Armed Forces

Supported through funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, Blackpool FC Community Trust are proud to host a range of armed forces programmes within the Community. This includes serving personnel, families, veterans and families of veterans. Please note some of these sessions are currently being delivered online.

Within our sessions, veterans have the chance to engage with other members of the armed forces community, providing an opportunity to rediscover the unique camaraderie of serving soldiers. This includes coffee mornings, breakfast clubs, walking and running football, and the opportunity to represent Blackpool FC in veterans competitions against other clubs in the NW.

The below information is subject to change when sessions recommence.

Armed Forces Football – CURRENTLY ONLINE

Thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant, we are finally able to commence our forces football offer, subject to any forthcoming guideline changes.

When: Thursday

5 – a – side football

Meet other current and ex- forces personnel, have a laugh and kick about with the opportunity to represent BFCCT at events against other professional football clubs.

Venue: Play Football, Blackpool, Garstang Road

Time: 6pm – 7pm

Day: Thursday

Cost: £2 per session – First session FREE

Ex Armed Forces Breakfast Club – CURRENTLY ONLINE

The Grange Bathurst Avenue, Blackpool, FY3 7RW

A chance to get together with other ex-armed forces personnel.

FREE hot barm with tea or coffee at this session on presentation of your Veterans Card or Regiment Numbers.

Ex-Armed Forces Coffee Morning – CURRENTLY ONLINE

Have you, or your spouse or partner, served in the UK Armed Forces?

If so, you might be interested in our weekly Ex-Armed Forces Coffee Morning, which is for members of the Armed Forces Community. It is a place where those who have served, and families, can meet up, have a brew, share stories and have some fun with like-minded individuals.

COVID UPDATE

Veterans Zoom Coffee Mornings (VZCM)

Wednesdays 10:30am to 11:30am
Cost: Free
A weekly meet up for a chat, good laugh, and general knowledge quiz.
To get the onto a session email justin.singleton@bfcct.co.uk

Veteran’s Gardening Club

Help BFCCT maintain our memorial space dedicated to Blackpool FC players who sadly lost their lives during the First World War. 
If you’re not that green fingered, then just come along for brew and a chat.
There are other memorials in need of maintenance down at the Arboretum which require a small army of volunteers, so once Veterans Gardening Club has finished there’s plenty of opportunity to get more involved.
A flask, wellies, gloves, and warm kit would be useful if you decide to come and help.

Where: Thursday’s 1000hrs to 1200hrs at the ‘Fylde Memorial Arboretum & Community Woodland’.

Cost: Free

Vets On Steps

Vets on Steps is a new programme to help Armed Forces Veterans combat loneliness. During lockdown periods, vulnerable people are becoming even more isolated than ever before. To help our veterans out within the Blackpool and Fylde area, Vets on Steps will be making ‘garden gate’ visits to properties where isolated veterans are living. We’ll stand at the gate for a chat, you as a vet stand on your doorstep.

Weekdays at various times.

Cost: Free