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NCS: Community Projects

On Thursday 8thAugust 2019, NCS took Blackpool in various community projects as they come to the end of their programme with each group targeting a different cause within the Blackpool community. 

The first NCS group ran a tombola in the Hounds Hill, with all proceeds going to Brain House. 
Jasmine Clark, NCS participant, explained, “this affects people as we are targeting a charity for children. I am glad we chose this charity as we get to go around and see where our money is going and what we have done for them”. The group will be heading there later in the week to present £312.59 to the charity.

A marathon around Blackpool FC’s pitch was taken on by group two, who in turn had to do seven laps to make the full marathon. The group raised £100, with all proceeds going towards Donna’s Dream House.



Sophie Lynn, NCS participant, talked about her expectations as they visited Sandycroft Nursing Home as they handed out care packages the group made. “I think it’s a very nice and selfless thing that we get to do. I can imagine it being awkward at the start but when we settle into it, it should be fine”.After handing out care packages and playing Bingo, Sophie said “the experience was scary but even though some of the residents couldn’t respond we know they really appreciated what we have done!”

The final group took part in a sleepout in Blackpool in aid to raise money and awareness for Street Life. The group managed to raise over £450 which will go towards shelters and foodbanks within Blackpool. As well as the sleepout, the group donated food to local food banks. Donna’s Dream House also benefited as the group collected toys for the local charity. 

Overall NCS raised £862 that will go towards their selected charities. All NCS groups made it to graduation on Wednesday 14thAugust, where they were presented with certificates. After the ceremony at BFCCT, the NCS groups were treated to a trip to the Pleasure Beach for all their hard work.

For more information about the NCS programme visit our social media or call 01253 348691 about booking onto the next adventure. 


Blackpool FC Community Trust have been identified, by the Premier League and Sport England, as one of 10 Clubs to take part in a pilot to engage new adult audiences through park-based delivery through the Summer of 2019.

Every Saturday, from 11am-2pm, we will set up a pitch for football and walking football tasters. This will be surrounded by numerous other activities for adults to take part in for FREE. These will include Football Darts, Panna cages, Crossbar Challenge, and Penalty Shoot-outs.

Fancy coming along? All you need to do is sign up on arrival and then you can take part in any of the activities available on that day.

Can’t make the Saturday Session? Blackpool FC Community Trust will be running MORE FREE football related activities at Claremont Park and Revoe.

Physical Activity and making friends improves your health and wellbeing. So join us on Claremont Park for FREE football sessions (walking or running) for adults aged 16+. This activity is all about fun so don’t worry if you’ve not played in a while, or even if you’ve never played before. It’s all about getting out and having fun.

Meet at Claremont Community Centre. Sessions on Thursday, from 10:30 – 11:30am, until October 24th.

Panna, is Dutch for Nutmeg. Panna Football matches are 1 v 1 for 3 minutes, most goals wins. But complete a nutmeg and you win the game.

Also, join us every Tuesday night, at Revoe Park MUGA, for Panna Football sessions for people aged 16-18, from 5:30-7:30pm, at. until October 15th

All participants who attend these sessions will be entered into a draw to win two tickets to watch a Blackpool match in October.

For up to date information about the new activities follow us on social media, or call: 01253 348 691.


Walking Football: New Times, New Venues


Walking football is an opportunity for all abilities to restart playing football at a slower pace but also introduces the sport to people who may have never considered it in the past.  

BFCCT have been delivering Walking Football sessions in Blackpool for over five years and they have been a huge success. We have developed an additional session for people aged 35+ who want to carry on playing, meaning we have something for everyone.

The sessions are as follows:

35+ Walking Football – Monday, 6 – 7pm at Play Football, Garstang Road

35+ Walking Football – Wednesday, 6-7pm at Unity Academy, 203 Warbreck Hill Rd

50+ Walking Football – Monday, 4.30 – 5.30pm at Play Football, Garstang Road

50+ Walking Football – Wednesday, 6-7pm at Unity Academy, 203 Warbreck Hill Rd

50+ Walking Football – Thursday, 4.15 – 5.30pm at Play Football, Garstang Road

All these sessions are £4, first session FREE.  There is also the opportunity for a tea/coffee and chat. 


Don’t forget we are also delivering FREE Adult Football activities for the next couple of months; on a Thursday morning 10:30am – 11:30am at Claremont Park and a Saturday 11am – 2pm at Revoe Park.

For more information please call; 0125 348 691, visit follow us on social media.

Tiny Tangerines: New Times, New Venues.

Do you have an active little one? Come along and try something fun?

Tiny Tangerines uses physical activity to engage and develop young children in both nurseries and community settings. Our vision is that this area of work builds the foundations to create a healthy and active lifestyle for your child as they progress throughout primary and secondary school.

We use the power of the football club to engage and inspire our local community and it is our hope that the Tiny Tangerines become the next generation of Blackpool FC fans.

Blackpool FC Community Trust are delighted to be running our Tiny Tangerines community football sessions, on Tuesdays and Thursdays (from 3rd and 5thSeptember 2019) for 4-7 year olds.

The aim of the community football sessions is to increase Tiny Tangerine’s confidence and co-ordination whilst giving them the opportunity to engage with others their age. It is also the first taste of football for some children and is a pathway to move into local grassroots football teams.

The sessions help to develop fundamental skills whilst enjoying a variety of fun and interactive games. This is in addition to mathematics and literacy skills and personal, social and emotional development which are all key areas of learning (AOL) for EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

Want to come along? Your child’s first visit is 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, available at the sessions or to download and print here.

Tiny Tangerines Community Football sessions are held indoors at two locations across Blackpool:

Unity Academy (Tuesdays), Warbreck Hill RoadFY2 0TR

Armfield Academy (Thursdays), Lytham RoadFY4 1JG

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

Years 1 & 2 children: 6:00pm – 6:45pm

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

BTEC Keep Warm Activities

Blackpool FC Community Trust held their latest BTEC Education keep warm activity last week with a trip to Tee Time FootGolf Centre.

In glorious sunshine the students looking to enrol on our courses in September enjoyed a chance to get to know each other whilst being challenged with their long and short range passing techniques. 

Joshua Mathias-Dovey was the winner for the students, scoring five shots under par but wasn’t able to beat staff member Alex Taylor, our UEFA A Licensed Football Development Officer.

Before GCSE results day the students have one more trials session at Unity Academy on Wednesday 21st August at 10.30am. If you are 16-18 years old and interested in our BTEC Education programmes please contact the Community Trust on (01253) 348691 or visit our website where you can fill in an application form online. 

As part of our post-16 education provision, students get the opportunity to study a full time college education programme in the unique setting of a professional football club.

It doesn’t matter what qualifications you have – we have a course for you.

Courses we offer:

BTEC Level 1 (1 year course) – Sport and Active Leisure

BTEC Level 2 (1 year course)  – Leadership through Sport

BTEC level 3  (2 year course) – Development, Coaching and Fitness

Don’t just stop there!  You now have the opportunity to extend your education by proceeding to a Foundation Degree.  Increase your employability opportunities and develop your skills further.

Congratulations to everyone who received their results yesterday and good luck to everyone receiving their results next Thursday.  

It’s not too late to enrol onto one of our sports courses. Just come along to Blackpool FC Community Trust Offices on GCSE Results Day with your certificates and a form of photo ID.

For more information; Call: 01253 348 691 or follow BFCCT on social media.

Age 25+ Traineeship Successfully Concludes

Blackpool FC Community Trust have just completed their first age 25+ Traineeship programme. The Trust is one of only eight in the country to trial the course aimed at unemployed women, aged 25+. 

We set a high standard with this pilot scheme and it has been a very positive experience for the students and staff. The majority of learners have progressed to employment or secured a place in pre-employment with a local business.

As part of the course all participants were enrolled to Functional Skills English and Maths. Many of the learners had initial fears and felt apprehensive studying subjects they had not looked at since attending school. Every student was surprised by the interactive and fun methods used and found themselves developing skills they can utilise at work and in their personal lives.

“I always hated maths at school but now that I am at BFCCT I am learning new skills and enjoying the subject. Now I can help my son with is maths homework.” – Natalie McDonagh – 26.

This represents a massive personal achievement for the learners and has been one of the unintended high points of the course. Every learner who completed the course has passed Functional Skills English and Maths. 

Alongside Functional skills, students gained qualifications in a range of employability skills. These included Basic Digital Skills, Customer Service Skills, CV and cover letter writing and First Aid at Work. As the traineeship is a pilot the learners have had a lot of say into the structure and content of the course. 

The core element of the course are the work placements, leaners attend a work placement one day a week. The learners had a choice of a wide range of employers who work with the Community Trust. All learners found the work placement to be a very positive experience where they have had the chance to learn new skills and develop existing employability skills. 

The course has developed the trainees’ confidence and social skills alongside their academic and employability skills. The social aspect of the course has been instrumental in its success as a pilot. The trainees are welcomed each day with tea and toast. Breakfast time opened opportunities for the group to get to know one another outside of the classroom setting. The group have formed close friendships and are staying in contact with each other after the course.

The next wave of traineeship students, referred by the Job Centre, will be the first to utilise our new Education and Community Centre purpose built to accommodate all of our education provision. As an incentive learners on the traineeship earn Time Credits for each day they attend their placement to visit attractions and sports centres across the country. The next programme will start on 9thSeptember 2019, and will run for eight weeks.

Blackpool FC Community Trust also deliver a Traineeship course for 18 – 24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.

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

Huge Success with Male FFIT

The third Male Football Fans in Training programme has just concluded and we have seen some amazing results from the 13 participants who finished. 

During the 13 week weight management programme, the participants have taken part in weekly classroom workshops and physical activity sessions which have been held in the concourse or pitch side at Bloomfield Road. 

The 13 participants have lost a combined weight of 94.35kg (14.8 stones)and lost 121.3cm from around their waist. The greatest weight loss from the programme is an incredible 14.2kg (2.2 stones), with them also losing 11cm from around their waist.  Terry said, “It feels like Boxing Day today.  All the effort and work to arrive yesterday, Christmas Day, and now it’s over.   Thanks to Nathan, Zoe and all of the team for what is hopefully a life changing opportunity.  Looking forward to September.  It will be good to see how the great weight loss and exercise effort is continued without the weekly ‘BFCCT police’ checks”.

All the participants will return in three months for the follow up session to see how they are getting on.

Other members of the programme said:

Colin Pownall said “This has been a life changing experience for me. I needed something to kick start my love of exercise and food again having done so little whilst my Mum battled with Cancer. The group of blokes were superb and we bonded so quickly. The whole programme was expertly lead and I can not recommend the programme highly enough.” 

Steve Quarmby said “It’s a terrific course, the education and support for the trainers has helped me to turn my life around. I hope to continue with new habits outside of the course and I look forward to returning for more sessions.” 

The FFIT programme runs on two evenings, one for males and one for females aged 35-65. Males must have a waist size of 38 inches or above (measurement taken from belly button) and a both must have a BMI of 28 or above. 

The next programme is set to start in September (date to be confirmed). 

For more information please visit:, follow us on social media or call: 01253 348 691

Summer Activities for 2-4 Year Olds

Move, Play & Grow with your child is our FREE four week Healthy Lifestyles programme designed to motivate families, with children 2 – 4 years old, across Blackpool. The programme will use fun games and interactive activities to support your child’s social and physical development while increasing family knowledge of the EatWell Guide, healthy snacks, physical activity and oral health. Working in partnership with Better Start Blackpool, the programme is delivered by Blackpool Football Club Community Trust and runs on consecutive weeks at Blackpool Children’s Centres.

The structure of the programme is as follows:

  • Week 1 – Healthy Eating
  • Week 2 – Snacks and Sugar
  • Week 3 – Oral Health
  • Week 4 – Physical Activity
  • Catch up session (If needed)

We will be helping parents/carers to pick up tips and advice on how they can implement skills they have learnt on the programme. This advice covers topics such as label reading, providing ideas of fun physical activities to try at home and how families can lower their sugar and fat intakes. All participants will also be provided with a workbook to guide them through the programme and to keep for reference in the future. 

“The programme has given me extra knowledge and it’s really helped Josh.  It’s keeping him wanting to look at healthy options and he always goes straight to the fruit aisle in the supermarket.  He loves doing a lot of sports and fitness as well.  He keeps pushing me to keep it up.”

Over Summer, there are two Move, Play & Grow multi-skills sessions taking place at two local children centres. The details for the upcoming sessions are below:

Venue: St Cuthbert’s Children Centre
Date: 6th August
Time: 10:30am – 12pm

Venue: Grange Park Children Centre
Date: 12th August
Time: 1pm – 2pm

The sessions will involve a range of games and activities to develop your child’s movement skills. It will include a few challenges and competitions for the children and follow with a bring your own picnic teddy bears picnic. 

Weekly sessions will begin again in September.  For an up to date timetable of the weekly provision please: follow BFCCT on social media or call: 01253 348 691


Blackpool FC Community Trust have been identified, by the Premier League and Sport England, as one of 10 Clubs to take part in a pilot to engage new adult audiences through park-based delivery through the Summer of 2019.

The programme starts THIS SATURDAY at Revoe Park. The following week will see two other mid-week activities begin, all of which will run for 12 weeks. (More details to follow on those two).

Every Saturday, for the next 12 weeks, from 11am-2pm, we will set up a pitch for football and walking football tasters. This will be surrounded by numerous other activities for adults to take part in for FREE. These will include Football Darts, Panna cages, Crossbar Challenge, and Penalty Shoot-outs.

Fancy coming along? All you need to do is sign up on arrival and then you can take part in any of the activities available on that day.

Can’t make the Saturday Session? From Thursday 8th August 2019 Blackpool FC Community Trust will be running Soccercise and additional Walking Football sessions at Claremont Park.

Soccercise will take place inside at Claremont Community Centre and the Walking Football session will take place outside on the park/MUGA. The activities are aimed at both male and female adults and will take place 10:30am – 11:30am on Thursday mornings.  Just turn up on the day to take part.

For up to date information about the new activities follow us on social media, or call: 01253 348 691.

Premier League Kicks Tournament

On Saturday 6thJuly, Blackpool FC Community Trust took part in a Premier League Kicks tournament hosted by Fleetwood Town Community Trust on a hot afternoon at Poolfoot Farm. 

The Premier League Kicks tournaments take place across the country and are a great place for participants from different towns and cities to represent their club and play competitive football. The 5-aside competition was a reward for participants who regularly attend our Kicks sessions that take place at Playfootball. 

Blackpool played two Stoke City sides, two Fleetwood Town sides as well as a friendly match against a team who represented “The Friends of East Pines Park”. Blackpool FC Community Trust won all of the fixtures on the day, starting with a 6-1 aggregate victory over Stoke City. This was followed by a 4-2 aggregate victory over Fleetwood Town. 

The afternoon finished with a friendly fixture with “The Friends of East Pines Park”. This match had the teams mixed together and was a great opportunity for the participants to meet new people.

Matthew Guy (15 years old), who has been representing Blackpool FC Community Trust in the tournaments for the past three years said, “Kicks is good because you can play footy with your mates and have a laugh, the coaches make the sessions fun, it’s not like football training”. He then went on to say,“The (Kicks) matches are great, you get to travel to places you would never usually go. We have even watched games at different stadiums after playing the matches”. 

Michael Brown, Senior Community Sports Officer at Blackpool FC Community Trust said, “Kicks is FREE to attend and is a great opportunity to get involved with football on a weekly basis, make friends and develop skills.”

Premier League Kicks sessions take place at a variety of venues across Blackpool for 7-11year olds. For more information please visit: , call: 01253 348 691 or follow BFCCT on social media.