College Fundraiser (9th – 16th) – Students from Blackpool FC Sports College will be running a charity fundraising event to raise money for the British Heart Foundation by hosting several activities such as a walk around Nicky Nook, a circuit session at Blackpool FC Sports College and a gym session at the local JD Gym. They hope to burn over 50,000 calories to help them reach the goal of the event which is called ‘The Great British Burnoff’. We would love to see the community of Blackpool supporting this great event!
What is Returning??? – We have several things returning after the new year. These things include:
- BFC School (3rd)
- Blackpool FC Sports College (3rd)
- Tiny Tangerines (3rd) – book your place here.
- All school provisions (3rd)
- All community programmes (3rd)
New FIT Blackpool Dates – We have 10 FIT Blackpool cohorts starting this month. FIT Blackpool is a FREE 12-week weight management and healthy lifestyle programme which involves educational workshops and physical activity to provide immediate and sustainable results. The sessions include:
Stadium Female Evening Session – 16/01/2023
Stadium Female Daytime Session – 18/01/2023
Stadium Male Daytime Session – 19/01/2023
Stadium Male Evening Session – 19/01/2023
Bispham All Hallows – 23/01/2023
Stadium Combat Female Session 24/01/2023
EFL Week of Action (16th Jan to 20th Jan) – We will be partaking in this year’s #EFLWeekofAction. We are looking forward to it!
Introducing Move More – This month, our Move More programmes will launch with several sessions for the @thegrange community. These include:
Healthy Habits is a FREE 10-week healthy lifestyle programme. The programme is designed to support people to live a healthier lifestyle, as well as gradually building up their fitness levels. The programme will run every Tuesday from 13:45-15:00, starting on 10th January.
This programme is for anyone aged 18+, with a BMI of 25 or above. The BMI is in place due to a weight loss focus of the programme. Healthy Habits will be a programme of mixed-gender cohorts.
Move Into Employment is a FREE 10-week course starting January 6th for people aged 18+. The course will focus on building resilience and self-confidence whilst compiling a CV and exploring the job market in Blackpool. Part of the session will also include exercise to improve mental well-being. A FREE meal will also be provided at every session.
To register for either of the above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Warm-Hubs (3rd January) – Our Winter Warm-Hubs will be returning in early January. Together with Blackpool FC, we will be to providing families and those socially isolated and vulnerable with a place to keep warm, socialise and have access to free hot drinks and food. Our Pool Together Hubs, run every Tuesday and Thursday from 12 pm – 3 pm and includes teas, coffees, biscuits and activities and our Family Hub runs Monday – Friday from 3 pm – 6 pm which includes a free meal and lots of fun activities and games to enjoy. Join us at our first sessions back on the 3rd of January.
Both of these hubs are free to attend.
Thank you to Blackpool Council and Simon Sadler’s Segantii Capital Management for the financial support.
Get Vocal (Every Monday – returning 9th January) – Get Vocal is a Men’s social group which aims to bring men closer together to create a safe space. The provision has been developed in partnership with Blackpool FC and Blackpool Council. This group runs every Monday in the North Stand Community Hub in Bloomfield Road from 6 pm – 8 pm and is run by Brett and Dan who work on our Community Cohesion Team. Free refreshments will be provided each week. Please note this group is for men aged 18+. Get Vocal is free to attend.
The Big Food Truck – Working in partnership with Blackpool Foodbank, The Big Food Truck will be back at the stadium on Tuesday 10th January from 2pm until 4pm. Situated in the North Stand Community Hub, anyone can access this service which provides food parcels to help with the cost of living. Single bags are £3 and family bags are £5.
Emerging Talent Centre Full Launch – We are very excited to launch the girls Emerging Talent Centre, part of the new England Lioness Pathway for the most talented female footballers aged 9-16. The 30-week programme will run on Friday evenings and will give all of the girls selected access to train under professional FA/UEFA qualified coaches, goalkeeper-specific coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and qualified physios. The aim is to create future England Lionesses and feed the most talented players into the England Talent Pathway. We initially had around 300 girls register to be part of the programme, but we have now whittled this down to just 66 girls who will be registered this season to represent the u10s, u12s, u14s and u16s.
Premier League Inspires Challenge Introduction – Our High School Hub Mentors will be introducing the Premier League Inspires Challenge to Y9 pupils. Here they will begin their efforts to develop a social action plan to make Blackpool an eco-friendlier place to live. Their projects will be planned and presented at Bloomfield Road where they will then have the opportunity to action their proposals.
In our PL Inspires session, we continue to develop our partnership work and will be joined by staff from Empowerment who will deliver a session on healthy relationships to all our Y9 pupils.
PL Inspires Challenge (6th February) – We provide High School pupils across the town the opportunity to take part in our Premier League-funded ‘Inspires’ programme. The programme aims to support pupils with mental health and resilience, whilst improving other important life skills such as communication and organisation. During the programme pupils are presented with the opportunity to partake in the ‘Premier League Inspires Challenge’. Here, pupils work in small groups to formulate an idea and plan how to tackle the issue presented to them by the Premier League.