The Takeover of Bloomfield Road Stadium

From Tuesday 7thMay – Friday 10thMay 2019 The Community Trust engaged over 1900 participants in a variety of activities at the stadium.  

This year the Fit2Go Festival reached new heights with a staggering 1496 children taking part in the celebration event held over three days.  Everyone of the 32 primary schools in Blackpool had Year 4 children represent them in the fun carousel of activities held on the pitch at Bloomfield Road, home of Blackpool FC. 

Mark Joseph, Senior Health Officer, “This year has been the biggest festival to date and it was great to see so many happy faces enjoying the activities.  To have nearly 1500 children access the Club in such a positive way was a huge achievement for the Trust and a credit to all the primary schools. We are very fortunate to have the support of the football club to allow us use of the pitch at the end of the season and give the schools a unique experience of playing games in the stadium.”

More than 60 Year 11 pupils came along to play in Blackpool FC Community Trust’s BTEC Education 7-a-side Football Tournament on the pitch.  Players from Kirkham Juniors, Clifton Rangers, Foxhall Juniors, Poulton Pumas, Accrington Stanley Community Trust and a team from Blackpool FC Community Trust took part in the event on Tuesday evening.  Clifton Rangers took the title.  

“A really enjoyable event for players, coaching staff and spectators.”

In addition, the final league game of the season was played at Bloomfield Road with Blackpool FC Community Trust BTEC Football Academy taking a deserved win 4-2 against Fleetwood Town Community Trust.

If you are 16 – 18 years old, we are currently taking expressions of interest for places available on our September 2019 Football and Sports Coaching Academy. We deliver BTEC Level 1,2 and 3 courses, if you or anybody you know may be interested in gaining qualifications and real experience in the industry, please get in touch for more information on 01253 348691. 

Thursday, we test piloted a Unified Football programme with a football festival on Bloomfield Road with our Pan Ability and Sixth Form provisions with great success. 

Unified Football promotes social inclusion through training and competition experiences.  This allows people of a similar age and ability, with and without learning difficulties, to play together in the same team to help build friendships and understanding.

On the final day of our ‘Stadium Takover’ 80 pupils took part in the Key Stage 1 Festival. Engaging in a range of physical activities with the opportunity to play mini MEGA football matches in our unique inflatable pitch and taking shots at the target goal.  

This was then followed by a Pan Ability Football Festival which we received lots of positive feed back from:

Great Arley School: -“Last Friday a few of our pupils attended Bloomfield Road Football Festival.  All the pupils loved it and behaved brilliantly.”

Stuart Johnson: –  “What a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to play at a professional ground. They were excited in the build up to the event and loved every minute of it whilst we were there. The day was played in great spirit with some really good football played. A massive thank you to the Blackpool Community Trust team for making it happen. It certainly created life long memories especially for the pupils which regularly attend Blackpool matches'”

Kerri – “Playing on the same pitch as the players I watch every Saturday was a dream come true. I was so happy when I scored a goal”

During the week knife crime workshops took place, Walking Football and Premier League Kicks participants enjoyed the opportunity to play at the ground and the weekly FFIT programmes were also delivered, as usual, at the ground.


Throughout the week a wide age range were engaged through the numerous opportunities made available.  As always, we are proud to be supporting our community. 

Expanding Traineeship Opportunities

Blackpool FC Community Trust currently provide an employability programme to support 18 – 24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Working in partnership with the EFL Trust and West Lancashire College the Traineeship programme was developed to support young people over a 12 week period to give them work experience along with additional qualifications to make them more employable.   

Qualifications include, Functional Skills Maths and English, L3 First Aid At Work, L1 in Employability and L1 in Health and Safety At Work.

We currently work with a host of businesses including; Blackpool Pleasure Beach, NHS, Blackpool Transport, Toyland, all of who provide valuable work placement opportunities for young people to gain work experience. There were 18 young people who completed the programme at the end of April with a number of them securing full time employment.  The next course will begin on Monday 3rdJune 2019, if you would like more information: 01253 348 691.

Although the project is delivered by 24 clubs across England we have been selected, as one of only a handful, to pilot a 25 plus programme in conjunction with the EFL and Job Centre Plus.

“I would just like to say that working with the Community Trust these last 12 months has been amazing and supportive.   It has helped us at the Job Centre get many disadvantaged young people back into work and education.   Some of which, had no previous experience or life goals.

I believe our close working relationship will help many more move forward into the world over the coming months and years.  It has worked so well with the young people that we have referred to the traineeship.”

  • Abergale Britton Job Centre plus  

The 25 plus programme will be the same as the 18-24 year old programme but over an 8 week period with the addition of ICT Digital Skills and Business Admin. qualifications.

This first pilot with be aimed solely at females, due to the high number of unemployed females in the 25 plus age bracket, and then opened to all 25 plus people who are long term unemployed. Places will be filled by referrals from the Job Centre.

For more information about the Community Trust please visit www.bfcct.co.uk, follow us on social media or call 01253 348 691.

Meet Our Participants

“Before attending the Blackpool FC Community Trust’s traineeship programme I was having problems trying to gain employment.  Having just left college I had qualifications but no work experience and at this stage I was unsure on how to get work experience and the necessary reference to help me.  I was lacking in confidence and was worried about getting a job straight away, never having worked in retail or dealing customers.

As part of the programme I undertook a work placement at Toyland, this gave me the opportunity to experience working in retail which I felt  would be useful to me in the future.  At Toyland I didn’t feel alone, there were other people on work placement which also included people from the traineeship programme. This placement allowed me to gain skills including pricing items, dealing with stock, deliveries and customer service.”

“Throughout the traineeship course I have improved in my confidence and feel the work experience at Toyland will help me with future employment. The tutors delivering the course are there to support you, they check on how well you are getting on at the work placement and half way through the course was asked if I wanted to pursue a career in retail. My answer to this was no, I had an interest in media and after the traineeship course I planned on going back into further or higher education to study media.  Because of this I have been given the opportunity to get involved with the media side of both Blackpool FC and the Community Trust to give me an insight how both these organisation use the media.

The Blackpool FC Community Trust traineeship programme doesn’t just help with work experience but helps improve grades in Maths and English as well as First aid and employability qualifications which all help improve your CV and make you more employable.”

– Written by Jasmine who took part in our Traineeship programme.

To find out more about our next courses, including our NEW over 25’s course, please get in touch.

Family Fun Day 2019

On Saturday 4thMay The Community Trust held a FREE Family Fun Day for our local community to come along and take part in, prior to Blackpool FC’s final home fixture of the season against Gillingham.    

Through sponsorship from Tower Insurance we were able to provide free match tickets, to local families that are involved with our current provision. We also awarded tickets to winners of social media competitions and local organisations that help us support the community.  These free tickets enabled us to offer an opportunity which may not always be accessible to local families. 

“Thanks for a brilliant day.  This little beauty (Lola – Violet) enjoyed her very first football game.”
– Emma Smith

There were a variety of activities for all age groups to get involved in, from a bouncy castle and face painting to penalty shoot-outs and mega football in our giant inflatable pitch. We also set up table tennis and game consoles in the former Club Shop, which will soon be refurbished to ‘Blackpool FC Community Trust Education and Community Centre’. The event was compared by Fylde Coast Radio who also provided music and played everybody’s’ requests, boosting the atmosphere further. 

In conjunction with Blackpool Food Bank we asked for anyone collecting a free ticket, to bring a food donation with them if they are able.  The response has been OUTSTANDING with over 2000 donations being made – thank you!  Blackpool Food Bank provide emergency food parcels through local front line agencies, such as Children’s Centres and Citizens Advice Bureau, to support families and individuals in Blackpool and the surrounding areas who find themselves in financial crisis and are unable to afford food.

“Thank you for a brilliant day.  
You made my little boy very happy.”
– Tracey Donaghey

It was great to be able to support Blackpool Food Bank’s work alongside our Family Fun Day so thank you everyone who kindly make a donation.

Rob Purdon, BFC programme cover designer, kindly came along to the event and offered everyone FREE caricatures.  “The Community Trust do a tremendous job and have remained a shining light in dark times.  They deserve as much support as possible, so to be able to get involved in the Family Fun Day was a pleasure.  I look forward to helping them out with other events in the future.”

It was also great to have John Cross, from Blackpool FC Programme & Memorabilia Collectors’ Club, hold a ‘Swapperama’ opportunity for fans to; buy, sell, swap, exchange all types of Blackpool FC programmes and memorabilia, it was fantastic to see young and old fans together enjoying the history of the club.

“My two little girls really enjoyed attending the fun day! They enjoyed playing on the bouncy castle and the running ladders.  It was great to see such a variety of activities for all ages. They were also really excited to have their faces painted with heart footballs and glitter!”

Dan Rawlinson

Overall the day was a huge success, bringing the community together with over 1500 people attending. Thank you to: Purdonkey Caricatures, Tower Insurance, John Crossand Fylde Coast Radio for contributing to the day.

We look forward to holding future events for you all, so if you didn’t make it this time keep an eye out for our next event.  

The Family Fun Day kick started the Community Trust’s annual Bloomfield Road Stadium take over. Between Tuesday 7thMay and Friday 10thMay we are taking over Bloomfield Road.  Every primary school in Blackpool has been invited to take part at some point during the week, alongside nurseries, football clubs and other participants. 

Although this was the last home match of the season, don’t forget our provision DOES NOT STOP, we keep going all year round.  To keep up to date with community activities please follow our social media pages, visit www.bfcct.co.uk or contact 01253 348 691.

Half Way There: Female FFIT

Female Football Fans in Training (FFIT) is a FREE 13 week weight management programme located at Bloomfield Road Stadium aimed at women aged 35 – 65 and with a BMI 28 +.  Each session combines both theory and physically activities around the stadium. This free provision includes an initial health check on the first session. You will also receive a booklet to monitor your progress and write notes as well as a pedometer to track your step count throughout each day.  Following our success with delivering the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) for men programme, funded by Sport England, our Female FFIT is being launched thanks to a £10,000 Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grant.

Lucy who co-ordinates and delivers the programme says, “I would recommend this fantastic weight management programme to ladies who would like small and steadily changes to help them develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.  We do this by encouraging realistic targets on a weekly basis so together we can reach your desired goals.”

On Tuesday 30th April, Female FFIT reached its halfway point. 11 out the 15 females currently enrolled on the programme lost 16.1kg and 32cm. The programme so far has included discussions on physical activity and its barriers, alcohol, The Eat Well Guide, recording weekly step count, as well as setting and achieving SMART targets that can be achieved and revised each week. Every session the coaches at BFCCT have introduced new exercises that the participants can learn and continue at home in order to keep active.  

Well done to everyone taking part in this fantastic programme, we are looking forward to the next 6 weeks and even more progression.  There is even the possibility of taking part in the local Race for Life.

If you are interested in the next programme, which is set to start at the beginning of July, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. For more information contact lucy.collins-campbell@bfcct.c.uk or call 01253 348 691

Inaugural Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy

Blackpool FC Community Trust hosted the first ‘Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy’, a football competition for Year 3 and 4 pupils. Held at Armfield Academy on the anniversary of Jimmy Armfields last game for Blackpool FC, 120 pupils attended to compete for the trophy. 14 Blackpool primary schools participated and to commemorate the opponent Jimmy played against in his final game for the club, there was a special invite to the Manchester United Foundation who brought a school team. 

Before any football was kicked Duncan Armfield spoke to the pupils in attendance about his father, giving them an insight into Jimmy’s footballing achievements, who he was as a person and the story of how he use to chase donkeys on the beach to keep up his fitness!

The tournament was split into two leagues where each school played each other once. The games were played in a competitive and friendly spirit, with 150 goals being scored throughout the day. 

Schools were also given a ‘keepy-uppy’ challenge, where their aim was to collectively do a total of 627 kick-ups, to represent the number of games which Jimmy Armfield played for Blackpool FC. Lachlan from Anchorsholme and Harvey from Revoe scored the highest individual number of consecutive kick-ups, 20, with the collective score being 458. 

The winner of each league met each other in the final, with Anchorsholme representing Blackpool as they faced the Manchester United Foundation team. The final was very close and it took just one goal to decide the winners of the first Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy. Anchorsholme came out on top with 1-0 victory in front of the spectating crowd of pupils, teachers and parents. 

Duncan presented the winners and runners up of the competition with medals and the trophy. He also presented Ellis from Manchester United Foundation the Jimmy Armfield Memorial Trophy Player of the Day. Ellis was picked for playing with a smile on his face throughout the whole day, a value that Jimmy believed everyone young pupil should have whilst playing sport. 

The aim of the competition was not only to provide pupils an opportunity to take part in competitive football but to also raise awareness of Jimmy Armfield in the next generation of football fans within the town. Whilst the games were being played, Duncan showed some of the pupils a few of his dad’s trophies such as the Young Player of the Year trophy and his CBE award. 

One pupil couldn’t wait to get home and speak about Jimmy Armfield and the day he’d had. Michelle, a parent from Anchorsholme, told us “Lachlan will cherish his medal and was so excited telling his grandad that he’d seen one of Jimmy Armfields England caps”. 

“The Jimmy Armfield Memorial competition was a wonderful tribute to my late father. Dad was always a strong supporter of youth football, encouraging team play, fitness and lots of fun. Each school participated and what would have pleased dad more than anything was how much fun the children had. Well done to all taking part, Armfield Academy for hosting and the organisation from Chris and the team at the Community Trust. Look forward to many more to come”.

The competition forms part of the Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars programme, which uses the appeal of football clubs to provide a variety of provision in local primary schools. 

Chris Debar, Senior PE Officer for the Community Trust, was happy with how the day went and the impact it had had on the pupils. “The aim of today was to help inspire pupils, give them a chance to play lots of football and leave knowing a little more about Jimmy Armfield and why he’s such a big figure for both the club and the town. I’ve seen lots of pupils with smiles on their faces and one pupil from Anchorsholme told me how he didn’t want to go home because he was enjoying himself so much. 

We’d like to thank the school for allowing us to use the facility and Duncan for being in attendance for the day, sharing stories about his father and allowing pupils to hold and see some of Jimmy’s achievements. I’d also like to thank Dave Rohman from Sport Blackpool for supporting the event too, where our partnership work is growing from strength to strength to ensure we put on the best competitions for the young people of Blackpool”. 

Clifton Rangers Come Out on Top!

More than 60 Year 11 pupils took time out from their revision to play in Blackpool FC Community Trust’s BTEC education 7-a-side Football Tournament on the pitch at Bloomfield Rd. 

Players from Kirkham Juniors, Clifton Rangers, Foxhall Juniors, Poulton Pumas, Accrington Stanley Community Trust and a team from Blackpool FC Community Trust took part in the event on Tuesday evening. 

Foxhall Juniors and Poulton Pumas were successful in their attempts to qualify from Group A. Clifton Rangers and Accrington Stanley were to follow from Group B after the latter had a better goals scored ratio than Kirkham.

Clifton Rangers beat Poulton Pumas 2-0 in the first Semi-Final and Foxhall Juniors were comfortable winners over Accrington Stanley in the second. 

Both teams, Clifton Rangers and Foxhall Juniors, were unbeaten on their journey to the Final so it was to be a close one. Clifton scored early on to settle any nerves with an excellent strike from distance. Foxhall attempted a comeback but struggled to pass a sturdy defence. Clifton hung on for the remainder of the match to clinch this years crown with a 1-0 victory.

A really enjoyable event for players, coaching staff and spectators. 

We are now recruiting students aged 16-18 for our September 2019 Football and Sports Coaching Academy. We deliver BTEC Level 1,2 and 3 courses, if you or anybody you know may be interested in gaining qualifications and real experience in the industry, please get in touch for more information on 01253 348691.

Gateway CPD Workshop

Teachers at Blackpool Gateway Academy took part in a PE CPD workshop as part of the Premier League Primary Stars project. The programme aims to provide school staff with support in their teaching of Physical Education as well as increasing the attainment levels of pupils within Maths and English.

The workshop focused on the Head-Heart-Hands model and the theory behind it, looking at how the National Curriculum for PE can be a key component for whole child development. 

Chris Debar, Senior PE Officer for the Community Trust, has been working with the school to help evaluate their current PE and School Sport provision. “The workshop was the first step of a journey that the school will go on to refresh and review their PE curriculum. We’re hoping that through using resources from organisations such as the Association for PE we can help share the message that PE can be at the heart of primary school life.”

Delivered in partnership with The FA PE Unit, the workshop forms part of the wider work that the Community Trust provide in the school, supporting the delivery of Physical Education through one on one teacher support. Chris Brammall from the FA PE Unit took a lead on the delivery of the workshop, and championed the format. “With the pressures and workloads that teachers face, this was a great way to deliver key messages to all teachers in the same school at the same time. It’s often difficult to provide CPD opportunities because of different barriers, so being able to deliver a twilight session after the school day makes the workshop more accessible to all teaching staff.” 

15 teachers attended the workshop which PE lead Hayley Forster feels was a success. “The feedback from staff has been very positive and many are looking forward to the changes ahead”. 

The Community Trust offer PE workshops to schools free of charge thanks to the Primary Stars project. For more information on the workshops available contact the Community Trust on 01253 348 691

St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School visit the library with Reading the Game

Year 5 pupils from St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School visited Anchorsholme Library as part of the Community Trust’s redeveloped ‘Reading the Game’ programme.

Reading the Game, an English intervention initiative for reluctant readers, is part of the Premier League Primary Stars project delivered in schools across the United Kingdom. It uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. 

Year 5 pupils from St Teresa’s have had weekly sessions based around a variety of football related reading platforms. Sessions included looking at magazines, websites, blogs and a group novel in order to raise the pupil’s interest in reading. These activities were a hit with the pupils who thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Ciaran enjoyed the poetry section because ‘it was funny’ and Elliot also enjoyed it too, saying ‘it helped me learn how to read poetry’. 

As a reward for their hard work eight pupils from the school visited the library. They all signed up to the library and the school will now continue visit the library on a monthly basis to give the pupils the opportunity to change the books they have borrowed. 

Will, one of the pupils from the group said “I have never read so much at home” after taking a book home from the library. 

Jen Crofts, PE Officer for the Trust, has rewritten the Reading the Game programme and was happy with the impact it’s had. “The sessions are now more concise to have a greater impact. We are trying to make the programme sustainable throughout the school and continue the library visits. The need for reading for enjoyment is greater than ever and the participants are now reading more in their spare time.”

Job Vacancy: Revoelution Youth Worker

Revoelution offer you an exciting opportunity to play a key role in improving the lives of young people in one of the most challenging urban environments in the UK. 

Revoelution is Blackpool’s Big LocalPartnership – a community-led project seeking to inspire and empower people in the Revoe area around Central Drive to make it a better place to live. In all our consultations and conversations with residents, concerns about young people have been a high priority – issues raised include antisocial behaviour, involvement in drugs, low educational attainment, lack of access to higher education, low aspirations and a lack of activities for young people. 

This is a great opportunity for an experienced youth worker – a ‘blank canvas’ to plan and deliver activities for young people from often difficult backgrounds in an area with limited youth provision. Revoelution have funded some projects aimed at younger children, but we particularly need someone to focus on teenagers. We need someone with the skills, experience and personality to engage young people and to work with them to design activities that are exciting, safe, varied, developmental and directly responding to the needs and interests of participants.

The role will involve the delivery of youth work activity for young people in the Revoelution area, including leading and supporting a sessional youth worker and volunteers as required. It will be based at the Revoelution Hub, Ibbison Court F1 4AU and other locations in Revoe.

The work will assist with the delivery of the Revoelution Plan (2018-2019) by ensuring that the services provided improve the wellbeing, aspirations, confidence and employability of the young people of Revoe. Maintaining effective working links with the local College, school, Blackpool FC Community Trust and other third sector youth organisations will be a key element of the role.

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How to apply:

For an application form please email: applications@revoelution.org.uk

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We cannot accept CVs. For more information or an informal conversation about the role, contact Simon Lawton, Revoelution Coordinator, on 0752 872 6554. Please note that the job will be subject to satisfactory references and DBS checks.