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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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NEW PROGRAMME: Unstoppable

Blackpool FC Community Trust, with backing from Simon Sadler and Segantii Capital Management (“Segantii”) will be supporting Year 6 pupils with a brand new programme called Unstoppable. 

The programme has been developed using bestselling author Dan Freedman’s new book, which focuses on supporting young people with difficult life topics, including mental health, knife crime, family dynamics and the transition to high school. 

Using the book, Blackpool children will read up to certain points each week and then be led through a classroom session by the Trust, discussing these hard hitting topics. The children will then get to keep the book and workbooks they develop through their involvement, to refer back to when they are challenged in their daily lives. 

Every school in Blackpool will be offered this programme free of charge and delivery will take place over 6 weeks, thanks to the financial support worth £50,000 from Segantii. 

Chief Executive Officer of Blackpool FC Community Trust, Ashley Hackett said “This is a very important and ground breaking programme that our team have developed and we thank Simon and Segantii for their unbelievable support. As soon as I discussed the programme with Simon he was fully committed to helping with putting this in place. We piloted the programme in Westminster Primary Academy last academic year and the impact it had was tremendous and we knew straight away we had to find a way to get this provision to as many children in Blackpool as possible. The programme will now be offered to every Year 6 child, in every Blackpool school. We also have to thank Chris Debar and Jen Crofts, from my team for developing this amazing provision and Dan Freedman, for his continuous support, creativity and for allowing us to utilise his book in such a way.”

Simon Sadler, Chief Investment Officer of Segantii, said Segantii is very pleased to support Blackpool FC Community Trust in this important initiative to help the young people of Blackpool. I would like to thank Ashley and his team for putting this together and the participating schools for their commitment to the programme.

Dan Freedman, Best selling author of Unstoppable, said “I spend a lot of time working with schools and that leap to Secondary is such a huge one at a pivotal time in a young person’s life. How they adapt and develop at that point can have a huge impact on the rest of their lives and also on the wider community.

“I wrote Unstoppable in the hope that, as well as being a compelling story, it might offer a platform for young people to talk about their feelings and their challenges so I’m absolutely delighted that the Blackpool FC Community Trust are taking the book and running with it in this way.

“Every time I have met and worked with Ashley, Chris and Jen I have been blown away by their dedication and professionalism. That’s why I’m sure the Unstoppable project is going to be truly ground-breaking. It’s incredible what a community team like this – with the wonderful support of Simon Sadler and Segantii – are able to do for the area and its effect will be felt for years to come.”

The provision will start in November 2019 and take place throughout the school year.


Blackpool FC Community Trust, with support from the Premier League and Blackpool Public Health, will this academic year support local Year 10 pupils prepare for exams with a new mental health provision called PL Inspires. 

£180,000 of funding has been secured to provide this programme for the next three years.

After consultation with local young people, it was discovered that the biggest cause of anxiety and stress for 15-16 year olds was the fear of exams. 

The Trust will now offer local secondary schools a 20 hour programme, focused on raising aspirations, reducing anxiety and developing coping mechanisms and relaxation techniques, to support the young people through the difficult time of exams. 

The programme, which is part of the resilience revolution, has been developed by the Trust’s Head of Education and Employability, Selina Hayes and PL Inspires Coordinator, Simon Smith, with support from Headstart Blackpool. The Trust will employ two members of staff to help young people in Blackpool schools to have a positive outlook on a difficult period and support those currently on the cusp of gaining GCSE grades 4-5.

Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive Officer of Blackpool FC Community Trust, said, “This programme is another example of the quality of provision that the Trust are developing to support local people in the town. PL Inspires is a prime example of where we have worked with local and national partners to understand local people’s needs and them found a way to help. We were identified as one of only 30 clubs in the country to be able to access Premier League funding for an Inspires topic and we have been very lucky to also receive support from our local public health team.”  

Dr. Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health, Blackpool Council, said “We know that exam time can be a real source of stress for our young people in Blackpool.  Those taking part in PL Inspires will develop the skills and techniques they need to cope, not just with exams but with other challenging times in their lives too.  We‘re proud to support this programme and are looking forward to seeing the positive impact it has.”

Provision in local secondary schools will begin in January 2020.

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.