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BFCCT Supporting Blackpool Food Bank

Blackpool FC Community Trust are happy to announce that we are teaming up with Blackpool Foodbank and hosting a food donation drop off point here at Bloomfield Road!

We feel it is really important that we support this worthwhile cause within the town to make sure that no local residents go hungry during the festive period.

Please bring any donations you can with you to the home matches on Saturday 7th and Saturday 21st December. Our drop off point will be in our NEW Education and Community Centre and will be open from 1:30pm- 14:45pm .

Why not join us for some fun pre game activities whilst you are there, these run before every league home game?

The Foodbank have requested the following items, please join us in donating whatever you can….every item helps.

Tinned Soups
Pasta Sauce
Diluting Squash (1LTR max)
Tinned Meat
Tinned Fish
Tinned Pies
Tinned Vegetables
Tinned Fruit
Longlife Milk (UHT – 1LTR max)

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: FIT Fans; FIT Phyz, Changing Rooms, Get Set To Go; 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.

How to apply:
Application forms can be downloaded via our website Alternatively, you can request an application form from Dave Maclean by email: or telephone 01253 348691 to request a paper version.Interviews will take place on Tuesday 14th January 2020.

Closing Date: No later than 5pm Monday 6th January 2020

Interview Date: Tuesday 14th January 2020

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

Unstoppable: How & Why it started

Unstoppable featured in Teach, Read and Write.

Blackpool FC Community Trust have long since enjoyed a working relationship with Dan Freedman. When he released his new book ‘Unstoppable’, we were very keen to again work closely with him to produce a new P.S.H.E scheme of work for local Blackpool Primary Schools. As one of the Physical Education officers for the Community Trust I was given the task of writing the scheme of work and delivering it in the local schools. The scheme was introduced to schools through a book event held at Bloomfield Road, in which Dan attended and addressed the children about his new book. All children that attended also went home with a copy of the book. 

Thursday afternoons sees the time for me to deliver the first sessions of the new PSHE programme ‘Unstoppable’ in Westminster Academy in Blackpool. The year 6 class chosen to trial the programme is made up of a varied demographic and the school itself is in one of the most deprived areas of Blackpool. These reasons contributed to the class being chosen for the trial. 

 Kyle is an 11 year old boy and a prominent member of the class. On meeting Kyle, his class teacher Miss Moore described him as the usual ‘class clown.’ He would play up in order to get a laugh out of the class, which often led him to be removed and sent to the focus room. The ‘focus room’ is an area where students have a time out session with members of senior management. Kyle was the first to admit that he spends far too much time in there but couldn’t explain the reasons he kept getting removed from class. ‘I just get bored and can’t help myself’ was the response he gave when questioned about his removal. Kyle also struggles academically and very rarely records his ideas through written work. 

From the very first encounter with Kyle I was able to form a bond made up of mutual respect and understanding. Kyle had previously struggled to explain his feelings and give his opinion. When questioned later on as to why he enjoyed the PSHE lessons so much he stated ‘I’m allowed to give my opinion and no body can say I’m wrong because that’s my opinion.’ This is something that I reiterated throughout the lessons – there was no right or wrong answers and we were always respectful of others ideas and opinions. The very first lesson was discussing family dynamics, a topic for which some of the children found extremely hard. Many of their families were separated with a parent or siblings living in different houses. We used ‘Unstoppable’ to look at the relationships between the Campbells (the main family in the book) in the first instance; that although there were times they didn’t like each other it was still clear they loved each other and that also we need to celebrate our differences as well as our similarities. The children were then asked to produce a collage of their own families. In the beginning Kyle was reluctant – he has many siblings and was convinced they didn’t have anything in common that they did as a family. However, after some discussion he realised that they enjoyed watching the football together and going to the cinema to watch a film. He recognised that these events didn’t happen too often but when they did, they were special. He could relate to Kaine’s feelings in the book of dislike towards his sister who he thought he had nothing in common with, however, it didn’t mean that they weren’t still a family and he realised he needed to take more of an interest into his sister’s life.  

 As the weeks progressed Kyle became more confident and very insightful, answering questions in a way myself or the teacher hadn’t thought of. His classmates began to notice a difference in Kyle also with one of them making a fleeting comment ‘Kyle is always answering in these lessons, he’s normally been sent out by now.’ For once Kyle was getting attention for the right reasons and the change in him was amazing; his behaviour was exemplary and his contribution to the class was more than he’d made all year. In one instance, when a fellow student was starting to distract him, he stood up and moved himself away in order to continue his work.

 Throughout the weeks there were a number of tough subjects and issue tackled: appropriate adult relationships, a five-step behaviour model, a three-step process to tackle difficult situations, good and bad secrets, fair and unfair behaviour and family dynamics. For each lesson, the structure was very similar; we would first discuss the topic using the characters and situations from the book before moving on to considering the issues in their real-life setting. This made the children feel safe and comfortable talking about the issue in the first instance as they were almost ‘hiding behind’ the characters first before having to talk about themselves. The end part of a session would be looking at signposting children to ways of dealing with any issues that came up. For example, what to do and who to talk to if you felt you had an inappropriate relationship with an adult.

 Miss Moore, the class teacher said The issues in the book are very current and relevant. The sessions have worked really well, children are all excited as it covers age appropriate issues. Being able to discuss those issues in a non-pressure situation has made the children feel really comfortable.’ 

An example of this was seen when we used the five-step model to recognise thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical responses to a situation. The students were given different scenarios from the book for example Kaine dealing with the death of his Grandmother and asked to fill in the five-step template provided to them. We discussed the different scenarios as a class so that the children felt comfortable with the model. They were then asked to choose a situation from their own lives and again fill in the template. I always made it clear that nobody would be made to share anything that they didn’t feel comfortable in doing so. Kyle shared with the class his thoughts and feelings on moving up into high school, a topic that then was very relevant to the rest of the class. Kyle again was insightful on how he might feel and how he planned on coping with the huge change in his life. With him sharing his thoughts it encouraged others to contribute to the discussion. This was often the case in the sessions, once one of the students (typically Kyle) started to open up the about real-life personal issues the rest of the class would follow. 

The children have benefited greatly from the sessions, with some even being signposted for further support. Using ‘Unstoppable’ has been a great tool for the sessions as the children are able to relate to the characters on a deeper level and it aids the discussion of tough issues.

Programme & Memorabilia Fair at Bloomfield Road…

Rob Frowen talks about the recent Programme Fair and how it all came about.

Sometime during the summer I thought that as the feel-good factor was now percolating through all things tangerine – at long last – I’d see if I could get a Programme Fair off the ground. I’d recently started working with the BFC Community Trust in mental health projects so I decided to broach the idea to them. So, cutting a long story short, a Fair duly got off the ground on Sunday 3rd November. It was held at the lavishly revamped Education & Community Centre (or, to be a little clearer for some, the site of the old club shop at the North end of the stadium).

A fantastic total of fifteen stallholders attended the Fair, each displaying a wide array of all things memorabilia-wise. One guy, who deserved a medal, travelled up country from Plymouth to sell his stuff! And my wife, who helped throughout the event, noted that in excess of a healthy one hundred customers came through the doors. 

The memorabilia ranged from programmes to ticket stubs, pennants to enamel badges to hats, scarves and medals.. and far more. The most expensive item being offered? Well, that may well have been my 1922 FA Cup Final programme – featuring Huddersfield Town against that team from ‘just down the M55’. It was priced at £1,750 but, alas, it didn’t sell!

To boost the figure that we raised we organised a raffle and many attractive memorabilia prizes were up for grabs – all kindly donated. These included a nice example of the 1953 FA Cup Final programme and, in theory, one could win this iconic slice of ‘Pool history for just 20p!

The funds raised from the Fair are being utilised for the benefit of the Community Trust’s weekly Sporting Memories group. This group is aimed at all older sports fans. It has proved to be a real lifeline as many of those involved live in isolation and, in some cases, also with dementia. Additionally, we’ll also be using some cash to co-ordinate several days trips beginning with a day out to the National Football Museum in Manchester.

The day proved to be a great success with many collectors asking “when’s the next one?” which was pretty gratifying to hear. And, following a meeting with the Community Trust staff soon afterwards, plans are well underway for a Summer 2020 follow-up Fair – only hopefully bigger and better still. So watch this space!

Written by : Rob Frowen

More information on all our provision for Over 50’s can be found HERE

BTEC Students: Three wins out of three

Blackpool BTEC students make it three league wins out of three to continue their great start to the season with a resounding 10-2 victory over Preston North End ‘C’

Blackpool managed to start quickly on a freezing cold Wednesday afternoon with Kai Clarkson-Lowe driving down the left wing and delivering a threatening cross, which found its way to Lewis Loughran on the edge of the area. He struck the ball ferociously on the half volley into the back of the net.

The game turned scrappy on a tight pitch, but under pressure James Ashworth cut inside and laid the ball off to Tom Hanslip, who knocked the ball out of his feet and smashed the ball into the bottom right hand corner from 25 yards out, doubling the BTEC students lead.

A third goal swiftly followed when Corey Bethel won Blackpool a penalty. The penalty was slotted home by Lewis to earn him his second goal of the game. 

Blackpool were caught sleeping at the back from a simple long ball which left the Preston striker one on one with the keeper. The Number 15 remained calm and dribbled past the on rushing keeper and tapped in the Lilywhites first goal of the game, offering PNE a lifeline. 

The half seemed to be coming to a close, with the tempo of the game dropping, then Tom had time to turn in the middle of the pitch. He supplied Kai with a sublime lofted through ball which left Kai one on one with the opposition keeper, who failed to keep out his powerful effort into the bottom right hand corner. 

HALF TIME: Preston North End ‘c’ 1 – 4 Blackpool FC

Blackpool continued to show their dominance with a replica of the Seasiders fourth goal occurred, when Tom’s through ball left Kai in behind the Lilywhites back four. However, this time Kai smashed the ball into the roof of the net, leaving the PNE keeper no chance. Malachi Eaves added a sixth when the defender picked up the ball on the edge of the box and slotted the ball in the bottom right hand corner. 

A moment of magic from Tom gave Blackpool their seventh of the game and his second, when he chipped the ball over the keeper from the halfway line. This is definitely already placed on the list for goal of the season.

Kai continued to torment the Preston backline who could only manage to foul him in the area. This gave the Tangerines their second penalty of the game. Lewis stepped up and secured his Hat-trick by blasting the ball into the bottom left hand corner. 

Substitute Charlie Smith got himself his first goal of the season when he pounced on the dropped ball by the keeper, widening the score line further. Preston managed to score their second goal of the game in the closing stages when the striker slotted the ball past Blackpool’s number one after he latched onto a good ball by the PNE central midfielder. 

Blackpool ended the game in style with Kai getting himself a Hat-trick by chipping the keeper from close distance inside the area. This rounded off a fantastic victory for the BTEC students and kept up the great league form. 

FULL TIME: Preston North End ‘c’ 2 – 10 Blackpool FC

Written by Joe Shaw (BTEC Student)

New Programme: Changing Rooms is making a difference

We asked participants taking part in the new Changing Rooms programme how they are feeling and what impact the course is having on them.

Ricky – ‘This is a course that people can enjoy, the group and the staff are fantastic. I have been doing things that I would not normally do, however my mental and physical health has improved since starting the programme. I feel content in a group now and do not feel isolated.’

Ricky used to eat 3 / 4 kebabs a week and would be constantly drinking energy drinks. He now hasn’t had a kebab in 4 weeks and doesn’t drink energy drinks at all.

Sabrina – ‘The course so far has been great, fun and easy going. I do not suffer with my anxiety as much anymore. Before the programme, I really struggled to go into a shop without having a panic attack. This programme has helped me so much so far that I can now go shopping without a struggle.’

On the first occasion that the group met, Sabrina couldn’t come into the room and on the second occasion, Sabrina could only stand in the door way and pop her head in. Sabrina is now an integral part of the group and has really come out of her shell as her personality shines each week and spreads joy across the group. She is also extremely supportive with the others in the group.  

40 Children Attend Fit2Go Quiz at Bloomfield Road Stadium.

Fit2Go aims to encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle, take part in regular physical activity and to join in with local sports clubs and community programmes which will ultimately improve their overall health and wellbeing.

It is currently delivered for FREE to Year 4 pupils in every primary school in Blackpool over a six week period.   The half term after their programme has finished the school are invited to take part in a summary quiz at the home of Blackpool FC, Bloomfield Road Stadium, to see how much they can remember.

At the beginning of November The Community Trust welcomed 40 children to the quiz: Stanley Primary School, St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Norbreck Academy and Anchorsholme Academy.  Congratulations to Stanley Primary School who came out on top. 

The Fit2Go team will continue to deliver in the next six schools and will welcome them along to a quiz in the New Year. 

Rosie Newton, Health Education Manager, said, “The quiz is a great opportunity for children to recap what they have learnt over the past six weeks.  It is also an exciting opportunity for them to learn in a different environment to school.”

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need

Ever wondered if BBC Children in Need help your local community?  Well they do! 

Thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need, Blackpool FC Community Trust are able to run the following activities and reach more families across Blackpool.

The Toddler Group, which takes place at Highfield Methodist Church on a Monday, helps develop fine and gross motor skills in 0 – 4 year olds.  It also helps to prepare pre- schoolers for school as well as providing a fun and friendly environment for them and their families to come along to. Activities delivered at this session are thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need.

Amy Robinson, one of the parents who attends, said: 

“I think The Community Trust are doing a great job.  There are lots of different toys for a range of ages and all are safe.  The table activities are fab and fruit, drinks and toast is a lovely touch for the kids to sit down together. Thank you!”

The Community Trust are also able to deliver FREE after school clubs across Blackpool for 5 – 7 year olds, engaging them in physical activity and discussions about healthy lifestyles.

Rosie Newton, Health & Education Manager, said:

“It’s great that we are able to deliver these activities which are available to children across Blackpool and that is thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need”.

Blackpool FC Community Trust are also able to run FREE after school clubs at SEN schools across Blackpool. Ensuring everyone in our community has the opportunity to access physical activity sessions. 

Dave Maclean, Community Engagement Manager, said:

“Being able to offer this inclusive provision is very rewarding.  The Children in Need Funding allows us to increase participants physical activity levels each week, with specific sessions that develop their motor skills as they try new activities and sports.   We are excited to see this new provision develop and impact young people who otherwise may not be able to access such activity.”

BBC Children in Need will be broadcasted on Friday 15thNovember 2019 on BBC.  

For more information about Blackpool FC Community Trust call 01253 348 691, visit: follow BFCCT on social media. 

Supporting Veterans

Each week we host a weekly veterans coffee morning for ex-armed forces and their families / carers, which takes place at the stadium. This week, in the build up to Remembrance Day, we were delighted to host Park School, which is an SEN school in Blackpool. The children and adults had a great time sharing stories and information about the military and our armed forces, and we have agreed to do it again next year! 

At the recent Peterborough match, we also invited several armed forces related partners to attend the match as guests of the club and the Trust, to discuss
the future direction of our own veterans work. In attendance that day were the Royal British Legion, Duke of Lancaster Regiment, BST Veterans Representative, Fylde Memorial Arboretum and Community Woodland, Club Chaplain. We also distributed 40 tickets to local veterans. 

For Saturday’s match we also had a significant contribution from the Trust as we invited six people, with links to the forces and the work that we do, to lead the team out. They are David Wylie (Royal Marines), Jordan Wylie (King’s Royal Hussars), Marianna Mitchell (Royal Army Medical Corp), Anthony Finch (Army Cadets), John Lawlor (Gurkhas) and Vinnie Lawlor (Gurkhas). 

Marianna and her son, Anthony, have been pivotal in supporting our weekly veterans’ group, which John and Vinnie come along to as well. We are also very fortunate to have our own Veterans Ambassador and star of TV series Hunted, Jordan Wylie attend too with his father. All are Blackpool born and support Blackpool FC and we are proud of them all. 

All of this builds on the work we did last year developing the project, which coincided with the Armistice Day centenary remembrance. One of the projects we worked on was to identify how many people represented Blackpool FC that had fallen during WWI. We were informed by the National Football Museum that there were six, but thanks to our local club historian, Gerry Wolstenholme, we identified two more. We linked in with the Fylde Memorial Arboretum and Community Woodland, a memorial area for local people who have fallen during conflict, and we now have an area dedicated to Blackpool FC, with trees and plaques to remember. In the coming years we would like to take this further and would welcome ideas. 

Finally, our veterans and armed forces project was able to begin with funding from the Royal British Legion, for which we are very grateful. While the funding has expired and the work has been challenging, it has also been immensely rewarding. We are proud to support the Royal British Legion to raise awareness around this year’s campaign to Remember Together. In 2019 The Royal British Legion is asking communities across Britain to come together, join together and remember together the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together 75 years ago. You can find out more about this by visiting their website. 

If you would like to know more about the work we do supporting the veterans community, or you would like to get involved, please visit our website or contact Jason White on 01253 348691 or