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NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Stress Control Course

Blackpool FC Community Trust will be working with Supporting Minds to offer a Stress Control course. This is free to attend and will take place at Bloomfield Road for six consecutive weeks starting on Thursday 31st October from 5.30-7pm. The programme will look to give people techniques to reduce stress by learning better coping strategies.  ‘Stress’ can involve a range of problems – anxiety, depression, panic, insomnia, poor self-esteem, low self-confidence, irritability and burnout. Stress Control combines stress management with Mindfulness and Positive Psychology strategies to boost wellbeing. Classes are supported by slideshow presentations, hand-outs, video, audio and relaxation and mindfulness tracks (CD or on-line). There is no discussion of personal problems during the course. 

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In addition to the new provision that we have announced this week, it is also worth mentioning that all our community provision supports positive mental health. This includes our range of older adults’ activities such as Sporting Memories, Extra Time, Walking Football, and our veterans programmes, all of which aim to reduce social isolation and help people age well. Additionally, we also run a very popular free weight management programme called Football Fans in Training for adults aged 35+ with a BMI of 28+ or waist size of 38+.

To keep up to date with new times, dates and activities you can follow BFCCT on social media too.

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BTEC Match Report: Blackpool FC vs Carlisle United

The Seasiders thought back from 2-0 to take all three points after a sensational strike by James Ashworth kick started a brilliant second half performance. 

It was a disastrous start to the BTEC students 2019/2020 campaign as they went 1-0 down inside 60 seconds. A long ball cut open the Blackpool defence leaving the Carlisle striker through on goal. The striker took his chance well slotting the ball through the keepers legs.

Things went from bad to worse as Carlisle were in full control and deservingly doubled their lead only 10 minutes later. A great pass from the Blues number 8 once again split the defence and his teammate took the ball round the en-rushing Blackpool keeper to give his side a dream start to the game. 

25 minutes played and Blackpool have finally woken up. Blackpool nearly pulled back level with a goalmouth scramble and a close range shot from Tom Hanslip, but the keeper had strong wrists to keep his effort out. 

After a few heated moments and strong challenges flying in from both sides. Blackpool were handed a lifeline just before the break when a superb through ball from Kai Clarkson-Lowe sent Lewis Loughran through on goal who then blasted the ball into the bottom left hand corner to halve the deficit. 

Half Time: Carlisle United 2-1 Blackpool FC

Blackpool started the second half the way they ended the first with some fast flowing football down the left hand side. Jack Robbins and Kai both went close to making the scoreline level however both efforts were smothered by the Blues keeper. 

15 minutes into the second half Tom got the better of his man and directed his header wide towards the left, which sat up perfectly for James Ashworth to strike the ball on the half volley from 25 yards out into the top right hand corner, giving the Carlisle keeper no chance and making the score 2-2. 

It’s all Blackpool and Callum Brown drives through the heart of the Cumbrians defence sending the ball wide to the left leaving Kai through on goal, who then slotted the ball underneath the approaching Carlisle keeper to give Blackpool the lead for the first time in the match. 

The one goal lead wasn’t enough with Blackpool searching for more in the final 10 minutes. Cal Brown picked up the ball deep inside the Carlisle half and plays an intelligent reverse pass to Lewis which split the defence and left Lewis one on one with the keeper, again getting the better of him and doubling Blackpool’s lead.

The game were drawing to a close with only a few minutes left on the clock, Josh Summers-Green picks up the ball on the right wing and plays it inside to Tom who’s waiting on the edge. Tom brings the ball down well and expertly guides his shot into the bottom right corner, sealing off a fantastic second half performance for the seasiders. 

Full Time: Carlisle United 2-5 Blackpool FC

Written by: Joe Shaw, BTEC Level 3 second year student.

Kids Cup

Blackpool FC Community Trust delivered its annual EFL Trust Kids Cup on Monday 30thSeptember 2019 at Stanley Park Blackpool.   18 schools from across Blackpool accepted their invite to participate in the Kids Cup for the opportunity to win a place in the local Final which will be played at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 12thOctober 2019.

Organiser of this year’s local Kids Cup, Physical Education Officer Oli Clarke said, “I was delighted to see so many children and teachers enjoy their day whilst engaging in physical activity.  This year’s EFL Trust Kids Cup has been a fantastic success.  We’ve had over 160 children from across Blackpool come to this wonderful facility at Stanley Park to take part in a football competition. This is my first year at the Trust and it has been something I have really enjoyed being involved in. I am looking forward to seeing everyone participate again next year.” 

Moor Park Primary School were one of many schools who participated in the Kids Cup and Mr Kellett praised The Community Trust for their fantastic work in schools and within the community.  Mr Kellett said, “The Kids Cup is a fantastic opportunity for children to showcase their talents and enjoy football in a fun environment.  The BFCCT team have pulled off a very well organised competition and the children have really enjoyed their day. The standard of football has been very high.” 

After an eventful day of group stages, quarter finals and semi finals the last two teams standing where Roseacre Primary School and Norbreck Primary Academy.  The pair will now grace the Bloomfield Road turf in the local Final of the EFL Trust Kids Cup.

Both Norbreck Academy and Roseacre Primary School have been runners up in the competition in recent years,  Norbreck losing on penalties in 2017 and Roseacre in a narrow 1 – 0 defeat after extra-time in the previous year.

The winners from the Final between Roseacre Primary School and Norbreck Primary Academy will go to represent Blackpool FC Community Trust in the League One North Regional Competition against other schools for a chance to play at Wembley. 

NEW PROGRAMME: Changing Rooms

Blackpool FC Community Trust is very proud to announce a brand new project to be delivered, Changing Rooms.

In partnership with EFL Trust and DWP, the project will work with anyone over the age of 16 that is currently the furthest away from employment they can be. They will be supported over a 12 week period to increase their confidence, health and wellbeing as well as developing the skills needed to enter employment in the future. 

Participants are identified by our local DWP offices and interviewed to gain entry to the course. 

Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive at BFCCT said; “We are really focused on supporting all corners of our community, so the new Changing Rooms Programme fills us with great enthusiasm to offer a new target group an opportunity to access our services. Changing Rooms can work as a great entry into a number of our programmes, including our really successful Traineeship provision, KickStart, which has had some amazing impact on local people, with 71% of our participants on that programme entering full time employment or education after their involvement.” 

Mike Evans, Director of Operations, EFL Trust comments:

“We are delighted that Blackpool is kicking off delivery of our ‘Changing Room’ programme. ‘Changing Room’ joins ‘Match Fit’ as part of the EFL Trust suite of ‘Training Ground’ employability programmes that Job Centres can commission.  ‘Changing Room’ will initially be offered at the Club Community Organisations of Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Wycombe Wanderers, and Plymouth Argyle Football Clubs. The EFL Trust is confident that the programmes will deliver fantastic outcomes for unemployed people in these communities and in other areas as the programmes are rolled out across the EFL Trust network.”

The first course starts on Tuesday 8th  October 2019, with our second course starting in new year.

For more information please call 01253 348 691

Alternate Education Reaches More Students

Blackpool FC Community Trust is very proud to announce the extension of its Alternate Education programme in local secondary schools. 

The project is aimed at year 10 and 11 students who are closest to permanent exclusion and offers them the chance to attend Bloomfield Road once a week, for a full day, over the whole academic year, to complete a BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness. 

Pupils must agree to attend school through the rest of the week and improve their behaviour to continue their involvement. 

Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive Officer at Blackpool FC Community Trust said; “This is a very important support we are giving to our local schools, to try to help some of the hardest to engage pupils into a subject that interests them. We ran the programme with one group last season, as a pilot with St Georges School and the impact on the eight students has been very positive and all the credit has to go to Sophie Breakell from our team, who worked with the year 10 group for the whole year. We are now very excited to role this offer across the town and to expand to five groups for the next season is a great success. We believe this programme will become a key feature in support for schools and comes at a great time with the opening of our brand new Education and Community Centre at Bloomfield Road.”

The programme will be delivered over the course of this academic year with two groups from St Georges, Unity, Ed Diversity and Highfield schools. 

World Mental Health Awareness Day 2019

Thursday 10th October 2019 is World Mental Health Awareness Day.

Blackpool FC Community Trust (BFCCT) will be supporting this by working with a number of organisations at the Blackpool FC home match against Rotherham United on Saturday 12thOctober.  

Lancashire Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Supporting Minds, Blackpool Carers Centre, Blackpool Inspirations, will all have a presence on the day to speak with people and raise awareness of Mental Health.  There will also be volunteers from Samaritans available with information about how to contact them and find help should you need it. 

Representatives from Premier League Foundation, Blackpool Council/Public Health and NHS will also be supporting the event.  

Get Vocal is the Mental Health campaign that is run by Blackpool Council and forms part of the sponsorship with the club. The accompanying Get Vocal video will be played on the ‘big screen’ to showcase their local campaign for the Blackpool community.  Blackpool FC players will also be getting involved by proudly wearing Get Vocal shirts as they warm up for the match. 

Increasing and maintaining positive mental health in our local community is extremely important to BFCCT.  To highlight this, we will be posting videos on our social media throughout the week from participants who currently attend our provisions to show what a positive impact the activities that we deliver can have.  

On Saturday 12thOctober 2019 we will also have staff available to inform the community about what activities we provide that they can get involved in; from Get Set to Go, FREE football activities for 16 year olds and over, to our NEW Premier League Inspires programmes which will be delivered in local High schools. 

BFCCT VS Blackburn Rovers CT

Hear from Joe, a current BTEC Level 3 student, who participated in the friendly fixture against Blackburn Rovers Community Trust. 

Jack Robbins fires an overhead kick past the helpless Blackburn keeper to keep confidence high ahead of the new season.

Tom Hanslip played the ball wide to Josh Summers-Green, who produced an inch perfect cross for Jack, allowing him to score in spectacular fashion for the seasiders early on in the game. 

BFCCT were dominating possession in the early stages being 2-0 up after 5 minutes, however they were caught sleeping at the back. A simple long ball from the keeper split the defense leaving the rovers striker clear on goal, however his effort was denied, and Blackpool kept hold of their lead. 

The miss ended up being costly as BFCCT then countered and ended up adding to their lead with Jack’s sensational effort outfoxing the Rovers number 1. The lads playing in tangerine were playing great football with some smart passing from the back into midfield which caused the opposition problems throughout the match. 

One of these passages of play lead to Owen Walmsley being through on goal who slotted it calmly passed the incoming Rovers keeper. 25 minutes played and the seasiders are 5-0 up controlling the game. 

The match suddenly becomes very stretched with both teams trying to score goals, Brad Smith plays the ball into the box which causes confusion between defense and keeper leaving Jack to score into an empty net, far less spectacular as his last goal. Two goals weren’t enough as Jack also pounces on an effort saved off the line to get his hat-trick. 

During the final minutes of the half Tom Hanslip makes a driving run through the heart of the rovers defense, riding challenges and eventually ending up 1 on 1 with the keeper, Tom decides to take the ball round the Rovers number 1 and slotted the ball home to make the score an incredible 8-0.

Blackburn ended the half strongly with Blackpool dropping deep and inviting pressure. The Rovers striker collected the ball on the edge of the box and struck the ball into the top left hand corner of the Blackpool net from distance with a great effort, leaving the keeper rooted to his spot 8-1. 

The second half was not as exciting as the first, but Blackpool did take an early opportunity through Lewis Loughran with a precise finish into the bottom right hand corner. Blackpool still tried to score more goals, however the Blackburn keeper was excellent and denied the Seasiders on many occasions, showing great shot stopping ability with some fantastic saves from close range. 

The seasiders were resilient though and managed to score once again when Josh Summers- Green picked up a loose pass and scored from 40 yards out with a dinked shot over the keeper’s head enhancing the commanding lead. 

The tempo of the game dropped with neither team fully committing, but then later on in the half Brad Wilsonscored a great goal from a tight angle on the left hand side of the byline with a chip floating over the keeper and into the Rovers net.

In the remaining minutes of the game, the keeper denies Lewis from close range with a good stop down to his left, but Kai Clarkson-Lowe is there with the re-bound to seal off an emphatic victory for the BTEC students. 


For more information on BFCCT education opportunities follow: BFCCT on social media or call 01253 348 691. 

You VS Trains

Everyone loses when you step on the track.

Did you know that 25,000 volts of electricity run through the overhead cables that power your train? Or that this power can jump? Or that trains can silently reach speeds of 125mph? Or that the power for the railway is never turned off?

Stepping on the tracks can result in life changing injuries…and your friends and family will also be left with the consequences.

That’s why we are proudly supporting EFL Trust and the You Vs Train campaign, to educate our young people about dangers on the railway.

Our community is at the heart of everything we do so we are asking that you help us to share this vital message, talk to your children and help to keep this community safe.

Visit www.YouVsTrain to find out more.

The EFL Trust is working in partnership with the rail industry to ensure our future generations understand the dangers and make the right choice to stay off the track.

“I have never experienced anything like this before”

Participants, volunteers and staff took part in a 150 miles challenge from coast to coast last week. Will, BFCCT Education Officer, talks about his experiences and how he has, “never experienced anything like this before.”

So, why the extreme challenge? We all have aspirations to challenge ourselves in one shape or another. Be that academically or physically and on different platforms. 

As a keen sportsman and teacher with a chronic immune disease, type 1 diabetes, I have always tried to push the boundaries of what can be achieved and inspiring the new generation of type 1s. This has been my main motivation for pursuing ultra running. Secondly, I want to inspire the numerous young people I teach that there are no limits to what they achieve, providing they are willing to put time and effort in. Further to this, in recent times there has been a lot of media stigma surrounding mental health. I used the last two years of training to encourage my friends, family and colleagues to join me whilst running to talk and make a difference to people’s mental health and wellbeing. 

After recently completing the Lakeland 100, which navigates 100 miles through some of The Lake District’s finest scenery, Dave Marsland (Blackpool Football Club Community Trust) asked me if I would like to complete a coast-to-coast run for charity. The chosen charities were Blackpool Football Club Community Trust and The Carer’s Trust, two fantastic charities that give so much back to the local community of Blackpool.   

Months of planning and fundraising had us starting the coast-to-coast run in Scarborough on Thursday 19thSeptember at 8.30am, with a plan to run straight through to Blackpool with no sleep. The hope was to complete Friday evening at 5pm. The run was supported by Helen Jenkins from the Carer’s Trust and Marianne Proietti., who did a fantastic job keeping us fed, hydrated and safe. I really couldn’t have asked for better support! 

The run was self navigated and was tough and arduous. There were lots of adversities to overcome mentally. Navigating wrong in the first 20 miles was a tough pill to swallow. Knowing I still had to run over 130 miles and adding 4 miles on to the run was difficult to get my mind around, especially as I was leading three other runners. I quickly learnt to block this out and get on with the task. The miles ticked on and I found myself running alone. The long laborious run down the A59 was very dangerous, with no clear pathways and took a lot of mental strength and concentration to keep going. A tactic I used was to do live feeds on Facebook. This gave me a sense that people were supporting me through this tough time  and the messages kept me plugging away. 

A knee injury 60 miles in to the run was a low point. I thought all of the hard work I put in was all for nothing. Some strong painkillers and a knee support from Helen allowed me to continue at a walking pace. I was gutted at the thought of having to walk nearly 90 miles, but I told myself it was that or nothing. Not only motivated for my own selfish reasons, I wanted to ensure that I secured the sponsorship money for both charities. 

Inevitably, the task became harder and sower once I’d past the 100-mile mark. Luckily I had almost reached home territory. Friends and family decided to come out and meet me along the way. They brought much needed food, medical supplies and company to while away some miles. The last 10 miles seemed to go on forever.  Fatigue, injury and hallucinations had set in. I have never experienced anything like this before and it was very scary. Determination drove me through at this point, with an ounce of stubbornness and I made it. 46 hours and 44 minutes. One of my greatest achievements to date. Not just because I had completed, but also the community spirit shown to get me there during tough times. Messages, face time, miles donated during training, raising awareness for type 1 diabetics, the two charities and moreover, breaking barriers for mental health and well being. 

Will Cowell is an Education Officer for Blackpool FC Community Trust and our congratulations goes to him and extends to the rest of the team that took part too.

It’s not too late to donate:

Tiny Tangerines: Community Football


Blackpool FC Community Trust are now delivering our community football sessions ‘Tiny Tangerines’ every Tuesday and Thursday for 4-7 year olds at two NEW Blackpool indoor venues. 

Venues and Times 

  • Unity Academy (Tuesdays), Warbreck Hill RoadFY2 0TR

Pre-school and Reception children: 5:00pm – 5:45pm

Years 1 & 2 children: 6:00pm – 6:45pm

  • Armfield Academy (Thursdays), Lytham RoadFY4 1JG

Pre-school and Reception children: 5:00pm – 5:45pm

Years 1 & 2 children: 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Want to come along? 

Your child’s first visit will be FREE of charge and each session after is just £3.00. 

Parents are required to fill out a consent form, prior to any activity taking place.  These are available at the sessions or to download at  

The aim of the community football sessions is to increase your Tiny Tangerine’s confidence and co-ordination whilst giving them the opportunity to engage with others their age through football. These sessions will be the building blocks for your child’s sporting development and act as a pathway for them to feel comfortable to move into a local grassroots football teams when they are ready. 

Gaz Mosley – Parent

“Since my son has attended Tiny Tangerines (18 months) I have found that Rocco has become more confident and outgoing. As well as improving his football skills each week.

He literally counts down the days until the next session as soon as he leaves the class. He has so much fun!!

All The coaches do a brilliant job too, that shows with the passion they put in every week. These new sessions have introduced Rocco to a bigger group and new friends. He loves coming along.”

Stevie McEwan – Tiny Tangerines Coach

“As the Community Trust we use the power of Blackpool football club to engage and inspire our local community and it is our hope that your Tiny Tangerines become the next generation of Blackpool FC fan or maybe a future Blackpool Player. “

For more information please call: 01253 348 691 or follow BFCCT on social media