CEO: Half term concludes but our support continues

There has been a lot of discussion and amazing work done recently to help feed children on free school meals ensuring they continue to receive support during school holidays and Blackpool FC has also done its part to help locally.

The first thing was the fantastic gesture from BFC Hotel to offer free meals to children over half term, which in a time of significant financial difficulty is a great gesture.

We have also continued our partnership with Blackpool Council and their Public Health team, to once again deliver holiday sports camps. Meals have been offered, free of charge, to local children on free school meals at both our Highfield Academy and Unity Academy Sport Camp sites.

We delivered this programme in the summer school holidays and plan to do so again in February and Easter half terms, whilst also developing plans for how we can help at Christmas.

This past week we have also delivered our holiday Stars Inclusion Camp which is an activity camp for local young people with disabilities. The sessions offer positive activity and respite for parents and families.

We’re really proud of the school holiday offer that we deliver locally and hope we can get back to a little more normality by the time our next camps dates come around in February 2021 half term.

The half term break also brings the conclusion of our first period of delivery in schools across our PL Primary Stars, Fit2Go and Unstoppable programmes in local primary schools and our Children In Need provision in local special schools.

The team have been fantastic in adapting to difficult circumstances and making sure our standards of delivery remain at their highest.

We have also completed the first half term of our Blackpool FC Sports College. It’s certainly been a trying period with the amount of guidance we are having to follow to maintain a safe bubble. This time of year is normally the time we see the most transition of students coming and going and we have to confirm registration of students for the year. We started the year with 70 students and finish this period with 69, so it’s been a massive success in keeping all the students engaged and motivated in very unusual circumstance and making sure we can educate face-to-face, on a full time basis.

If you are looking forward to September 2021 and want to know more about our education opportunities, Blackpool FC Sports College are holding an open evening on Tuesday 8th December 2020. Booking is essentials so please call 01253 348 691 so book a time slot where you can learn more about the opportunities, facilities and support we offer.