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10 Exciting Opportunities to Join Our Team!

We are excited to be offering a range of new job opportunities with us here at Blackpool FC Community Trust.

Come and join our team & help us continue to have a huge impact on our community in Blackpool.

The last year has seen us develop new areas of work which, with restrictions easing, we can now develop even further. That being the case, could you be who we are looking for to increase our impact even more?

We have 10 opportunities available:

Have you got a passion for coaching and a general understanding of a variety of different sports? Check out our Community Youth Sport Officer (part-time) role. There are TWO positions available.

Do you have a broad range of experience in delivering high quality sport and PE provision, whilst also having a good knowledge of health-related activity? Would you like to inspire the children of Blackpool to live a healthy lifestyle? Our PE OFFICER position may be what you are looking for.

Have you got the skills to lead a team and deliver a variety of activities throughout the community, whilst working alongside the Community Engagement Manager to identify and develop new areas of work? Read more about how you can become our Community Engagement Team Leader.

Think you have what it takes to be our Community Navigation Manager? This role is target driven and requires attention to detail. It also involves networking both internally and externally ensuring that every person who engages with BFCCT is offered the right level of information and support to engage and sustain their involvement with us.

Passionate about Football and supporting young people with their education? A Football Enrichment Tutor opportunity has become available with Blackpool FC Sports College.

Want to support Key Stage 4 students with behavioural and educational needs? Read more about this exciting new role as Pastoral Manager based within our brand new Blackpool FC School.

Have you got the skills and qualities to support further education learners to reach their full potential and overcome their barriers to learning? YES? You could join our team at Blackpool FC Sports College as a Teaching Assistant or HLTA

PHEW! Now is a great time to join the team, call us if you would like any additional information about the roles listed.

Good luck with your applications.

PL Kicks Summer Timetable 2021

By engaging young people in constructive activities, including a wide variety of sports, coaching, dance, educational and personal development sessions, communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive football and sports participation rates and the authorities reporting significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered.

See the Summer Timetable below or Read more about PL KICKS

Fit2Go Games 2021

Fit2Go is our health and well-being programme which is delivered in every primary school in Blackpool. During the six-week course Year 4 pupils are taught how to improve or maintain their day-to-day habits, through both physical activities and classroom-based learning, to encourage a healthy lifestyle now and in the future.

Each year after the children have completed Fit2Go we celebrate their achievements by inviting pupils from participating schools to the home of Blackpool FC, Bloomfield Road, where they take part in a variety of activities such as handball, circuit training and football.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 2021’s Fit2Go Festival was replaced by a brand-new virtual format in Fit2Go Games. Rather than hosting at the stadium, classes took part in a range of virtual challenges over four weeks, these ranged from running the length of Bloomfield Road to designing a feature of our new workbook. The Games finished with an online workout that was attended by 430 primary aged children across Blackpool. 

Schools were tasked to complete weekly challenges to win their classes points, over four weeks the points were tallied up to decide who will be the first-ever Fit2Go Games Champions.

All schools scores have now been added up and we’re pleased to announce our Top 3 classes are as follows:

 1st Place: Marton 4B

 2nd Place: St John’s Y4

 3rd Place: Stanley 4A 

Last Friday Marton 4B were presented with their Fit2Go Games Trophy, after a fantastic effort with their challenge submissions. Class teacher, Mr Haigh, was thrilled after seeing how hard his class had worked and how much enthusiasm they showed throughout the programme. Not only did they score top points from their challenge submissions, but the class also pushed themselves to score bonus points by uploading their attempts to social media and going above and beyond in their efforts.

Lucy CC, Health and Well-Being OfficerBlackpool FC Community Trust said, “It was great to see so many children across Blackpool take part in the Fit2Go Games. We were overwhelmed with the effort and enthusiasm shown from the entries received. We’re looking forward to seeing what next year brings, hopefully, we’ll be back at Bloomfield Road to celebrate together.”

Well done to all the Year 4 pupils who took part, it was great to see all the entries to the challenges and we are so pleased the children could get involved and enjoy themselves in such challenging times.

FYI: We still have limited places available on our Football Camps over summer. BOOK HERE

World Youth Skills Day 2021

The aim of World Youth Skills Day is to focus attention on technical and vocational skill development in youth, and specifically their ability to access affordable, quality technical and vocational education and training. 

This week we celebrate World Youth Skills Day 2021 which is highlighting the resilience Young People have shown throughout the last year. 

We understand the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

On a daily basis we provide opportunities for young people to build their skills through; Traineeships, NCS programmes, volunteering opportunities as well as supporting students who attend our Blackpool FC Sports College. 

We also support secondary schools with our High School Hubs which include various targeted sessions. 

Here are just a few stories from inspiring young people who have taken advantage of the skill building opportunities we have with the Community Trust.

Louise & Olivia

Traineeship: Ian’s Story

Traineeship: Euan’s Story

Traineeship: Kyle’s Journey

Steve Starts New Job

Pathways to a Successful Career

Engage, Inspire & Unlock Potential

More Than Just A Classroom

Beaverbrooks Enterprise Challenge 2021

Blackpool FC Community Trust are proud to have hosted the Beaverbrooks’ Enterprise Final at Bloomfield Road Stadium earlier this week.

Pupils from schools around Blackpool have been taking part in the ‘Enterprise Challenge’, set by the programme’s funders, to identify a gap in the market and develop a business plan to address this. The challenge included a Dragons Den style activity where pupils presented their ideas to a board of ‘Dragons’ from Blackpool based companies, including Beaverbrooks, Blackpool FC and the Community Trust.  

Over the last 12 weeks, the Beaverbrooks’ Enterprise programme has been delivered to almost 200 Year 8 pupils in Blackpool, by our High School Hub Mentors. The programme has helped them develop skills in employability, entrepreneurship, teamwork and money management. 

Blackpool FC Community Trust’s CEO, Ashley Hackett, said, “All the judges were amazed by the level of confidence displayed by all the groups, it has been great for the young people to have the opportunity to work together after a year of virtual lessons. The level of research and detail conducted by the pupils was fantastic to see. The Community Trust are looking forward to building a long-term partnership with Beaverbrooks, one that will help guide local young people along their path to great futures.”

The winners of the challenge, St George’s School, presented a Retro Café in the town centre with retro games and food. St George’s pupils shared what they enjoyed most about the programme, “I have enjoyed working as part of a team with people I have not spoken to much before and making some new friends. This is something we haven’t had the chance to do over the last year so, it was nice to be able to work with people again instead of on our own.”. Many of the students involved in the challenge said the opportunity had inspired them to start their own business in the future. 

Mrs Milner, Careers Lead at St George’s School, said, “The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this year’s challenge. They have developed valuable enterprise skills in a fun environment. Thank you to Blackpool Community Trust and Beaverbrooks for providing the opportunity”.

Working Together to Support Local Veterans

Blackpool Coastal Housing referred Ronald, a 94-year-old gentleman into us on the 18th August 2020 as part of our Tackling Loneliness Together project, where we were able to offer weekly phone calls, garden gate visits and online social groups. Ronald was having to self-isolate and shield since March 2020, where he felt extremely isolated and had not left his house for anything other than hospital visits. After our introductory phone call with Ron, it was intriguing to hear about his days in the armed forces, his passion for ballroom dancing and that he was once a ballroom champion. 

Our first garden gate visit with Ronald, pictured here was on his birthday where we were supported by external partners, Blackpool Coastal Housing and British Red Cross and were able to take balloons and gifts round. He mentioned: ‘it was so amazing to be able to see people and it was even more special that it was my birthday. I appreciated it so much’. 

Since our first initial contact with Ronald, he has received weekly phone calls, which further evolved to weekly Skype calls accompanied by Blackpool Coastal Housing. 

Thanks to the amazing support we received from external partners, Blackpool Coastal Housing referred another gentleman, Jack, to us, who was ex armed forces and also had a passion for ballroom dancing.

We initially introduced Jack and Ronald via phone call conversations, which was fantastic, however this soon progressed to Skype calls where they were both eventually able to see each other. We were then able to get Jack and Ronald meeting on via Skype on a weekly basis. 

Later in the year, Blackpool FC Community Trust coordinated a Christmas Day campaign where a number of staff volunteered their time to go out and visit our Tackling Loneliness Together participants who would not see or speak to anyone on Christmas day.

Thanks to local businesses and schools, we were able to deliver cards and gifts. Ronald was a participant who we visited, he was over the moon and said, ‘considering I thought I would be alone on Christmas Day, it was an extremely nice feeling when I found out I would be receiving a visit on Christmas Day. To receive gifts and cards on the day itself was a surprise and filled me with joy’.

After the success of the Christmas Day campaign, a number of staff volunteered more of their time to deliver Easter Eggs and spend some time at with participants on Easter Sunday. It was a pleasure to visit Ron on again on this day too.

Whilst the Community Trust and Blackpool Coastal Housing continue to support Ron, we sadly discovered that Ron’s garden was massively over grown. This was something that upset Ron, as he was not able to sit out in his garden and enjoy the glorious sunshine.

We are really happy to share that together our NCS team and Redeeming Our Communities have tidied Ronald’s garden. He can now get out and enjoy time outside without the overgrowth that had previously taken over.

Ronald mentioned, ‘it has been something that has upset me for a long time. As I cannot manage the garden anymore, I have just been watching it over grow. To be supported in this way and have my garden tidied up means the world to me and I cannot wait to sit out when we have lovely weather.’

Nathan Davies, Community Engagement Team Leader at the Community Trust said, “we are so grateful that ROC and our NCS team were able to come out and tidy Ronald’s garden for him. This shows how huge the impact can be when services come together to support the wider community. To see the smile on Ronald’s face when he could see the change in his garden made it all worthwhile and I cannot wait have garden gate visits with Ron and be able to sit out in his garden.’

Forces Football Changing Lives

Saturday 26th June is Armed Forces day, a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. 

This week we meet with Justin, Community Engagement Officer at Blackpool FC Community Trust and ex military, who currently supports our Armed Forces activities.  He highlighted how the sessions are more than just football.  This is what Justin had to say:

“At the start of Summer, I was contacted by a former soldier who enquired about the ‘Forces Football’ session run by Blackpool Football Club Community Trust (BFCCT). Various posts had been published on social media and the response was great! The former soldier was a lad named Callum (Sandy) Sanderson who is only just in his twenties. 

Blackpool born and bred, Callum had joined the Queens Royal Hussars Tank Regiment and was based for a time in the south of England. Sadly, his career was cut short due to a shoulder injury which prevented him from continuing to work within his role. 

Having only just left the forces, Callum returned to his hometown of Blackpool and got in touch with Blackpool FC Community Trust. I spoke with Callum on the phone and quickly realised that he did not have many military friends or support in the area. He was currently out of work and looking to get himself back on his feet as quickly as possible. I invited him down to Forces Football and introduced him to all the lads. After a couple of sessions, we all began to bond, and the military banter soon started. Callum is now a regular at Forces Football and veterans are on hand to help with advice and support. The one thing that we all have in common is that we have all left the military and all, at some stage, have been in Callum’s boots. 

Recently whilst participating in a track racing event at Wigan, provided by the charity Mission Motorsport, we were made aware that Callum was still out of work. It was then when the team came together to help him out – off the pitch.

Forces Football’s longest serving player Gary Edwards was able to offer Callum employment at his company Lateo. Gary served in the Royal Artillery and completed five operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. He now runs Lateo Risk, a security consultancy and is a keen supporter of ex-serviceman. Over 20% of employees are veterans. Along with Lateo Risk Gary and yet another Forces Footballer Jason Elmsley opened Lateo in South Shore. On the first Sunday of every month, they hold a veterans coffee morning. BFCCT volunteer Marianna Mitchell is always in attendance to help provide support and advice to former service personnel. Marianna’s daughter also works for Lateo providing a vital link between military and civilian life. Forces Football is much more than a kick around on a Thursday and so far, has had such a positive impact on veterans who attend. Fitness in body helps fitness in minds!

Callum now has the support of his new veteran family, a social and physical activity weekly with Forces Football and has gained employment!”

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It was great to hear that the Forces Football sessions are having such a positive impact on our Armed Forces Community.

Blackpool FC Community Trust also hold Veterans Coffee Mornings, which are currently taking place virtually via Zoom.  There is also the opportunity to join the gardening group who go and maintain the gardens and memorial plaques at the Arboretum in Bispham. 

For more information on any of the above please email: info@bfcct.co.uk, call :01253 348 691, visit: www.bfcct.co.ukor follow BFCCT on social media.

SPORTS CAMPS ARE BACK: BOOK NOW

Over the last year we haven’t been able to run our much-loved Sports Camps, but we are extremely excited to FINALLY announce that our very popular Sports Camps will be back this Summer and we are running a Football Camp too.  

Sports Camps are a chance for children to keep in touch with their friends during the holidays whilst keeping active and encouraging children and young people to try new activities. We are so glad to be able to offer these to our community again.  

A parent said, “My boys love it here! The coaches are fantastic and set up loads of activities to suit everyone, it’s so good to be able to go to work knowing my boys are being looked after, they are having a great time, never get bored and always look forward to going back – big thanks to MJ and the team, you really make the holidays easier and enjoyable.”

You can now book a place here

Looking for something your child can get involved in during term time? Do you know about PL Kicks

We currently have several PL Kicks sessions running across Blackpool.  The sessions are aimed at 8 – 18 year olds and delivered free of charge.  In addition to the football sessions, PL Kicks also offers pathways into regular competitive football matches and tournaments with other Community Trust PL Kicks teams throughout the country. 

Don’t forget – you can keep up to date on our daily activities by visiting our social media pages.

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Community Trust Pitch Takeover 2021

With Blackpool Football Club reaching the League One Play-Off finals there is an extra special feel around the club and community, none more so than our participants who take part in our Walking Football, Unified & Forces Football programmes and students from our Blackpool FC Sports College. 

On Sunday 23rd May 2021, participants were invited to take part in their beloved sessions on the pitch at Bloomfield Road, which for some was a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

The Sunday morning consisted of several football matches being played on the pitch, offering the opportunity for the participants to walk out through the tunnel to the beautiful view of tangerine and out onto the turf of Bloomfield Road. For some, being able to play on the pitch and score a goal meant the world to them. Numerous photos and videos were taken from participants who were in awe of the fact they were actually taking part in activities on the pitch of their much-loved local football club. 

Sue Whitely, a Unified participant mentioned, “it was a fantastic experience to be playing on Bloomfield Road and it was an honour to play on the pitch with my team mates who I play with on a weekly basis”.

Not only were our participants offered this wonderful opportunity, but our volunteers attended to help with the event, arranging and refereeing fixtures. Toby, a valued volunteer who helps with our Unified sessions stated “The day was a great success as it was clear to see all participants who came, from their respective communities, enjoyed playing on the pitch of the club they all love. After knowing a few of these lads for quite a while now, it made me feel proud being able to help set up such an amazing experience for them and for the other groups I got to meet”. Toby is also a student at Blackpool FC Sports College.

Nathan Davies, Community Engagement Team Leader at Blackpool Football Club Community Trust said, “It is a very exciting time at the football club and to be given the chance to provide our participants with this opportunity is such an amazing gesture from the club. The participants were all extremely grateful to the Community Trust and the Football Club for putting on the event. A lot of our participants are BFC supporters and to see their faces walking out the tunnel was a very humbling moment”.

As part of the take over we also held an eleven a-side internal football fixture for our Blackpool FC Sports College Football Academy students. The game was played in a fantastic manner, with lots of goals in a 4-4 thriller and a man of match performance from Shea Boyle scoring two thrilling goals on the day.

The afternoon was a huge success with thirty of our students taking part in the match and many of them being Blackpool FC fans.

It was a particularly special day for Charlie Smith, a current second year pupil studying his BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, “I’m a lifelong Blackpool fan and go to all our games. I’ve never been able to walk down the tunnel at Bloomfield Road, never mind play on the pitch. I’m so grateful I had this opportunity. It’s a dream come true and something I’ll always remember.”

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Sport Development Manager

Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking to appoint a new staff member to join our progressive, forward thinking organisation. The Sport Development Manager post is a very exciting opportunity for an individual to support the Community Trust in the next phase of progression, to enhance and expand current offers available whilst leading on new football developments. 

The successful post holder will be appointed to oversee the Community Trust’s new Sports Development areas of work. The new manager will be required to expand our flourishing Sports Camps provision, while developing and delivering new football programme under the Primary Provision strand of the Trust’s corporate strategy. 

You will be expected to develop existing and new partnerships with key agencies from across Blackpool and the Fylde areas whilst building strong working relationships with Blackpool FC, BFC Academy, BFC Women and Girls, Blackpool and Fylde Councils, Blackpool and Fylde Schools, The Premier League, The English Football League Trust, The Professional Footballers’ Association and the County FA amongst others. 

Please complete and return the attached application form to Head of Early Years and Primary Programmes Marc Joseph at:

Email: Marc.Joseph@bfcct.co.uk

Post: Marc Joseph, Head of Early Years and Primary Programmes, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 4th June, 2021

Interviews will take place Thursday 10th or Friday 11th June, 2021