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Community Trust to celebrate Blackpool FC’s 48 & 53 cup exploits

Blackpool FC have reached three FA Cup Finals, finally winning the trophy in 1953. Two of these dates coincide with our weekly Sporting Memories sessions and so we plan to use these dates to celebrate these events.

  • Join us on Wednesday 24th April from 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, Blackpool, FY3 7RW where we will discuss how the 1948 FA Cup run unfolded, which culminated in Blackpool FC reaching their first ever FA Cup Final against Manchester United. To celebrate the anniversary of this event, join us to hear and share stories of both clubs journey to Wembley, including memorabilia, with guest speakers.
  • Also, join us on Thursday 2nd May from 1 – 2.30pm at Bloomfield Road, Sponsors Lounge (enter via Main Reception), Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ where we will discuss the legendary FA Cup of 1953, which culminated in Blackpool winning the trophy for the first and only time by beating Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in one of the greatest cup finals of all time. To celebrate the anniversary of this event, join us to hear and share stories of this incredible victory with a guest speaker.

For further information, please call Dave on 07786 361238, or the office on 01253 348691 or email

Community Trust Staff are taking part in Streetlife’s #BigSleepout19

On Friday 26th April, staff members of the Community Trust will be taking part in the 5th annual ‘Big Sleepout’ in Blackpool town centre. The aim is to raise money for the charity Streetlife who work with vulnerable young people in the Blackpool area, with the donations going towards keeping the Night Shelter open, a safe accommodation for homeless young people to access.

The Night Shelter is open 365 days a year and has been running since 1992. As well as providing emergency accommodation Streetlife offer advice and support for young people across a number of issues, such as mental health problems and substance misuse. There are also drop in sessions available four times a week where young people have the opportunity to socialise, have something to eat and gain access to the internet to search for accommodation or apply for a job.  

Last year, the sleepout raised an amazing £41,000, so this year we are getting involved to help try and raise even more!

Five of our staff members will be sleeping on the street in St John’s Square to raise money towards this fantastic cause and have raised 80% of their target already!

Chris Debar, one of the Trust members of staff taking part in the sleepout said “We’re really proud to be able to support a local charity who do amazing work in the town, providing a crucial service to young people. Like ourselves, they exist to serve the community of Blackpool and it’s important that we all work together to provide the best possible future for all local people.”

We’re looking forward to taking part in the event but more importantly we hope the money we raise will help keep some of the young people of Blackpool safe. Any donations you make will make a huge difference to the lives of others. ”

For any more information about Streetlife and the work they do, visit their website

If you can help out by donating to support the great work that Streetlife do, please visit our Just Giving page. Any contribution will be greatly received.

Blackpool FC Community Trust Family Fun Day

Saturday 4th May 2019, 3pm – 5:30pm

Blackpool FC Community Trust are hosting a Family Fun Event prior to the final home fixture of the season against Gillingham. The event will take place in the North Stand Car Park from 3pm until Kick-Off at 5:30pm and is completely free of charge.

There will be a variety of activities for all age groups to get involved with, from a bouncy castle and face painting to penalty shoot-outs and mega football in our giant inflatable pitch. 

Through sponsorship from Tower Insurance we are able to provide almost 2000 free tickets, to local families that are involved with our current provision, to watch the game after the event.

Over 200 of these tickets will be available to the public through competitions running across our social media platforms. Make sure you are following us if you want to be in with a chance of winning. Just search for ‘BFCCT’ on your favourite platform. Further details will be announced in due course.

Community Trust CEO, Ashley Hackett is feeling very optimistic following the success of previous years. “We are always really excited to deliver this event and give families in Blackpool the chance to enjoy some of our activities and also cheer on our first team. This is the fourth year we have delivered this and we anticipate this being the biggest yet. We will be delivering a host of activities and will announce more things, once they are confirmed. We would also like to thank Tower Insurance for donating the funds to invite local families to the game and help us engage young people that have not attended games for many years. This will hopefully be a platform to engage them to attend on a regular basis next season and in future years.”

In conjunction with Blackpool Food Bank we will also be collecting Tinned Foods, Pasta, Pasta Sauces, Tea, Coffee and Long Life Milk etc. on the day in order to create emergency food parcels for Blackpool residents. If you can help, please bring something along to be in with the chance of winning one of many raffle prizes on the day!

***You do not need a match ticket to attend the fun day***

For more information, find us on social media or call 01253 348691

JOB VACANCY: Traineeship Officer (over 25’s)

Job Description – Traineeship Officer over 25’s

Due to the expansion of our Education and Employability programmes, Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking for a new member of staff to join our vibrant and forward-thinking organisation, which helps develop a range of opportunities for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to improve their lifestyles, education and health.

The Community Trust is an independent registered charity that is looking to add another member of staff to the very successful Education and Employability delivery team.

We are looking for a Traineeship Officer (25yrs+) who will deliver our new Over 25’s Traineeship programme. The eight-week programme will support people in Blackpool to gain the skills and experience to gain employment.

Please email for an application form. Once completed please send the completed form to:


Post: Selina Hayes, Head of Education, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Interviews will take place week commencing 29th April 2019.


A Fantastic Start to Autism Awareness Week

We had a fantastic start to Autism Awareness Week on Monday 1st April, with Park Community Academy and Woodlands school coming together to play a friendly match.  With the majority of their students having ASD and other profound and complex learning difficulties this was Woodlands first football fixture .  It was also one of the first opportunities for Park pupils to represent their school in a competitive football fixture.

Mr Johnston, from Park Academy credited the event saying, “Fantastic event!  It was excellent to see pupils from both schools playing sport in a supporting environment.  As Blackpool FC Community Trust staff have been working with them weekly, it made the children feel comfortable to play and they were able to express themselves.  It was great that the teachers were also involved and it was a community team effort.”




Mr Davison from Woodlands School said, “The participants have been working towards this day for the past term, with Blackpool FC Community Trust staff creating and delivering the first sports specific lunch time club.  Due to the success of this club, Woodlands school has now created other sports clubs which further enhances the student’s opportunity for physical activity.”

Blackpool FC Community Trust also hold Pan Abilty football sessions on Thursday evenings:

4:30pm – 5:30pm for 7 – 16 year olds (£3 per sessions) and 7pm – 8pm for 16 year olds and over (£1 per session).  These sessions take place at PlayFootball, Garstang Road West, Blackpool, FY3 7JH.

For more information please contact: 01253 348 691

Supporting you over the Exam Season

As the exam period is fast approaching, we want to offer all GCSE and A-Level students across Blackpool the opportunity to revise with friends at Bloomfield Road stadium.  Open revision sessions will take place every Wednesday 4.30pm till 6.30pm throughout April, in the comfort of the executive boxes overlooking the pitch.

The revision sessions will be supported by Blackpool FC Community Trust staff, including our education programme tutors.  Revising in a group has many benefits, including keeping motivated, learning from each other and discussing topics also helps to commit them to memory.

As part of the sessions, you will be provided with flipchart paper, post it notes and refreshments including tea, coffee and biscuits.

The sessions will take place on Wednesday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th April. Access to the stadium will be through the Blackpool FC Community Trust office.

If you would like to come along, please contact Blackpool FC Community Trust on 01253 348691 and book your place.

Gifted and Talented Camps 2019

During the February half-term, 56 pupils from 11 Blackpool primary schools attended a two day Gifted and Talented camp held at the home of Blackpool FC, Bloomfield Road.

Pupils in years 5 and 6 who have been identified as being particularly talented within Physical Education were invited to attend the camp to give them the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the National Curriculum. They took part in a variety of activities that allowed them to focus on qualities such as communication, teamwork, leadership and resilience.

“During the first day we had a big focus on teamwork and creating an environment that was fun and accessible for their development, starting with mini challenges. Other activities across the two days varied from individual skills, ball control and team games such as handball to capture the essence of what is needed for sport at a higher level, both technical and social. The camp was enjoyable for participants and coaches, celebrating talent in an exciting way.”

The pupils were mixed together to allow them to meet new people from different schools. Over the two days the pupils showed an eagerness to learn, enthusiasm to join in with new and challenging activities, and most importantly, enjoyed themselves, with some of the pupils commenting;

”It’s been really fun and I’d love to come back again. I’ve loved doing the minute to win it activities”

“This morning has been really fun and challenging, I’m really excited to come back”.

The Gifted and Talented programme, part of the Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars project, is delivered in partnership with Sport Blackpool. The two organisations work together across a number of areas to provide opportunities to the young people of Blackpool. Over the previous 12 months the Gifted and Talented programme has been trialled which has included a number of camps, similar to the one recently delivered, and a festival that had 60 pupils attend. The camp during February had the highest number of pupils attend yet, which has been achievable through this partnership work.

Dave Rohman, Sports Development Officer and School Games Organiser for Sport Blackpool, spoke positively about the partnership work between the two organisations and the success the programme is now having. “It has been great to see so many children from our schools taking part in the Gifted & Talented Camps as it highlights the fantastic ability we have in Blackpool. We have really enjoyed working alongside the coaches from Blackpool FC Community Trust as it has allowed our own coaches to work with fellow sporting professionals with the common goal of celebrating the ability of the children and developing it even further. We hope the partnership continues to grow and we can work together to have a positive impact on the lives of many more Blackpool children.”

Pupils will now be invited to attend a further two camps during the Easter and May half-terms to further develop their skills, culminating in a Gifted and Talented festival in June.

EFL Day Of Action: Knife Crime Workshop

ELF Day of Action

Throughout every week we provide a variety of activities all over Blackpool to support our community.  EFL Day of Action took place on Tuesday 19th March 2019 and is a day to celebrate what people do for each other.

As part of EFL Day of Action, Blackpool FC Community Trust held a Knife Crime Workshop at Blackpool & The Fylde College, engaging their sports students and participants from our NCS programme.  The workshop was delivered by Activ8 Self Defence who discussed the dangers of carrying knives and how to protect yourself if you were caught in that situation.  One of the participants said, “It has been a real eye opener.  I didn’t realise how much of a problem knife crime was so to be able to see how I can defend myself is great.”

Jonny, Senior Social Inclusion Officer, “With the current problems in society in regards to knife crime we felt that it should be a key component to our NCS programme to include self-defence and awareness of knife crime.  Therefore the workshop, delivered by Acitv8, is a really good opportunity to open the eyes of young people to see the devastating results and dangers of carrying knives, whilst learning what could be valuable self-defence techniques.”

We also held an educational Q&A session encouraging local school pupils to ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, visited St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School to see part of our Premier League Primary Stars provision and went to Highfield Day Care Centre to speak to one of our Traineeship participant and see her in action.

We will be holding more Knife Crime Workshops throughout the year.  If you would like more information please keep an eye on our social media pages or contact Michael on 01253 348 691.

Tiny Tangerines New Times

Tiny Tangerines is a football activity session which aims to increase confidence and co-ordination for children from reception upwards, giving them the opportunity to engage with other children whilst developing football skills.


From Tuesday 2nd April Tiny Tangerines will now be held:

4;30pm – 5:15pm for Reception children

5:30pm – 6:15pm for Year 1&2

At: PlayFootball, Garstang Road, FY3 7JH

For more information on Tiny Tangerines please call 01253 348 691.



‘Move, Play and Grow’ Get A Royal Visit

We had the honour of being involved in the Royal Visit to showcase the great work we deliver for our Early Years as part of our BetterStart Fit2Go programme – Move, Play & Grow with your child.

“On Wednesday 6th March, we were invited to Revoe Park for the showcasing of the new community garden. Special guests the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended to see the work that had been done by many volunteers. We were there to show our Early Years provision ‘Move, Play & Grow with your child’ which is funded by Better Start. A few families that have been part of the programme, were chosen to attend and get involved with some healthy lifestyle activities. It was an honour to be invited to the event and to be part of a special day”. – Zoe (Health Officer).

More information on these sessions can be found here.