Blackpool FC Community Trust is pleased to support the 2018 Level Playing Field (LPF) Weeks of Action. This annual initiative, now in its 13th year, aims to celebrate access and inclusion for disabled sports fans across England and Wales.
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 year we are celebrating the matchday experience for disabled fans. We want 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. This Saturday,
The Trust will welcome a number of our Junior & Adult PAN Ability participants to celebrate access and inclusion prior to the Southend United game. The participants will meet Blackpool FC’s first team squad and manager before walking out with the players prior to kick off.
Trust’s Inclusion Officer Owen Coyle is looking forward to what should be a fantastic day. Owen said, “We are looking forward to having our Junior & Adult PAN Ability team with us on Saturday. The Level Playing Field is a fantastic opportunity to highlight inclusion and accessibility for disabled fans. It should be a great moment for our PAN Ability team to meet Blackpool FC’s first team squad.
For more information on PAN Ability or Level Playing Field, contact us on 01253 348691.
Blackpool FC players Will Aimson, Kyle Vassell and Viv Solomon-Otabor made special appearances at Holy Family Primary School and Unity Academy as part of working in the community with Blackpool FC Community Trust.
Duo Aimson and Vassell entered the Year 4 classroom at Holy Family and the delight of the children’s faces was evident. Kyle Vassell spoke of his enjoyment when attending schools and answering questions from the children. Kyle said, “I’ve come into schools a few times with Blackpool FC Community Trust and I fully enjoy them. The players have a responsibility of giving back to the community and that’s what we try and do when we come into schools.”
The purpose of the players attending the schools was not only just part of working in the Blackpool community but to also highlight the fantastic work the Trust do on a regular basis, focusing on Fit2Go.
Will Aimson said, “Blackpool FC Community Trust do a fantastic job by helping people with all ages across Blackpool. The Fit2Go programme is another example. It highlights the im
portance of living a healthy lifestyle even from a primary school age.
Viv Solomon-Otabor made the trip to Unity Academy and discussed Fit2Go with Year 4 pupils. Viv said, “As a football player, we have to lead a healthy lifestyle which is important for all children to follow even at such a young age. It was great to see the smiles on their faces and they asked some fantastic questions. I look forward to doing this again.”
For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust, call 01253 348691.
Blackpool FC Community Trust are delighted to announce news of a new weekly Sporting Memories group that will take place at the stadium.
This group, which is aimed at older sports fans, will predominantly cover football and Blackpool FC, although we will incorporate other sports. This fun group will then provide people with an opportunity to meet up with like-minded people to share stories, memories, memorabilia, and opinions.
Our first session will take place at the stadium, this week on Thursday 8th March, and we felt it would be fitting that the topic of discussion at this group should be the late great Jimmy Armfield. The group will meet at the Club Shop (opposite Travelodge), Bloomfield Road. Refreshments will be made available and the cost to attend is £1.
Blackpool FC Community Trust Chief Executive Ashley Hackett said, “Blackpool is a town rich in sporting history and with this in mind, we are very excited to tap into that heritage through the memories of the many sporting fans that live in The area. We believe this is something that the community will thoroughly enjoy and look forward to seeing the group develop and give a great service to all that get involved.”
Tony Jameson-Allan, Co-Founder of Sporting Memories added, “We are delighted to be partnering with Blackpool FC Community Trust on the new Sporting Memories programme in the town. Funding from the Royal British Legion has provided the opportunity to establish weekly groups, with a unique opportunity to use the history and heritage of the club and of sport across Blackpool to engage veterans and older people living in the area.”
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Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Junior Amputees made history this weekend after they competed in the first ever Junior League Cup hosted by England Amputee Football Association (EAFA).
Amputee Football is a game recognised worldwide which offers players with amputations or limb deficiencies an opportunity to play the beautiful game. The sport has over forty countries competing on the international scene such as the WAFF World Cup or EAFF Championships (which England finished 2nd in last year).
Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Junior Amputees took on Manchester City and Everton Amputees and produced two fantastic performances winning both games 2-0.
The Trust’s Inclusion Officer Owen Coyle was delighted with how the Junior Amputees played and was honoured to be a part of the day. Owen said, “It was a huge honour to be part of the first junior amputee specific tournament, not only in the UK or Europe but actually worldwide.”
Owen added, “The players were fantastic with a lot of ability on show which is also good for the longevity of Amputee Football in England. A huge thanks to The England Amputee Football Association for all their hard work and support to make this event happen.”
Jamie Oakey who played for Blackpool FC Community Trust in the Junior League Cup said, “I liked seeing new faces take part in the competition and how much everything has grown. Meeting other amputees has boosted my confidence and also taking part in the first junior tournament has given me experience as I want to play in the adult competition when I turn 16. Thank you to Blackpool FC Community Trust coaches for this opportunity.”
Blackpool FC Community Trust were delighted to hand Lorraine DeRome and her family a Nike football signed by all of the Blackpool FC first team squad and stadium tour following a competition giveaway.
Life-long Blackpool FC fans, Lorraine and her three children entered a competition which was shared on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s social media channels. They were picked at random after over 350 people entered the competition.
The family collected the signed ball and were then given a stadium tour of Bloomfield Road by Trust’s Chief Executive Officer Ashley Hackett.
Lorraine was absolutely delighted to have won the ball. She said, “The Trust do a fantastic job and when I saw they put a competition out on social media, I knew that my boys would love it, so I’m absolutely delighted that we managed to win it because I saw hundreds of people enter.”
Ashley Hackett congratulated Lorraine and thanked everyone who entered the competition, with more competition giveaways scheduled to go out in the near future. Ashley said, “I’m really happy for Lorraine and her family for winning the signed ball competition. You could see the delight in the children’s faces when I gave them an all access tour of the stadium including changing rooms and trophy cabinet.”
Ash added, “We will be doing regular competition giveaways as it’s a really good way of giving back to the local and wider community, so please keep an eye on our social media channels.”
For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust call 01253 348691
Revoelution is the resident-led Partnership that steers the Big Local programme in Revoe. It has appointed Blackpool FC Community Trust (BFCCT) to act as its ‘locally trusted organisation’ for legal purposes of employing staff and managing contracts. The 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 post holder will be expected to develop, and deliver, with numerous partners, the next phase of the Revoelution’s Big Local Plan (2018-2019).
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 Council, local schools, businesses, community organisations and voluntary agencies working in the area
Blackpool FC Community Trust successfully delivered its February half-term Sports Camps last week.
The Trust delivered Sports Camps at Hawes Side Academy and Unity Academy and over 130 children attended.
The Trust offer qualified coaching in a fun, safe and supportive environment at an affordable price whilst delivering 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 signed Blackpool FC prizes.
Sports Camps Coordinator Marc Joseph was delighted with the amount of children who attended and heard nothing but positive feedback from parents. Marc said, “Our Camps provide parents/guardians with the opportunity to send their children to a safe environment, for a cheap price whilst having a fantastic time with other children. We deliver fun and unique activities all day.”
Jo Groves, who sends her children to Camps praised Blackpool FC Community Trust for their fantastic work. Jo said, “My boys love it here! The coaches are fantastic and set up loads of activities to suit everyone, it’s so good to be able to go to work knowing my boys are being looked after, they are having a great time, never get bored and always look forward to going back – big thanks to MJ and the team, you really make the holidays easier and enjoyable.”
Education Secretary Damian Hinds visited Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Hawes Side Sports Camp and presented Traineeship students with certificates following their completion of the course.
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Blackpool FC Community Trust’s CEO Ashley Hackett welcomed Damian along with Blackpool Council CEO Neil Jacks. It was an opportunity to showcase some of the fantastic work the Trust do on a regular basis.
Ashley said, “Today, we’ve had the Education Secretary Damian Hinds and he was really interested to find out about the provision we deliver at Blackpool FC Community Trust, in particular our education programmes including our BTEC provision and Traineeship programme which has been a huge success this season for 16-24 year olds.”
The Traineeship programme supports those who are aged 16-24 that are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), get back into the world of work. From the most recent cohort, thirteen Trainee students graduated.
Damian also presented some of our Traineeship students with their certificates. After presenting the certificates, Damian Hinds praised the Traineeship students for completing the course and wished them well. Damian said, “Thank you for allowing me to be part of the Traineeship graduation ceremony here. Good luck to everyone in their future and I hope more people will look at what you’ve done and be inspired to do something similar.”
For more information on our Traineeship programme, call us on 01253 348691
Blackpool FC Community Trust is celebrating the fantastic contribution NCS participants have made to the local Blackpool community.
NCS is government backed scheme for 15-17 year olds. NCS has four phases including: adventure, discovery, action and celebration.
As part of the social action phase, NCS participants deliver a community project about issues that matter. Last year, 187 NCS participants in Blackpool raised £2,080 for a number of different charities, including Swallows, Brian House, Fylde Sharks, Blue Skies and Hospital Funds.
Senior Recruitment Officer, Jonny Ellithorn who overseas the NCS programme for Blackpool FC Community Trust praised the NCS participants for making a positive impact in Blackpool. Jonny said, “It’s a fantastic achievement for our NCS participants to raise £2,080 for local charities in Blackpool. It just reinforces the incredible impact NCS has. I strongly urge any 15-17 year olds to get involved in NCS and give it a go because it is a fantastic confidence builder but also develops important life skills.”
Blackpool FC Community Trust is now recruiting for NCS Summer 2018. For more information on NCS and Blackpool FC Community Trust visit www.blackpoolfccommunitytrust.co.uk or contact 01253 348691.
Blackpool FC Community Trust Chief Executive Ashley Hackett paid respect to the late great Jimmy Armfield.
Jimmy Armfield sadly passed away last Monday but will leave a lasting legacy in Blackpool. Ashley Hackett praised the impact Jimmy Armfield had on Blackpool FC Community Trust and himself as a person. Ashley said, “Jim has been a huge ambassador for the great work the Community Trust delivers over the years, with a particular interest of his being our Walking Football activities. Whenever Jim would attend an event for us, he would steal the show and no matter what the subject was, the attention would all follow him. Jimmy genuinely cared about Blackpool, the Club and the Community Trust and offered his support and opinion whenever it was needed and for that on behalf of the whole team and the Trustees, we will be forever grateful for his energy and enthusiasm. We must also take this opportunity to pass on our thoughts and prayers to the Armfield family in this very difficult time.”
It is somewhat fitting that this week will see the Community Trust announce news of a Sporting Memories programme aimed at engaging with older sports fans. These different groups across Blackpool will provide people with an opportunity to have fun and make new friends with like-minded people to share and discuss their own sporting memories, many of which will likely include Jimmy Armfield, along with other Blackpool FC legends such as Stanley Matthews, Jimmy Hampson, Stan Mortensen, Ray Charnley, just to name a few. These weekly groups will take place at different venues across Blackpool and refreshments will be made available. The cost to attend will be £1 which will contribute towards the ongoing sustainability of the session.
Linked to this is an additional program of work linked to older people which is being funded through The Royal British Legion and is specifically targeted at older veterans and their families/carers. Again, these groups will take place across Blackpool and will provide an informal opportunity for veterans aged 50+ to meet up and share their experiences, as well as take part in one off services-themed events linked to the Armed Forces. Again, the cost to attend will be £1 and refreshments will be provided.
For further information please contact the Trust on 01253 348691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.