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BLACKPOOL FC SCHOOL OPENING

After receiving official confirmation from the Department for Education, Blackpool FC Community Trust is proud to announce the opening of our very own Independent School.

Blackpool FC School, which is based at Bloomfield Road, has now opened its doors to Year 10 students that require an alternative to mainstream education.

Working with Blackpool Council, Unity Academy, Aspire Academy, Montgomery Academy, Southshore Academy and Educational Diversity, students study full time onsite and complete traditional Maths, English, and Science subjects to GCSE level, whilst also completing project-based learning and BTEC Sports.

In 2022 the school will double its enrolment and bring a new group of Year 10 students whilst continuing to support the current cohort to complete Year 11.

Ashley Hackett, BFCCT Chief Executive Officer, said “This is an enormous day for the Trust and a ground-breaking piece of work, that has been six years in the making.

“The team have worked tirelessly to reach this point and the students on site have already shown a great attitude in class, seeing 91% average attendance across the group.

“We have been tremendously supported on this journey and I must send a special thanks to Paul Turner at Blackpool Council, Sean Bullen at Fylde Coast Academy Trust as well as Simon Sadler and Ben Mansford at Blackpool FC, their open-minded approach and never-ending support has been crucial in this development. I must also thank our Board of Trustees, who have shown a great amount of trust in me, allowing me to start this journey, and finally open the school doors.”

Gemma Trickett, Head of School, said “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Headteacher for Blackpool FC School. I hold a strong belief in the power of education to change children’s lives and the right of every child to receive an excellent education. I am dedicated to building opportunities for students to achieve the highest academic standards, ensuring they are known as individuals and that their unique personality, talents, and interests are nurtured and developed to the full. 

“Blackpool FC School is about developing the whole child and providing opportunities for them to flourish within and beyond the classroom. It is the aim of the entire school team to help each child become a successful learner, and well-rounded individual, who is ready to progress into further education and employment.”

JOB OPPORTUNITY: NCS Manager

We are looking to recruit an NCS Manager to oversee the management and delivery of our growing NCS programme.  

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated NCS (National Citizen Service) Programme Manager to organise and deliver our NCS project for young people aged 15-17. 

This post involves leading, managing and delivering on all aspects of the NCS programme. The role will include regular liaison with schools and colleges across Blackpool and requires line managing all staff within this programme. The successful candidate must have project management experience and have work experience of working in a youth or community setting. 

NCS is a voluntary programme for 15 to 17-year-olds (Y11/12) that will promote: 

• A more cohesive society by mixing participants of different backgrounds 

• A more responsible society by supporting the transition into adulthood for young people

• A more engaged society by enabling young people to work together to create social action projects in their communities. (For more information visit http://www.wearencs.com)

There is a minimum requirement for the holder to have a full valid UK driving licence with business insurance as will be a large part of this role.

To apply download an application form and return to selina.hayes@bfcct.co.uk

Closing date: 5pm Monday 26th July

JOB OPPORTUNITY: High School Hub Officer

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 the independent official charity of Blackpool FC and is looking to add another member of staff to the very successful Education and Employability delivery team.

We are looking to recruit a High School Hub Officer who will deliver on our high school support programme.  The programme will support pupils in high schools across Blackpool through their journey in secondary education (Years 7 -11).  The role will include delivering our research based mental health and resilience programme Premier League Inspires, supporting identified pupils on a one-to-one basis through a range of issues such as self-esteem and achievement, supporting Year 7 pupils in their transition to high school, and delivering our Enterprise programme which aims to raise the aspirations of young people and improve their understanding of the world of work and business.

Please complete and return the attached application form to Secondary Education Manager Simon Smith at:

Email: simon.smith@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Simon Smith, Secondary Education Manager, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Tuesday 20th July, 2021

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Maths Tutor

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 a Maths Tutor who will deliver Functional Skills Maths across our Employability programmes.  

Applications must be submitted to rick.bryan@bfcct.co.uk no later than 5pm on 20th July 2021.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: High School Hub Officer

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 the independent official charity of Blackpool FC and is looking to add another member of staff to the very successful Education and Employability delivery team.

We are looking to recruit a High School Hub Officer who will deliver on our high school support programme.  The programme will support pupils in high schools across Blackpool through their journey in secondary education (Years 7 -11).  The role will include delivering our research based mental health and resilience programme Premier League Inspires, supporting identified pupils on a one-to-one basis through a range of issues such as self-esteem and achievement, supporting Year 7 pupils in their transition to high school, and delivering our Enterprise programme which aims to raise the aspirations of young people and improve their understanding of the world of work and business.

Please complete and return the attached application form to Secondary Education Manager Simon Smith at:

Email: simon.smith@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Simon Smith, Secondary Education Manager, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Tuesday 1st June, 2021

Interviews will take place week Friday 11th June, 2021

Maxwell is our Community Champion

Blackpool FC Captain and Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has been awarded the PFA Community Champion Award for the 2020/21 season. On numerous occasions this year Chris has shown that his role as club captain is to engage with Blackpool FC fans young and old and bring the Club and Community together.

Chris has publicly supported some of the key issues faced by the demographic of our local community during lockdown through the Community Trust. He has given up his time to meet virtually with Blackpool FC Community Trust mental health groups and written letters of support to the older generation of social isolated BFC fans. Chris is a big advocate of education and has spent time talking to pupils from local schools and our own BFCCT Sports College students about the importance of bettering yourself through education.

Chris Maxwell said: 

“I’m very proud and honoured to receive this award. It’s an award that I strive for every year, not only to win the award but to try and make a difference, however small within the community. Every player should relish the opportunity to take part in community activities, such as going to schools or, in this year particularly, having Zoom calls with fan groups and organisations to pass on a bit of inspiration or guidance.”

Ashley Hackett, CEO, Blackpool FC Community Trust said:

“It’s always great to get the support of the Blackpool FC First Team, especially when they are as passionate about our community as our staff are. Chris has been great at getting involved with a variety of the programmes we offer speaking with participants young and old from a number of different backgrounds.

“Chris has also had an impact on our own sports college students helping give them an insight in what it takes to be a part of the professional sports industry. This knowledge is invaluable and it’s not possible to get the same experience anywhere else.

“Congratulations to Chris on a very well deserved award and we look forward to working with him and the rest of the first team in the near future.”

EFL CLUBS COLLECTIVELY AWARDED PROJECT OF THE YEAR FOR COVID RESPONSE

All 72 EFL Clubs have been recognised for their collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic by being named as the recipients of the You Gov Community Project of the Year Award at the 2021 EFL Community Awards. 

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, shutting down all aspects of society, including bringing football to a halt en masse for the first time since the Second World War, Clubs came together as a force for good, and were among the first to respond to the needs of local communities across England and Wales.

Clubs and their Club Community Organisations (CCOs) adapted their outreach programmes in line with Government guidance and restrictions, to ensure the safe continuation of their incredible work. It’s work which has provided a lifeline for so many, helping to keep people healthy, active and connected since the outbreak of coronavirus. 

From Cardiff to Carlisle and Bristol to Blackpool, Clubs and CCOs continued to provide vital support to some of the country’s most vulnerable people.

This award is testament to the fantastic work the network has done in responding to the needs of their communities during the global pandemic. Over the past year EFL clubs and community schemes have:

·         Delivered over 1.4million food parcels

·         Made and received over 500,000 phone calls to elderly and vulnerable people, as well as their season ticket holders

·         Donated over 2,000 laptops to local schools

·         Distributed almost 200,000 items of PPE

·         Footballers signed up to volunteer for the NHS

·         Weekly garden gate visits to the most vulnerable and lonely

This award showcases the collective and individual responses made to the challenges of the pandemic and demonstrates the fantastic work the network has done in responding to the needs of their communities during what has been an incredibly difficult period for everyone.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Media Officer

Blackpool FC Community Trust is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated, individual to aid in the delivery of the Community Trust’s marketing.

Some key tasks include writing press releases and impact stories, developing marketing campaigns, the production of promotional materials, graphic design, photography, video editing and website administration. A more complete list of tasks can be found on the Job Description below.

If you are interested in applying for the role, please complete the application form and return it to jack.shields@bfcct.co.uk.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 28th May 2021

Successful candidates will be notified before Friday 4th June with interviews to take place the following week.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PRE-TRAINEESHIP PASTORAL LEAD

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 to the very successful Education and Employability delivery team.

We are looking for a Pastoral Lead to oversee the wellbeing of trainees on our new Pre-Traineeship programme for 18-24 year olds.  The programme will support people in Blackpool who are furthest away from employment.

The programme focusses on key employability skills, building confidence and Functional Skills qualifications. The job description can be found below.

Once completed please send the completed form to:

E-mail: Selina.hayes@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Selina Hayes, Head of Education, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 9th April 2021.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: HEAD OF SCHOOL (ALTERNATE EDUCATION)

Blackpool FC Community Trust is very excited to launch one of its most exciting and challenging new provisions, since the Charity was developed over eleven years ago.

In September 2021, the Trust intends to open its doors as an independent school, to support the Alternate Education Provision in Blackpool, with a particular focus on Year 10 and 11 pupils, struggling to engage in mainstream education. 

The first appointment for this establishment is to recruit a Head of School, who will lead on the strategic overview and initial development of the curriculum to be delivered, deal with the Department of Education and Ofsted with our registration as an Independent School and work alongside the Trusts CEO to recruit students, staff and prepare the facilities for our opening date. 

The Community Trust is an independent registered charity and this post will join the Senior Leadership Team. 

Once completed please send the form to:

E-mail: ashley.hackett@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday 15th March 2021