Through support from Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust, the Community Trust will be delivering a brand new, Blackpool focussed, Enterprise programme which has been reintroduced after a one-year hiatus.
CEO of Blackpool FC Community Trust, Ashley Hackett said; “We were devastated when the Premier League decided to go in a different direction nationally with their secondary school support and so were local schools. We made a commitment 15 months ago to find a way to bring our Enterprise programme back to Blackpool and with the support from Beaverbrooks, who I cannot say enough great things about, we have been able to do just that. We look forward to building a long-term partnership with Beaverbrooks, that will help to guide a lot of young people along their path to great things.”
Delivered by the Community Trust High School Hubs officers, the programme engages, inspires, and unlocks potential in Year 8 pupils by introducing them to business and entrepreneurship, developing essential enterprise and employability skills and supporting young people on their education and career pathways.
Pupils on the programme will take part in the ‘Enterprise Challenge’ which has been set by the funders to identify a business gap or need and develop a plan to address this. The challenge will include a Dragon’s Den style activity including a board of ‘dragons’ from local Blackpool based companies including Blackpool FC.
Susie Nicholas, a Trustee of the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust commented; “We are very excited to be supporting Blackpool FC Community Trust by funding their exciting new Enterprise Programme starting in 2021. It’s a fantastic programme which will inspire local young people to explore opportunities available to them in the world of business and the team at Beaverbrooks are very excited to be getting involved with the project and Blackpool FC Community Trust.”
Simon Smith added; “having delivered the programme over a five-year period on a national level, it is great to be able to bring it back to Blackpool with a local approach to its delivery to highlight career opportunities to pupils in their own town.”
It is anticipated that over 200 pupils in Blackpool will take part in the programme during the summer term of 2021, with the grand final of the Enterprise Challenge taking place at the home of The Seasiders, Bloomfield Road Stadium.