Fit2Glow: First time Football is played in The Blackpool Tower

Local school children from across Blackpool have been taking part in football in the dark as Blackpool Football Club Community Trusts Fit2Glow returned for another year.

Having been a huge success last year we wanted to bring it back bigger and better. 

The finals of this year’s Fit2Glow tournament were held in the World-Famous Tower Circus, which celebrates its 125thAnniversary this year and mark the first time that football has EVER been played within the Tower!

The finals were attended by six schools: Baines Endowed, Moor Park, Westcliffe, St Nicholas, St Cuthbert’s and St. John Vianney.

These six teams had come top of our heats which were held at three venues across Blackpool in early October, during which 33 teams from 22 primary schools joined us for fun five a side matches in the dark!

The tournament was held in Partnership with Blackpool Tower, Visit Blackpool and the award winning Lightpool Festival.

Using UV lights and florescent bibs, balls and accessories the atmosphere was electric, and all the children and spectators had an exciting morning within the historic circus ring.

Phil Holmes, Creative Lead of Lightpool said“Lightpool Festival are proud to continue our partnership with BFCCT, building on the huge success of the inaugural Fit2Glow in 2018. This unique concept offers a perfect mix of fun, sport and family activity in an innovative and fun filled event. This year we engaged with even more school children and delivering the final in the world-famous Blackpool Tower Circus brought a touch of theatre and wonderment to the finalists.”

Spectator Cheri Normington was cheering on Baines Endowed School and said: “Excellent event! Great fun for the kids. Loved the glow in the dark theme. Thank You! Also nice for parents to be spectators and be invited.” 

Naomi Duquesnay, Teacher at St. Nicholas Church of England School said: “Yet again, it was another fantastic event- our favourite of the year!! Both the tournament and the finals were very well organised and ran smoothly. This was mainly due to the great staff presence from BFCCT to co-ordinate the event and help where necessary. The children loved every aspect of the event; especially the florescent bands.”

Rosie Newton, Health Education Manager for Blackpool Football Club Community Trust said “The event was a huge success.  Seeing all the children engaged and enjoying being physically active is amazing. We would like to thank all our partners for helping to make the whole tournament a success and special thanks to Blackpool Tower for allowing us to host the final in the Circus ring, an experience that will stay with the participants for many years to come!”

Blackpool FC Community Trust would also like to say a huge thank you to Blackpool FC players Matty Virtue & Jack Sims who came along to the Final and presented the winners, St Nicholas C of E, with their trophy. In addition, thank you to Matty Virtue and Ben Heneghan for coming along to the second day of the heat stage too.

 

For more information about Blackpool FC Community Trust call: 01253 348 691 or follow BFCCT on social media.