Who are Blackpool FC Community Trust
Blackpool FC Community Trust (BFCCT) is the official charity of Blackpool FC, based at Bloomfield Road Stadium. Working with residents as young as two years old up to adults in the later stages of life, Blackpool FC Community Trust provide a diverse range of programmes to increase social inclusion opportunities; improve physical fitness, health, and education; and lessen involvement in anti-social behaviour.
Many of the initiatives we deliver are directly funded through partner organisations and grant-awarding bodies. Some of these include The Premier League; the EFL Trust; The PFA; Sport England; Big Lottery; The Football Foundation; NHS Blackpool CCG and Blackpool Council to name a few.
BFCCT constantly evolves to support local need and by linking with local partners we can increase our impact on the town.
Working with so many organisations has allowed us to become a vital strategic partner in activity provision across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. In addition to the wealth of programmes out in the community and local schools, BFCCT provide several education opportunities on site. These include an alternative to mainstream schooling for Year 10 and 11 students; as well as full-time education offers as part of Blackpool FC Sports College.
Studying at Blackpool FC Sports College gives students the unique opportunity to learn within the largest sports organisation in Blackpool. This means students can speak to, and gain experience from, professionals currently working in the sport, fitness, and leisure sectors.
In recent years, the Community Trust has grown into a well-established organisation, providing something for everybody, that every Blackpool FC fan and resident should be involved with and very proud of.
Speaking about 2023 successes, Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive Officer for Blackpool FC Community Trust said:
“2023 has been another successful year, we have worked with over 17,000 different people throughout the season across all of our programmes. I am so proud of the whole team for all the fantastic work they have done.
Last winter we started our family hubs and were able to continue these into 2023, including through summer and relaunching this winter. We are also really proud to have launched our FA Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre earlier this year for girls across four age groups to get involved in academy-level football, providing a pathway for girls to experience high-quality coaching and progress onto the England Lioness Pathway.
Thank you to Blackpool FC and all of our partners for all the support, we couldn’t do what we do without their support.”
In 2024 we have lots to look forward to:
Sessions resume on w/c 8th January 2024.
Camps are taking place from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th January 2024.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students back for another exciting year after the Christmas break.
Our partner schools will be receiving a visit from Aviel from The Den who will support our healthy relationships session. This year our social action theme focusses on mental health and schools will begin their journey to present their mental health projects and how this can help their local football club, community or school.
PL Kicks HAF is running at Claremont Park and Aspire Sports Hub from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th January 2024. Our usual timetable resumes w/c 8th January 2024.
Resume on w/c 8th January 2024 with a new location being announced… keep your eyes peeled.
These sessions will resume w/c 2nd January 2024.
The Big Food Truck will return w/c 2nd January 2024.
Monday night sessions and recording of our podcasts will return w/c 8th January 2024.
Blackpool Girls and Ladies Mid-season trials
Taking place on Tuesday 16th January 2024 7pm to 9pm at Blackpool Sports Centre 3G, West Park Drive, FY3 9HQ. If you are age 16+ and interested in joining our Ladies First Team, Development Squad, or Under 18s, come along to our open age trials.
New cohorts starting on 15th January 2024.
Thanks to LionTrust, we can invite participants to watch Blackpool FC home matches. During these matches, we deliver halftime challenges with the support from Football Flick. Keep an eye on our social media pages after every home match to see what goes on!
Good luck to Blackpool FC in all their fixtures this month.
Lincoln City – 1st January (Home)
Leyton Orient – 6th January (Away)
Exeter City – 13th January (Home)
Bristol Rovers – 20th January (Away)
Charlton Athletic – 27th January (Home)
Food Donations on Matchday
This season we continue to support our community by holding food donation points on match days. This takes place at every home game with the drop-off point being in the South Stand, close to the Junior Seasiders activity space.
Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.
WE NEED YOU!
We are looking for volunteers to help at our community sessions. Register your interest here.
We are also looking for people to join our team, take a look at what job opportunities we have available here.