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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 or telephone 01253 348691.


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.”

Thousands go ‘POP FREE’

For the third year running the GULP Challenge, supported by Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Fit2Go team, has encouraged thousands of children to go “pop free”.

As sugary drinks are readily available to children across Blackpool, the Giving Up Loving Pop (GULP) Challenge aim was to reach more than 4,500 Blackpool primary school children from Years 4, 5 and 6 to reduce their sugar intake.

The council-backed campaign encourages pupils to take part in a 21-day challenge to give up sugary drinks with the hope they will switch to healthier options, such as water or low-fat milk, reducing the development of potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

This year the class with the most amount of ‘pop free’ days were treated to a FREE visit to Blackpool High Ropes at Stanley Park.

This years winners were:

Year 4: Stanley Primary 4N – 401 completed pop free days 68% of possible days

Year 5: Kincraig Primary – 365 completed pop free days 75.5% of possible days

Year 6: Kincraig Primary – 317 completed pop free days 65.5% of possible days

End of Year Adventure

Blackpool FC Community Trust students attended a three day trip to Patterdale in the eastern part of the Lake District as a reward for their hard work throughout the year.

The students and staff stayed at Langton Activity Centre all under one roof having to prepare, cook and clean after themselves. Not only did this challenge students domestically but also helped increase responsibility and independence.

It wasn’t all hard work though as they quickly located the table tennis table and head tennis court where they could relax, socialise and enjoy a few days of glorious sunshine.

After enjoying a head tennis tournament and a BBQ the students cooled off with a walk round Pooley Bridge, followed by the women’s World Cup Semi-Final between England and USA (a few snuck off to catch up on the latest gossip in Love Island).

The next day saw a visit into Ullswater with a walk round the fabulous views of Aira Force and an afternoon sailing boats on the lake. The students weren’t done there though, as later that day, they took part in some fell running with staff followed by some swimming in a nearby gill.

That night the students enjoyed a pub dinner together to celebrate what’s been a fantastic year for our Education provision. Every student was a credit to themselves, the Trust and their families, demonstrating excellent behaviour throughout the trip and the year.

Lauchlan Logan, a BTEC Level 3 Sport Learner, said:

“The trip to the Lake District was really fun, I got to spend some time with the students and three of the teachers from the college, did some fun activities like walking through different sites, and playing Foot Tennis when back at the place we stayed.  All together it was a fun experience and a great chance to bond with the team before the start of the new season”.

All the staff at Blackpool FC Community Trust would like to wish everyone the best of luck when receiving their results.  We will be enrolling learners on August 22ndin the Community Trust Office at Bloomfield Road. 

If you’d like to find out more about how you or someone close to you could get involved in our Education provision, give us a call on 01253 348691 as we are recruiting to start in September ’19!

Blackpool Legend to attend NEW Walking Football session

Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver Walking Football sessions across Blackpool, giving adults the opportunity to continue their involvement in the beautiful game for longer than they may have anticipated. Currently, our oldest participant is 79. 

Unsurprisingly, the physical and mental wellbeing benefits are significant, as illustrated by one participant recently stating how the sessions have had a profound effect on their life: before attending they were isolated and as a result often had suicidal thoughts. The routine of attending a weekly, fun physical activity with a like-minded group has changed all of that.

We are therefore delighted to announce that from Wednesday 3rd July 2019 we are adding two new Walking Football sessions to our community offer. For the first time since the new facility was completed, people can now participate in Walking Football at Unity Academy on Warbreck Hill Rd (FY2 0TR). The session will take place from 5-7pm.

To commemorate the session, we are also delighted to confirm that ex-pro Marc Joseph has agreed to join us for a kick about, as well as Blackpool FC Legend Brett Ormerod who has agreed to drop in.

After the opening evening the sessions will run as follows: 

50+ from 5pm – 6pm  £4 a session 

35+ from 6:30pm – 8pm £5 a session

Jason White, Head of Sport at Blackpool FC Community Trust said, “Football is the beautiful game and is most certainly a national obsession. It goes without saying therefore that the game should be open to everyone to engage with, in whatever capacity is suitable, which is a central philosophy for us at the Trust and something we are very proud of. Extending the amount of older adults’ provision is just another example of that.”

Can’t make it this time? In addition to these sessions we continue to run our Walking Football sessions at Playfootball on Monday evenings: 4:30pm – 5:30pm (age 50+) and 6pm – 7pm (35+)

For further information please contact the office on 01253 348691 or email

JOB VACANCY: Education Officer

Due to the expansion of our Education and Employability programmes, 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 Education and Employability delivery team.

We are looking for an Education Officer who will deliver a high quality BTEC Sport programme, aiming to inspire and motivate students, in accordance with the guidance and outcomes of the BTEC Sport Curriculum and funding providers expectations.  

You can read the job description HERE

Please email an application form. 

All completed applications to be sent to Caroline Bailey by email or posted to: 

Caroline Bailey, Senior Education Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday 29thJuly.Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 5thAugust 2019.

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 email Chris Debar (Senior Physical Education Officer) for an application form:


Please send the completed application to post it to:

Chris Debar, Senior Physical Education Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road Stadium, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday 15thJuly 2019.

Successful candidates will be informed of their invitation to interview on Tuesday 16thJuly 2019.  

Trust Awards Triumph

Blackpool FC Community Trust were triumphant at the Radio Wave Culture, Lifestyle and Business Awards on Friday 7th June, held in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter gardens.

After submitting the application to celebrate our ten year anniversary as a registered charity, we were shortlisted for the long-serving Business of the Year Award 2019.

The evening proved to be a great success, topped by the Trust receiving the most votes from our local community, to come out on top, against some other fantastic local businesses.

Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive, said: “This was a great way for us to celebrate ten years of helping people in Blackpool, as a charity, and we would like to thank everybody that voted for us in our category.

“I’d also like to publicly thank the great team we have, who work so hard, and make an enormous impact on Blackpool residents lives. We know that the future is really exciting for us and we look to making everyone aware of our plans and developments in due course.”

We would once again like to congratulate all of the winners on the night and thank Radio Wave for hosting a fantastic event.

Finally, we have recently been informed that we are a finalist in the BIBAs Third Sector Organisation category. The winners will be announced in September this year following a visit for the final round of judging in July.

Meet Our Participants

“Before attending the Blackpool FC Community Trust’s traineeship programme I was having problems trying to gain employment.  Having just left college I had qualifications but no work experience and at this stage I was unsure on how to get work experience and the necessary reference to help me.  I was lacking in confidence and was worried about getting a job straight away, never having worked in retail or dealing customers.

As part of the programme I undertook a work placement at Toyland, this gave me the opportunity to experience working in retail which I felt  would be useful to me in the future.  At Toyland I didn’t feel alone, there were other people on work placement which also included people from the traineeship programme. This placement allowed me to gain skills including pricing items, dealing with stock, deliveries and customer service.”

“Throughout the traineeship course I have improved in my confidence and feel the work experience at Toyland will help me with future employment. The tutors delivering the course are there to support you, they check on how well you are getting on at the work placement and half way through the course was asked if I wanted to pursue a career in retail. My answer to this was no, I had an interest in media and after the traineeship course I planned on going back into further or higher education to study media.  Because of this I have been given the opportunity to get involved with the media side of both Blackpool FC and the Community Trust to give me an insight how both these organisation use the media.

The Blackpool FC Community Trust traineeship programme doesn’t just help with work experience but helps improve grades in Maths and English as well as First aid and employability qualifications which all help improve your CV and make you more employable.”

– Written by Jasmine who took part in our Traineeship programme.

To find out more about our next courses, including our NEW over 25’s course, please get in touch.

Inaugural Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy

Blackpool FC Community Trust hosted the first ‘Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy’, a football competition for Year 3 and 4 pupils. Held at Armfield Academy on the anniversary of Jimmy Armfields last game for Blackpool FC, 120 pupils attended to compete for the trophy. 14 Blackpool primary schools participated and to commemorate the opponent Jimmy played against in his final game for the club, there was a special invite to the Manchester United Foundation who brought a school team. 

Before any football was kicked Duncan Armfield spoke to the pupils in attendance about his father, giving them an insight into Jimmy’s footballing achievements, who he was as a person and the story of how he use to chase donkeys on the beach to keep up his fitness!

The tournament was split into two leagues where each school played each other once. The games were played in a competitive and friendly spirit, with 150 goals being scored throughout the day. 

Schools were also given a ‘keepy-uppy’ challenge, where their aim was to collectively do a total of 627 kick-ups, to represent the number of games which Jimmy Armfield played for Blackpool FC. Lachlan from Anchorsholme and Harvey from Revoe scored the highest individual number of consecutive kick-ups, 20, with the collective score being 458. 

The winner of each league met each other in the final, with Anchorsholme representing Blackpool as they faced the Manchester United Foundation team. The final was very close and it took just one goal to decide the winners of the first Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy. Anchorsholme came out on top with 1-0 victory in front of the spectating crowd of pupils, teachers and parents. 

Duncan presented the winners and runners up of the competition with medals and the trophy. He also presented Ellis from Manchester United Foundation the Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy Player of the Day. Ellis was picked for playing with a smile on his face throughout the whole day, a value that Jimmy believed everyone young pupil should have whilst playing sport. 

The aim of the competition was not only to provide pupils an opportunity to take part in competitive football but to also raise awareness of Jimmy Armfield in the next generation of football fans within the town. Whilst the games were being played, Duncan showed some of the pupils a few of his dad’s trophies such as the Young Player of the Year trophy and his CBE award. 

One pupil couldn’t wait to get home and speak about Jimmy Armfield and the day he’d had. Michelle, a parent from Anchorsholme, told us “Lachlan will cherish his medal and was so excited telling his grandad that he’d seen one of Jimmy Armfields England caps”. 

“The Jimmy Armfield Memorial competition was a wonderful tribute to my late father. Dad was always a strong supporter of youth football, encouraging team play, fitness and lots of fun. Each school participated and what would have pleased dad more than anything was how much fun the children had. Well done to all taking part, Armfield Academy for hosting and the organisation from Chris and the team at the Community Trust. Look forward to many more to come”.

The competition forms part of the Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars programme, which uses the appeal of football clubs to provide a variety of provision in local primary schools. 

Chris Debar, Senior PE Officer for the Community Trust, was happy with how the day went and the impact it had had on the pupils. “The aim of today was to help inspire pupils, give them a chance to play lots of football and leave knowing a little more about Jimmy Armfield and why he’s such a big figure for both the club and the town. I’ve seen lots of pupils with smiles on their faces and one pupil from Anchorsholme told me how he didn’t want to go home because he was enjoying himself so much. 

We’d like to thank the school for allowing us to use the facility and Duncan for being in attendance for the day, sharing stories about his father and allowing pupils to hold and see some of Jimmy’s achievements. I’d also like to thank Dave Rohman from Sport Blackpool for supporting the event too, where our partnership work is growing from strength to strength to ensure we put on the best competitions for the young people of Blackpool”.