

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s 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 16-24 and who are not currently in education, employment or training.

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 216 hours of work experience and will be working within a professional football club.

The Traineeship course, which is based at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, provides crucial work experience which includes:

  • Working in different departments of a professional football club
  • Assisting in the delivery of sports in schools
  • Assisting in the delivery of Premier League Kicks and Walking Football sessions
  • Working within the private sports sector

The trainees will be provided with the official Blackpool FC Community Trust replica tracksuit, shorts, t-shirts and waterproof jacket.

Blackpool FC Community Trust, Traineeship Officer Colin King, believes the Traineeship course is an excellent opportunity for trainees to turn their lives around and start their further education which will lead to employment opportunities. Colin said, “This is a unique course which allows young adults between the age of 16 and 18, to enrol and learn crucial life skills whilst building their confidence. It’s a stepping stone back into further education because the majority of people who have enrolled in the past have either been kicked out of school or have registered no qualifications.”

The course provides the necessary tools to gain employment through Level 1 Employability Skills and Level 2 in The Principles of Sports Coaching. On completion of the course, the trainees can progress on to BTEC Level 3 in Futsal/Football studies with the Blackpool FC Community Trust.

Colin believes with the right attitude and commitment trainees can achieve their goals in life.

The current course started on Monday 4th February and has 26 people enrolled.  They are gaining experience in a variety of areas from educational establishments, media companies, ground work and construction work to retail, animal care, hospitality and even working along side us here at the Trust through coaching.

  • Ascent Trampoline Park
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Toyland
  • Pound Stretchers
  • Amparo – Men’s Fashion
  • Blackpool Zoo
  • Reptile Room
  • Blackpool Sand Castle
  • Aspired Futures
  • Skils Construction
  • Redeeming Our Community (ROC)
  • Blackpool Transport

Thank you for currently supporting the Traineeship participants.

For more information about the next course please contact Rick on 01253 348 691

Kicks Fixtures

Blackpool FC Community Trust travelled to Wigan Youth Zone on Wednesday 6th February to face Wigan Athletic in their opening Kicks fixture for the season. This resulted in an emphatic 10-1 victory to the under 15’s Kicks representatives.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the same story for our under 16’s who took part in a tournament away in Blackburn on Wednesday 20th February. The lads were very unlucky hitting the post and crossbar six times in the first match which resulted in a 3-2 defeat to Accrington Stanley. This was followed by an 8-2 defeat to Blackburn Rovers, the tournament hosts.

The final match saw a great contest between Blackpool and Oldham Athletic. Both teams pushed for victory in the final minute of the game but Oldham took the victory with a 4-3 win.

All participants conducted themselves superbly and were a credit to the Community Trust.

The young people who took part regularly attend our FREE Playfootball and Boundary Primary Kicks sessions.

Did you know we deliver FREE Premier League Kicks across Blackpool for 7-19 year olds?

Premier League Kicks uses the power of football to connect with young people in some of the most high-need areas of Blackpool.

Take a look at our Kicks timetable if you or someone you know might want to get involved.

Six Blackpool FC stars attend Camps

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

Blackpool FC Community Trust have been delivering Sports Camps all week at Unity Academy, Our Lady of Assumption and Hawes Side Academy where hundreds children across Blackpool have been getting involved in sport activities. 

Elias Sorensen and Nathan Shaw made a special visit to Unity whilst Marc Bola and Myles Boney surprised the children at Our Lady. The player visits weren’t finished there, as Antony Evans and Matty Virtue visited Hawes Side.

During half-terms, the 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. 

Myles Boney, who has been visiting Sports Camps for a number of years, said he always looks forward to getting involved in Sports Camps. “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. I’ve been coming to camps for a while and it’s great.”

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.”