EFL Clubs came together on Tuesday 10 March to highlight the positive impact football has in changing people’s lives
and the work taking place to tackle some of society’s biggest issues.
Across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, events were held by Clubs on EFL Day of Action to showcase the very best programmes and activity they deliver in a number of important areas, including diversity and inclusion, education, and health and wellbeing.
The impact of the work carried out by EFL Clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) is unparalleled, with more than half a million hours of group activity delivered and over 40 million hours of participation each season.
During the 2018/19 season, almost 900,000 people took part in a wide range of activities across key areas, with Clubs and CCOs receiving over £60 million of direct project funding.
The EFL Day of Action aims to unite Clubs and CCOs on one day to celebrate and highlight the impact they have in their communities, bringing together the most unique projects and programmes being run across England and Wales.
As a Community Trust, we decided to focus the day on our education and employability opportunities.
Firstly we visited Trainees who are currently on work placements around Blackpool. The 12 week Traineeship programme is to support young people 18 – 24 years of age, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). We popped along to visit Sharni, who is working at Giggling Gecko, to see how she was getting on.
She said, “I’m enjoying my placement so far. I’m getting a lot of experience out of it and it’s helping me come out of my comfort zone.”
Blackpool FC Community Trust also had a presence at Hounds Hill Shopping Centre informing the general public about all the great opportunities we have available through Blackpool FC Sports College. If you would like to learn more about the different pathways then come along to the Education Open Evening on Monday 23rdMarch in the Education and Community Centre at Bloomfield Rd Stadium, 5pm – 7pm.
BTEC Sport students then went to present a cheque to local charity Donna’s Dream House as they have spent the last few weeks raising funds through a Paris to Pool challenge. Congratulations to them as they raised £1363.25.
Caroline Hawes, Education Manager: “I’m really proud of the students, it’s the highest amount BTEC students have raised from one event. From planning to delivery they have pushed themselves and committed to the ‘organising and event’ module as part of their course.”
Prior to the Blackpool FC Home game against Tranmere on Tuesday evening we also held FREE activities in the ECC for everyone to come and get involved in (which is a regular occurrence before home games). Some of the Blackpool FC Sports College students also had the opportunity to do a guard of honour for the players as the entered the pitch.
It was also great to see players supporting the EFL Day of Action by wearing awareness t-shirts.
This was on top of the daily programmes we deliver in nurseries, schools, colleges throughout Blackpool.
For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust; call: 01253 348 691, or follow BFCCT on social media.