With an extremely busy September now over, we move into October. This is what we have Coming up in October:
Our half-term sports camps are back, starting up again on the 23rd of October and running until the 27th of October. Places will go fast so if you want a place book here.
Our half-term Football Camps are back, running from the 23rd October up to the 27th October. We have a boy’s camp and girl’s camp running at Aspire Sports Hub. Places will go fast so if you want a place book here.
Our half-term Stars camp is back, beginning on the 23rd of October and ending on the 27th of October. To book a place at our Stars Disability Camp, email email@example.com.
Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) is a government funded provision aimed to offer a diverse range of activities and enrichment to children eligible for and receiving free school meals. This programme aims to work with partners across Blackpool to deliver engaging activities such as sports and arts and crafts and provide health and nutrition information and free healthy meals each day to the participants.
For more information on our HAF Camp please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on our new PL Kicks HAF Camp please email email@example.com
Our Tiny Tangerines sessions run weekly, every Tuesday at Unity Academy, every Friday at Armfield Academy and every Saturday at Aspire Sports Hub, excluding half term. Book on here.
UTILITA Kids Cup 2023
The Kids Cup competition will see more than 14,000 schoolchildren participate in competitive football this season and ensures Clubs continue to forge connections with their local schools and communities. The Utilita Kids Cup is more than just a competition – it fosters boosts in confidence, engages children to participate in team sport and encourages them to strive for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play on the hallowed turf of Wembley.
In a new development this season, the Utilita Kids Cup will expand to the seven-a-side format, in line with the FA’s guidelines for school football competitions. This will provide continuity for all of our participants playing school football and the opportunity to develop their abilities and demonstrate their talent.
We have filled our quota of 20 Primary school teams competing in our local tournament on Monday 9th October 2023.
They will compete for the chance to go through to the regional finals and represent Blackpool FC and will compete for a place at the finals at Wembley Stadium during play-off weekend.
Good luck to all the schools and teams competing!
Show Racism The Red Card
This October, we are once again hosting a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ event in partnership with Blackpool FC and the PFA. We have 13 partner schools and over 100 pupils confirmed for our educational event which is aimed at encouraging students to help address race, equality and stereotyping. The event has been a huge success across the country, using video case studies, challenging strategies and an open floor discussion to share best practice and advice when faced with racism. This event was also enhanced by the presence of BFC first team management and players who shared their thoughts and experiences.
Show Racism the Red Card is a fantastic event which tackles issues many find hard to discuss. With race and hate crimes very prevalent in society and highlighted in recent sporting events I am sure you will agree that the introduction to positive messages around the topic are very welcome.
Black History Month
For Black History Month this year, in partnership with Blackpool FC, we are inviting primary school pupils to take part in our Black History Month competition. Using a template, pupils are required to create a newspaper front cover about an Inspirational Black Person from history or the present day that has inspired them.
This competition is to celebrate and honour the achievements of black people such as Martin Luther King, Bob Marley, and Rosa Parks, as well as those closer to home such as teachers and family members.
The competition winners will receive a Blackpool FC kit and goody bag as well as a player visit for their school.
Our Family Hubs take place in the North Stand Community Hub at Blackpool FC stadium every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm – 6 pm. We have activities, crafts and board games for the children to enjoy, we open up our state-of-the-art games room for the older children and we also have an area to complete homework and have a chat with family members and friends. The Family Hubs are free and open to anyone as long as adults accompany children.
We offer FREE sandwiches and crisps to every family that attends.
Replay is continuing to give adults the opportunity to socialise and make new friends over a brew whilst choosing from a range of exciting activities on Tuesday and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm.
Activities include; chair-based and low-impact exercises aimed at improving physical health and capabilities, Boccia, Bingo, tabletop games such as Dominoes, Chess, Drafts, Subbuteo, Electronic Games and much more.
The Big Food Truck (Every Tuesday)
Working in partnership with Blackpool Foodbank, The Big Food Truck arrives at the stadium every Tuesday from 2 pm until 3 pm. 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 £4 and family bags are £6.50.
If you are interested in purchasing a food parcel, please give us a message on our social media pages or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walking Football is the perfect fit for everyone who wants to play football for longer, make new friends, get out of the house and stay active. With no running, jogging or heading – and tackling with reduced physical contact – Walking Football is a fun and safe way for players to enjoy football and socialise together.
Sessions cost £4 and take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 5pm – 6pm at Aspire Sports Hub, as well as 11am to 1pm on Fridays at Lytham YMCA.
We also have our NEW Walking Football session for people over the age of 18 who have struggled after serious illness or injury. This session takes place every Wednesday from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at Palatine Sports Centre.
World Mental Health Day 10th October
World Mental Health Day happens every year with this year’s theme being ‘Mental health is a universal human right’. This year we are celebrating a year of our Get Vocal group supporting local men with a place to turn up and talk. Episode 3 of the Get Vocal Podcast will be released later this month, featuring Brett & Dan who work on the Get Vocal programme, they will be talking about the past year and the impact the group has had.
Match Day Activities
Thanks to LionTrust, we are able to invite participants to watch Blackpool FC home matches. During these matches, we deliver half time 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.
Derby County – 3rd October (Home)
Charlton Athletic – 7th October (Away)
Stevenage – 14th October (Home)
Oxford United – 21st October (Away)
Cheltenham Town – 24th October (Home)
Peterborough United – 28th October (Home)
Food Donations on Matchday
This season we will continue to support our community by holding food donation points on match days. This will take place at every home game this season 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: http://bit.ly/BFCCTVolunteer