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PL Kicks Tournaments

Blackpool FC Community Trust PL Kicks participants have spent half term representing Blackpool in PL Kicks Tournaments. 

On Monday 17thFebruary we took Year 10 participants on a trip to the Etihad campus to take part in a PL Kicks tournament hosted by City In The Community. This was a reward for their brilliant behaviour in BFCCT activities and in school.

On the Tuesday we hosted an Under 16s 5 a-side tournament from Playfootball Blackpool. We invited all participants from our Wednesday evening Playfootball Kicks session to represent Blackpool. We also invited Blackburn Rovers Foundation, Preston North End, Derby County Community Trust and Fleetwood Town Community Trust. 

The games were played in great spirits and the three teams that represented The Community Trust came first, second and third in the tournament. 

Matthew Guy, who has attended PL Kicks session for the past six years took part in the tournament and spoke about his experience, “I started playing football at Kicks when I was at Boundary Primary and they did the Thursday night football. It was a place to see my mates and keep out of trouble.”

The PL Kicks tournaments were arranged by BFCCT Community Sports Manager Michael Brown, he went on to say, “The PL Kicks tournaments offer a fantastic experience for the young people of Blackpool to represent the town. It’s a unique opportunity to play football at state of the art facilities such as the Etihad. The young people can be really proud of the way they have represented our town.”

Tomorrow our Year 10 PL Kicks participants will be heading to Liverpool to play Man United Foundation and Liverpool FC Foundation.  

Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver FREE football throughout Blackpool on weekday evenings.

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust: Call:01253 348 691, visit: www.BFCCT.co.ukor follow BFCCT on social media. 

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GULP Challenge Returns

Following on from the success of the last three years we are happy to let you know that the Fit2Go Team will be launching the GULP Challenge 2020 w/c 2nd March.  

The GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Challenge is a fantastic free health campaign from Food Active, Blackpool Public Health and The Community Trust which aims to raise awareness of the health harms associated with over consumption of sugary drinks.  While many people are aware of the negative impact that sugary drinks have on teeth, fewer are aware of the link between the over consumption of sugary drinks and weight gain.

This programme now engages all Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 children across Blackpool Primary Schools.  Our health team and the ‘Fit2Go’ brand encourage children to “Give Up Loving Pop” and to think about drinking healthier alternatives.  

Children are given a GULP diary and free water bottle. Diaries are collected at the end of 21-day campaign to help monitor their progress. The class who achieved the most pop free days and returned their diaries to us were awarded with a FREE trip to Blackpool High Ropes.

The GULP Challenge has and continues to be a huge success in Blackpool and with the support of Blackpool Public Heath we are able to reinforce the health message year on year. This continuation is key to influence a change of habit in our community.

“We see the conscious decision by pupils to pick up their water bottles and enjoy making healthy choices. We are encouraged by teachers and parents’ engagement in reinforcing our health messages.” – Marc Joseph, Head of Early Years Provision and Primary Provision

Jay Spearing, Blackpool FC Captain and our Health Ambassador, endorses the campaign along with the rest of the squad, “This is a great idea to teach children about the importance of healthy choices in their diet. Good luck to all the children who are taking part”.

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Girls Cup 2020

On Friday 14thFebruary Blackpool FC Community Trust hosted the first ever Premier League Primary Stars Under 11 Girls Football Tournament at Stanley Park.  The day was a big success and well done to everyone who took part. 

“Our first girls’ competition was a real success, with over 120 girls attending to play competitive football. Thankfully the storm held off which gave us great playing conditions for everyone to enjoy. It’s great that we’re able to offer these types of opportunities to local primary schools through our Premier League Primary Stars project and the partnership work with Active Blackpool.”- Chris Debar, P.E Manager

Congratulations to winners Ansdell Primary School.

Catherine Taylor, teacher at Ansdell, said:

“Thanks to the team who organised such a great event, which encouraged and showcased girls football. I am so very proud of our team’s fantastic achievement today. I had many teachers from other schools approach me and complement the talent within the team.”  

Later this month they will travel to Liverpool FC Academy to represent Blackpool FC in the regional competition.   Best of luck from all of us here at Blackpool FC Community Trust!

It was great to get such positive feedback from parents too.

“My daughter loved playing in this tournament for school.  It was really well organised and all the girls loved it!– Grace Chester, parent of participant.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: NCS Assistant Team Leader

Blackpool is a great town with world renowned landmarks and fantastic people. It is a superb place to work. Blackpool also has a football club steeped in history and with a wonderful future, along with a high performing and well established Community Trust. It is an amazing time to be working for the football club and the Community Trust in this proud town.

We are recruiting Assistant Team Leaders to assist in the leading of teams of 16 Young People, aged between 15-17 years old through our summer NCS programme.

The applicant should be a passionate individual with experience working with groups of Young People.

We are very proud of our strong reputation and have high expectations of all our staff and firmly believe that great Assistant Team Leaders are essential for the successful delivery of the NCS programme.

Assistant Team Leaders help to lead, inspire, educate and engage their team of participants through the NCS programme.

The programme lasts for three weeks; the first two weeks will involve staying and working residentially. Assistant Team Leaders will support Team Leaders to ensure the successful delivery of the NCS experience.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a national programme that brings together 15-17 year olds from different backgrounds and takes them through a programme of activities which builds their confidence and enables them to make a difference in their local community. It helps Young People build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new people.

More details can be obtained from www.ncsyes.co.uk

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:
Please send your completed application form to Jonny Ellithorn by email: Jonny.Ellithorn@bfcct.co.uk. 
Salary:Seasonal Contract (3 Weeks Mon- Fri) – £900.00                                   
Closing Date: 
Interview Date:      
No later than 5pm on Monday 6th Apr 2020
To be confirmed with applicant, evening interviews will be available

Please note: there are eight positions available.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: NCS Team Leader

Blackpool is a great town with world renowned landmarks and fantastic people. It is a superb place to work. Blackpool also has a football club steeped in history and with a wonderful future, along with a high performing and well established Community Trust. It is an amazing time to be working for the football club and the Community Trust in this proud town.

We are recruiting Team Leaders to lead teams of 16 Young Adults aged between 15-17 years old through our summer NCS programme. The applicant should be a passionate individual with experience working with groups of Young People. We are very proud of our strong reputation and have high expectations of all our staff and firmly believe that great Team Leaders are essential for the successful delivery of the NCS programme. Team Leaders help to lead, inspire, educate and engage their team of participants through the NCS programme. The programme lasts for three weeks; the first two weeks will involve staying and working residentially. Team Leaders with support from Assistant Team Leaders will ensure the successful delivery of the NCS experience.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a national programme that brings together 15-17 year olds from different backgrounds and takes them through a programme of activities which builds their confidence and enables them to make a difference in their local community. It helps Young People build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new people. More details can be obtained from www.ncsyes.co.uk

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:
Please send your completed application form to Jonny Ellithorn by email: Jonny.Ellithorn@bfcct.co.uk. 
SalarySeasonal Contract (3 Weeks Mon- Fri) – £1200.00
Closing Date :
Interview Date:      
No later than 5pm on Monday 6th Apr 2020
To be confirmed with applicant, evening interviews will be available

Please note: there are eight positions available.

Have you heard about NCS – National Citizen Service?

It is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and have your voice heard. 

On NCS, you’ll mix with a new crowd, and take on fresh challenges together. Before you know it, you’ll be rooting for each other, as you all tackle your own little hurdles.

Along the way, you’ll also get a taste for independence and pick up skills that’ll help you smash your future goals. 

If that’s not enough for you, you’ll also be given a platform to have your voice heard and pursue a passion project.

The NCS experience might last just a few weeks, but the impact? That lasts a LOT longer. 

Still not sure?  Here are what current participants have to say.

Lewis Cauvain – 17

“Lewis came onto the NCS programme as a confident lad who was very bubbly. You could see within his friendship group that he was a likeable young lad. He is very sporty, wasn’t scared of getting stuck in and gave every challenge he faced 100% effort. This is what Lewis had to say about his NCS Experience.” Joe Stockell, Social Inclusion Officer

“NCS has helped me develop new friendships that are for life. The activities were so much fun and challenging which helped me overcome some fears and come out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed NCS so much I wanted to carry on my journey, so I joined the NCS Youth Board. This has also continued to help me become more confident and develop more skills to help me in the future.” Lewis

Laura Pratley – 17

Laura started off her NCS journey as a shy individual however she soon came out of her shell as she got stuck into different activities and socialise with other participants. Laura faced many challenges while being on the NCS programme and has overcome each one. She is a very bubbly character within the group and always the first and last person to give people help. Laura should be proud of her NCS Journey. Below is what Laura had to say. Joe Stockell, Social Inclusion Officer

“NCS has helped me gain confidence when talking to people and doing presentations etc. It has made me overcome fears which I never thought I could. It has also helped me gain friends or restore friendships with my peers. I can now use the confidence I gained to take part in the Youth Board and be able to speak to new people.  I want to continue to give more back to my community in many ways.” Laura

Holly Heslop – 17

“Holly was the life and soul of the group, making people laugh on a daily basis, making them feel comfortable and helping people believe that they could overcome their fears and come out of their comfort zones. However, she did lack confidence going into unfamiliar activities and doing things she has never done before. Nevertheless, with the encouragement of the rest of the group she gave it a real go. NCS helped her with her decision making in regard to higher education. She is now currently studying on our BTEC course and is going from strength to strength with her development.” – Joe Stockell, Social Inclusion Officer

“NCS has helped me feel more confident within myself and making new friends, it also helped me face some fear and experience things I never thought I would. The Youth Board is giving more experience into planning and having responsibilities, I believe that these will help me in the future. Because of NCS it has helped me with my educational journey as I am now a students at the BFC Community Trust Sports College, as I aspire to be a PE teacher.” Holly

Blackpool FC Community Trust are currently taking bookings for places on the Summer NCS programme so if you are aged between 16 – 17 and want to get involved contact call: 01253 348 691, visit: BFCCT or follow BFCCT on social media. 

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NCS Match Day Review 2020

Tuesday 11th February saw our NCS Youth Board Graduates and BFC First Team players, host our NCS Matchday for Blackpool’s home league game against Gillingham. 

NCS Match day is held to raise awareness of what NCS is and the programmes, we as a Community Trust, deliver. It is also a great opportunity to show the impact an NCS programme can have on the lives of participants aged 16-17 years. 

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In addition to the Youth Board Graduates, it was great to see Blackpool FC First Team get involved by wearing our NCS t-shirts during the warmup for their fixture against Gillingham. After the warmup, the players handed out the t-shirts to the crowd.

The NCS Graduates were involved in a variety of activities during the match. Our Social Inclusion Manager, Jonny Ellithorn, and a Youth Board member were present in the Sponsors Lounge leading up to kick off and pitch side during the half time break. This allowed both to be interviewed and offer more information about our programme, explaining how young people in Blackpool can get involved.

The Youth Board members held a guard of honour as the players ran out onto the pitch. 

“We hope that fans will start the discussion and question what NCS is, how they can be involved, or, alternatively, pass the information about NCS over to those who are within the age bracket.”– Jonny Ellithorn, Social Inclusion Manager

We are now booking places for the Summer NCS.

For more information on BFCCT or the NCS programme; call: 01263 348 691, visit: BFCCT or follow BFCCT on social media

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BTEC: Pool 2 Paris

Blackpool FC Community Trust BTEC students are putting together a charity fundraiser, raising money for Donna’s Dream House, who are a local based charity. 

We are biking and rowing 550miles (the distance from Blackpool Tower to Eiffel Tower) to raise money for Donna’s Dream House.  We are completing the miles in college but will finish the last 60 miles on Tuesday 25thFebruary 2020 on the match day against Blackpool FC and Bolton. We will be based in the Education and Community Centre at the stadium.

Donna’s Dream House provides free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Whilst the voluntary team of Donna’s Dream House provides the expertise, enthusiasm and administration. They also bring sunshine and fun into children’s lives, a sense of wonder, adventure, laughter and a much-needed holiday in Blackpool for families. 

We were given a tour around Donna’s Dream House by the CEO Glenn who was Donna’s father. He was very passionate, down to earth and very open about everything that happens there. He took us around many themed rooms e.g. Disney room, sweet shop room and a little cinema with seats from a theatre and a hot tub. He told us how they gained money through donations and not through government funding. 

This is one of the reasons we picked Donna’s Dream House as we felt like the donations we may receive would help them a lot to either maintain the facilities or help build something new. All the rooms had en-suite bathrooms and were very special and unique.  The outside area was very nice and included former illuminations, a memory garden which had a log flume with carp fish in the water.  Looking round it was what you would expect from a really good hotel.  

So far we have raised £310 on our GoFundMe page. We have already adjusted our GoFundMe target from £250 to £500 and this will hopefully continue to rise. As well as this, we have raised between £150-200 in bucket collection. We are currently collecting items for a charity auction as well from a host of names such as Charlie Adam, Brian Rose and Ian Evatt as well as items from Blackpool Football Club and Fleetwood Town Football Club. 

You can get in touch with regards to our fundraiser via twitter, our page is @pool2paris. Here you will find a link to our GoFundMe if you wish to donate money or DM us regarding items for our donations. 

We hope many people will support us on our journey and we are ready for the challenges ahead. The final miles will be completed at the Blackpool FC vs Bolton Wanderers match. Feel free to come by the Education and Community Centre to show your support prior to the home match!

Written by Joe Shaw – Blackpool FC Community Sports College BTEC student.

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Norbreck Primary Academy Player Visit

‘Schools Football Week’

On 4thJanuary 2020 Blackpool FC Community Trust coordinated a player visit at Norbreck Primary Academy (winners of the local EFL Kids Cup Competition) to promote English Schools FA’s initiative ‘Schools Football Week’. The initiative aims to increase engagement in school’s football while also highlighting the benefits children would gain, such as: teaching respect, reducing obesity, reducing stress and provides a sense of pride by taking part in schools football. Norbreck received a visit from two Blackpool FC first team players Sullay Kaikai and Kieran Dewsbury-Hallwho shared their life experiences, rituals and how their football path has brought them to Blackpool. 

What do you eat as a pre-match meal?

  • KDH Most of the time I have something light which will give me energy but not stomach-ache. I usually have toast with some sort of topping like egg or beans.
  • SK I am similar, something tasty but not too filling. I have been having Salmon and avocado on toast recently. 

Do you get nervous before games?

  • KDH I do have nerves, but I see them more as excitement to do well. It’s a great feeling running out onto the pitch to a crowd of people watching you play football. 
  • SK Nerves can be a positive because it means you care about what you are about to do.  A few deep breaths and early touches of the ball helps you settle down. 

What the best team you have played against?

  • KDH I have played against Manchester City which was a tough game.
  • SK Manchester Utd, I played against them in an FA Cup reply for Cambridge United which was a great experience. 

How did you get into professional football?

  • KDH I started playing football at the age of 5 or 6 and by the age of 8 I was lucky enough to have been scouted by my hometown team Leicester City. I’ve been there ever since and a few weeks ago I was given the chance to make my first team debut. Now that I am on loan at Blackpool FC I am looking forward to seeing where my journey takes me. 
  • SK My route was a lot different to Kieran’s but just as enjoyable. I was playing grassroots football up to the age of 15 until I was scouted by my local team Crystal Palace. They gave me my professional debut which is a day I’ll never forget. 

Why did you come to Blackpool? 

  • KDH I have only been here a few weeks, but the Club are very ambitious, and I want to play a part in the new chapter for Blackpool. 
  • SK Ambition shown by the management team and the Owner shows that this club is only going one way, we have a great squad, lovely stadium and fans that deserve to be in a higher league. 

The players stayed for some group photos and autographs before wishing the Norbreck team good luck in the Regional Kids Cup Final held at Accrington Stanley next month. 

“It’s great that the players have taken time out to come and speak to the boys. They shared some valuable knowledge on what it takes to be a professional footballer and how best to prepare for games.”  Chris Debar – Physical Education Manager 

The football team will continue to be supported by Blackpool FC Community Trust with weekly training sessions after school, up until the finals in mid-March. 

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust: Call: 01253 348 691 follow BFCCT on social media.