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NEW PROGRAMME: Unstoppable

Blackpool FC Community Trust, with backing from Simon Sadler and Segantii Capital Management (“Segantii”) will be supporting Year 6 pupils with a brand new programme called Unstoppable. 

The programme has been developed using bestselling author Dan Freedman’s new book, which focuses on supporting young people with difficult life topics, including mental health, knife crime, family dynamics and the transition to high school. 

Using the book, Blackpool children will read up to certain points each week and then be led through a classroom session by the Trust, discussing these hard hitting topics. The children will then get to keep the book and workbooks they develop through their involvement, to refer back to when they are challenged in their daily lives. 

Every school in Blackpool will be offered this programme free of charge and delivery will take place over 6 weeks, thanks to the financial support worth £50,000 from Segantii. 

Chief Executive Officer of Blackpool FC Community Trust, Ashley Hackett said “This is a very important and ground breaking programme that our team have developed and we thank Simon and Segantii for their unbelievable support. As soon as I discussed the programme with Simon he was fully committed to helping with putting this in place. We piloted the programme in Westminster Primary Academy last academic year and the impact it had was tremendous and we knew straight away we had to find a way to get this provision to as many children in Blackpool as possible. The programme will now be offered to every Year 6 child, in every Blackpool school. We also have to thank Chris Debar and Jen Crofts, from my team for developing this amazing provision and Dan Freedman, for his continuous support, creativity and for allowing us to utilise his book in such a way.”

Simon Sadler, Chief Investment Officer of Segantii, said Segantii is very pleased to support Blackpool FC Community Trust in this important initiative to help the young people of Blackpool. I would like to thank Ashley and his team for putting this together and the participating schools for their commitment to the programme.

Dan Freedman, Best selling author of Unstoppable, said “I spend a lot of time working with schools and that leap to Secondary is such a huge one at a pivotal time in a young person’s life. How they adapt and develop at that point can have a huge impact on the rest of their lives and also on the wider community.

“I wrote Unstoppable in the hope that, as well as being a compelling story, it might offer a platform for young people to talk about their feelings and their challenges so I’m absolutely delighted that the Blackpool FC Community Trust are taking the book and running with it in this way.

“Every time I have met and worked with Ashley, Chris and Jen I have been blown away by their dedication and professionalism. That’s why I’m sure the Unstoppable project is going to be truly ground-breaking. It’s incredible what a community team like this – with the wonderful support of Simon Sadler and Segantii – are able to do for the area and its effect will be felt for years to come.”

The provision will start in November 2019 and take place throughout the school year.

NEW PROGRAMME: PL Inspires

Blackpool FC Community Trust, with support from the Premier League and Blackpool Public Health, will this academic year support local Year 10 pupils prepare for exams with a new mental health provision called PL Inspires. 

£180,000 of funding has been secured to provide this programme for the next three years.

After consultation with local young people, it was discovered that the biggest cause of anxiety and stress for 15-16 year olds was the fear of exams. 

The Trust will now offer local secondary schools a 20 hour programme, focused on raising aspirations, reducing anxiety and developing coping mechanisms and relaxation techniques, to support the young people through the difficult time of exams. 

The programme, which is part of the resilience revolution, has been developed by the Trust’s Head of Education and Employability, Selina Hayes and PL Inspires Coordinator, Simon Smith, with support from Headstart Blackpool. The Trust will employ two members of staff to help young people in Blackpool schools to have a positive outlook on a difficult period and support those currently on the cusp of gaining GCSE grades 4-5.

Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive Officer of Blackpool FC Community Trust, said, “This programme is another example of the quality of provision that the Trust are developing to support local people in the town. PL Inspires is a prime example of where we have worked with local and national partners to understand local people’s needs and them found a way to help. We were identified as one of only 30 clubs in the country to be able to access Premier League funding for an Inspires topic and we have been very lucky to also receive support from our local public health team.”  

Dr. Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health, Blackpool Council, said “We know that exam time can be a real source of stress for our young people in Blackpool.  Those taking part in PL Inspires will develop the skills and techniques they need to cope, not just with exams but with other challenging times in their lives too.  We‘re proud to support this programme and are looking forward to seeing the positive impact it has.”

Provision in local secondary schools will begin in January 2020.

Job Opportunity: Health Education Officer

Blackpool FC Community Trust has a very exciting opportunity for someone to join the very successful health team, working on our Fit2Go healthy lifestyle programme and mental health provisions delivered in local primary schools and nurseries supporting families in the community, while also supporting with delivery on our multi-sports camps.

Blackpool FC Community Trust, based at Bloomfield Road Stadium, have delivered the Fit2Go project in local primary schools for more than eight years, in partnership with Public Health Blackpool and Blackpool NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. The project focuses on making year 4 pupils aware of the importance of eating well, taking part in regular exercise and the effect it has our lifestyle. 

The successful post holder will be part of the health delivery team, taking classroom-based sessions, which are always followed up with a physical activity session, focused around the school PE curriculum. The post holder will also deliver community-based family programmes, with the same intentions, but focused on the whole household and the adjustments that can be made to the full families’ health and well-being. 

The post holder will also be required to deliver on our multi-sports camps during school holidays, helping children to engage in games and physical activity.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, whilst having a good understanding and experience of delivering healthy lifestyle provision. This individual will also have the relevant experience and qualifications to deliver physical activity and PE sessions within local primary schools and the wider community. 

Blackpool FC Community Trust is the official charity of Blackpool FC, with a focus on engaging, developing, inspiring and supporting the people of Blackpool to live better lives. 

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Marc Joseph on 01253 348.

How to apply:

Please send your completed application form to Marc Joseph by email: marc.joseph@bfcct.co.uk If returning by post, please send toBlackpool FC Community Trust, F.A.O. Marc Joseph, Head of Early Years and Primary Provision, Bloomfield Road Stadium, Seasiders Way, Blackpool. FY1 6JJ.

Applications need to be in no later than 5pm on Thursday 10th October 2019 

Interviews will take place during week commencing Monday 14th October 2019

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

Job Opportunity: Community Sports Coach (PL Kicks)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join Blackpool FC Community Trust as part of the Community Sport team.

We are looking for enthusiastic, personable, proactive and hardworking individuals to join our organisation. Reporting directly to the Community Sports Manager, the post holder will be appointed to deliver physical activities in community settings, which will predominantly be football but not exclusively, as part of the Premier League programmes. The post involves outreach work and you will be responsible for recruiting participants and sustaining their involvement on the programmes to ensure delivery targets are met. Monitoring and reporting are central to the role. Additionally, the post holder will be expected to promote the broader opportunities available through the Trust, as well as positively represent the Trust itself.  

Candidates will deliver sessions across five days per and must be available for afterschool, evening and weekend community sessions as this is an essential component of the role. Experience of delivering and leading community development projects would be an advantage as would additional multi-sports coaching qualifications.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for coaching and have a general understanding of a variety of different sports. An ability to socialise and create strong working relationships will be vital as well as an excellent manor with young people.

Blackpool FC Community Trust, based at Bloomfield Road Stadium and is the independent charitable arm of Blackpool FC, with a focus on engaging, developing, inspiring and supporting the people of Blackpool to live better lives.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Jason White on 01253 348691.

How to Apply:

Please send the complete application form via email to Jason.white@bfcct.co.uk

Or post: Jason White, Head of Sport, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 4th October 2019.

Interviews will be held Friday 11th October 2019.

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

Job Opportunity: Community Engagement Officer (Health & Wellbeing)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join Blackpool FC Community Trust as part of the Community Engagement team. The role holder will deliver across several adult Health & Wellbeing community programmes, which will include: Football Fans in Training; FFIT Phyz, Changing Rooms; and any new projects (within this strand) that are developed. The postholder will also manage and support any volunteers who might wish to support these programmes.

The post holder will be jointly responsible and accountable for making sure all KPI’s and targets are met for all programmes within their remit, facilities are booked, and staff are available to cover delivery. Ensuring high quality monitoring and evaluation methods and techniques are in place is a crucial component of this to meet the needs of the commissioners and target audience. 

The post holder will also work alongside the Head of Community Provisions and the Community Engagement Manager to develop new schemes of work and funding proposals as well as provide reports for partner agencies and commissioners.

Working in partnership with the Comms team, the post holder will also assume responsibility for ensuring that the marketing and promotion needs of each programme is sufficiently met. 

Blackpool FC Community Trust, based at Bloomfield Road Stadium and is the independent charitable arm of Blackpool FC, with a focus on engaging, developing, inspiring and supporting the people of Blackpool to live better lives. 

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Jason White on 01253 348691.

How to Apply:

Please send the complete application form via email to Jason.white@bfcct.co.uk

Or post: Jason White, Head of Sport, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 9th October 2019.

Interviews will be held Wednesday 16th October 2019.

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

Job Opportunity: Community Engagement Officer (Disability)

Blackpool FC Community Trust is a vibrant and forward thinking organisation and is the official charity of Blackpool Football Club. Working with more than 20,000 different people in the town every year and committed to making a difference to local people’s lives, BFCCT focuses provision across Health & Wellbeing, Physical Activity & Sport and Education & Employability for all age groups and community settings.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join Blackpool FC Community Trust as part of the Community Engagement team. The post holder will deliver across several programmes linked to people living with long-term conditions. This will include: Pan Disability Community sessions (including monthly fixtures for eight months per year), Pan Disability School Programme, The management and delivery of our Inclusion Camps that take place during school holidays (excluding Christmas period) and any new projects that are developed in the future, linked with this area of work. 

The post holder will be jointly responsible and accountable for making sure all KPI’s and targets are met for all programmes within their remit, that facilities are booked, and that all delivery is suitably covered. Ensuring high quality monitoring and evaluation methods and techniques is a crucial component of this to meet the needs of the commissioners and our target audience. The post holder will work alongside the Head of Community Provisions and the Community Engagement Manager to develop new schemes of work and funding proposals as well as provide reports for partner agencies and commissioners.

Working in partnership with the Comms team, the post holder will also assume responsibility for ensuring that the marketing and promotion needs of each programme is sufficiently met. 

Blackpool FC Community Trust is based at Bloomfield Road Stadium andis the charitable arm of Blackpool FC, with a focus on engaging, developing, inspiring and supporting the people of Blackpool to live better lives. 

Application Form:

Please send the complete application form via email to Jason.white@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Jason White, Head of Sport, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Jason White on 01253 348691.

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 27th September, 2019.

Interviews will take place Wednesday 9th October, 2019. 

Gain qualifications and study at Blackpool Football Club!

If you are leaving school and you are interested in a career in sport, then we have a course for you!

Blackpool FC Community Trust offer a range of Further and Higher education programmes that can’t be studied elsewhere.

  • BTEC level 1 Sport and Active Leisure 
  • BTEC level 2 Leadership through sport 
  • BTEC level 3 Sport (Coaching, development and fitness) 

Our courses have different pathways available depending on what you want to do in the future:

Our Football Academy allows you to:

  • Train and compete like a professional footballer whilst receiving a quality BTEC education in a range of sporting subjects
  • Play regular 11 a-side-fixtures and futsal against other professional football clubs
  • Links to numerous semi-pro clubs
  • Opportunities to attend an international training camp

Our Coaching Academy allows you to:

  • Increase employability opportunities whilst learning and developing the skills needed to become a professional sports coach or PE teacher
  • Gain up to 5 FREE coaching qualifications in addition to your BTEC qualification
  • Learn from real sports coaches and experienced teachers in a range of sporting environments
  • Weekly work experience in local schools supporting PE delivery and disability sports, over 50s and early years
  • Opportunities to attend an international training camp 

It doesn’t stop there…

The Trust also deliver a two year Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development, and a further (one year) BSc (Top Up) Degree in Community Football Coaching, Development and Administration in association with the University of South Wales. 

As part of getting a Degree you are able to study a number of coaching related disciplines with the opportunity to take part in extensive work-based learning opportunities in the ‘real world’. Specific football coaching modules are taught, providing the foundations to begin your career in the sports and leisure industry. 

All above courses are delivered in our new Education and Community Centre, previously known as the Club shop, in the North West corner at Bloomfield Road. Our brand new development includes purpose-built classrooms, an activity space, a fitness gym and a family room.

It’s not too late to enrol for the courses starting in September.

For more information, please contact us on 01253 348691.

JOB VACANCY: PHYSICAL EDUCATION OFFICER

Due to the expansion of our Premier League Primary Stars programme, Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking for a new member 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 a Physical Education Officer who will support and develop 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.

You can read the job description HERE

Please e-mail the jobs account for an application form and return once completed.

E-mail: jobs@bfcct.co.uk

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Thursday 12th September 2019.

Successful candidates will be informed of their invitation to interview on Friday 13th September 2019. The interviews will be held on Friday 20th September 2019.

New Grant for Young People with Additional Needs

Blackpool FC Community Trust is delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing a three-year grant of £78,302 from Children in Need to deliver year-round sports sessions for children and young people with additional needs in Blackpool. The sessions will be delivered in a variety of special schools across the town and will give children and young people the opportunity to get involved in sports activities which will help improve their physical and emotional wellbeing and encourage them to develop key skills.

Jason White, Head of Sport at Blackpool FC Community Trust said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this new grant from BBC Children in Need. With this funding we’ll be able to provide children and young people with additional needs with sports sessions across Blackpool that will help to improve their ability and skills, make new friends and help develop confidence, and further enhance our already strong offer for disabled participants.”

For further information regarding this, or any of our programmes, please email office@bfcct.co.uk or telephone 01253 348691.

EXCITING NEWS: BRAND NEW FACILITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Blackpool FC Community Trust is very proud to announce that it has secured a £286,390 investment from the Football Foundation, funded by the Premier League, the Football Association and Sport England, towards its £411,390 development of the ground floor of the North West Corner at Bloomfield Road. 

The site of the old club shop, ticket office and office space will be transformed into an Education and Community Centre, which will include four tailor-made classrooms, a family and game zone, community gym and a physical activity space.

The Centre, which will open in September 2019, will be used to host a range of the Community Trust’s successful programmes, including the BTEC Education provision, Degree and Traineeship programmes and many other community engagement activities, including Sporting Memories and Football Fans in Training. 

The project has been heavily supported by Blackpool Football Club and the interim board, with the Trust being given a 25-year lease on the area.

Community Trust Chief Executive Officer, Ashley Hackett, said:

“This development has been a work in progress for almost two years, but we wanted to take our time to make sure we did it correctly. It would not be possible without the fantastic support from many partners including the Football Club, the Football Foundation and the Premier League, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work, commitment and support.

“We are really looking forward to opening a community focused facility and allowing it to help us support even more people in our great community.

“This is only phase one of our project. We are hoping to develop a 3G pitch for our local community as phase two in 2020, very close to the stadium.”

Managing Director of Blackpool FC, Ben Hatton, said: 

“This is another fantastic development for the benefit of the town and community. The club is proud to be supporting the Trust with the lease of this facility and looks forward to seeing the impact that this rejuvenation of the stadium has.”