Blackpool FC Sports College November Round Up

Another busy month for our Sports College students, here is a quick overview:


Well done to all students who took part in NCS…what a week it was!!

From caving to archery, team building to cooking, students challenged themselves throughout the week and have hopefully taken away many life experiences and memories with their peers.

Students expressed their enjoyment and have even asked for more likewise residentials in the summer, which we will look at in the new year.

Harley, BTEC Year 1 student said:

“I really enjoyed the NCS week. My favourite parts of the week were caving and archery. I also loved being able to help other people challenge themselves.”


Student placements and practical delivery

Throughout November, more students have now started work experience placements, with two BTEC students volunteering on Tiny Tangerines and another working on Premier League Primary star provisions. There have been numerous students working match days alongside Medics UK to assist with stretcher use for players and crowd control.

Our BTEC Level 2 have developed coaching skills and planned their own sessions based around fitness, playground games and sports specific sessions. Throughout the month, students have independently led their sessions to the groups showing great confidence, communication, and problem-solving skills. We can’t wait to see the other sessions next month!

Football Fixtures

The teams have been training hard in preparation for the games ahead. This month has been a successful one for the A team, with the following results:

01/11/2023 – Blackpool A Vs Manchester City F (3-2 Win)

22/11/2023 – Blackpool A Vs Manchester City A (7-3 Win)

29/11/2023 – Blackpool A Vs Manchester City I (Cup fixture, 10-1 Win)

Try the Train

Our first-year degree students have engaged in a new initiative ‘Try the Train’. This initiative is supported by Northern Rail and aims to develop confidence and independence in rail travel through a series of rail journeys and journey planning workshops. Throughout the month, we have completed 3 out of 6 workshops, gaining a lot of knowledge which will support the students when travelling to Cardiff for their course residential assessments next year.

Life skills workshops

Wasted lives – The fire brigade attended college to discuss road safety and investigated the consequences of irresponsible road use. This aims to reduce road casualties through the management of speed, enforcement, engineering, emergency response, driver education and training. Students were shown the impact of speeding and drink driving with the use of a vehicle onsite to evidence the outcomes.

White Ribbon – This workshop was delivered by staff at Empowerment and promotes awareness about respectful relationships and covers topics such as consent, gender equality, and bystander intervention. This component emphasises the role students can play in fostering a safe and respectful community.

Vaping – Our BTEC Level 2 learners have participated in a vaping tutorial to learn about the risks and consequences of vaping. They discussed harmful effects of vaping on health, addiction risks, and the impact on academic and personal life. This workshop has hopefully helped students make informed decisions about their well-being.

The festivities have begun!

The tree is UP and the students are getting in the festive spirit. Well, some!! Others were not as enthusiastic about seeing a Christmas tree in November. We are now looking forward to the first Teachers Cup competition of the academic year, where students will play in a tournament, representing one of the tutors. This is always a huge success which becomes very competitive with all staff members wanting to lift the trophy.