This summer Blackpool FC Community Trust delivered sports camps across three venues, supporting the needs of families in the local community during the school holidays.
Over the past six weeks our qualified and enthusiastic staff have been engaging with children, introducing them to new games, activities and sports to help keep them active throughout summer. This Summer the campers have also benefited from our new dance sessions delivered by our very own Miss Paige which take place during camp at no extra cost to parents.
The children attending were also lucky enough to receive a number of visits by Blackpool FC first-team players. During the visits children were able to ask their idols questions on what it takes to become a professional footballer and the sacrifices they have to make to get to the top before getting the chance to play against their local heroes in football challenges, dodgeball and FIFA.
Our hugely popular camps, which open at 8am and close at 5pm, have seen more than 150 children visit each day. This has provided a much needed service for parents, giving them peace of mind and the knowledge that their children will be safe and entertained all day.
“ My son loves it when the players come and visit, thanks he had a great day as always” Louise Winder, parents of camper.
“We are extremely proud of our sports camps and fully understand the need to provide quality childcare for the families of the local community during school holidays. Seeing a child sheepishly walk through the front door on their first day not knowing anyone and then the same child skipping through the front door on their second day makes all the long hours worth it. We have had some amazing participants that really thrive being in a fun and friendly environment and it’s great to help children improve and develop new skills and watching them make new friendships while they are with us.”
– Marc Joseph (MJ) – Camp Coordinator
Blackpool FC Community Trust Sports Camps will continue to run each school holiday throughout the year (excluding Christmas) at multiple venues across Blackpool. For more information or to book your child a place on the next sports camp please contact us directly.
Throughout the summer, we also delivered our highly successful Inclusion Camp for five weeks of the school holidays. The camp is supported with funding from the Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Break Time (LBT) which is a county-wide service providing short breaks for parents or carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).
There were a variety of activities that took place including; Arts and Crafts, and physical activities such as football and dodgeball, as well as inclusive sports such as Boccia and New Age Curling. The camp also ran day trips to local attractions such as the Odeon Cinema, Ascent Trampoline Park, Wheels for All at Stanley Park and a fantastic trip to Bloomfield Road, where participants were able to meet some of their favourite players, take pictures and ask them questions. They also got a behind the scenes tour of the stadium and changing rooms the day before the Portsmouth game on the 31st of August.
Dave Maclean, Inclusion Officer said, “The camp has been a great success and has been fully booked all summer long, with children from all over the Fylde coast in attendance. It’s also been good to see so many of our regular participants coming thought the summer, whilst meeting so many new faces that have enjoy the camp too.”
We will be running the Inclusion Camp over the October half term. Any one that would like to find more information should contact the Community Trust office on 01253 348691.
There were also activities held at Revoe Learning Academy and South Shore Academy. More information to follow.
For more information on any of our provision please follow us on social media or call: 01253 348 691