From Participant to Volunteer: Zach

October 2020 saw the return of our ever popular Blackpool FC Community Trust Sports Camps at two venues across Blackpool.

As well as welcoming the excited children at the sports camp venue, we also welcomed a familiar face to the team.

Back in 2013 Zach walked through the door on his first day of sports camp as a 8 year old participant. Unfamiliar of the building and not knowing any of the coaching staff Zach was obviously quiet and a little nervous for what the day had install for him.

As his mum finished off the paperwork Zach said his good byes and headed to the sports hall. As soon as he opened the door he was welcomed by BFCCT sports coaches and nearly 70 children. Within no time he was happy, playing games and making new friends who would turn out to be his new ‘sports camp family’. Zach has always had a keen interest in sport, especially football and Blackpool FC and this seems to have stayed with him through high school.

Fast forward to October 2020 and we received a phone call from a mature 15 year old enquiring about volunteer opportunities and career pathways that the Community Trust can offer. Zach’s behaviour over many years on camp and his passion for sport makes him an ideal candidate to support the BFCCT sports coach in a voluntary role.

During his volunteering time on Highfield Academy sports camp Zach worked closely with a designated member of staff who he shadowed for the full week. Zach impressed the coaching team throughout the week with his attitude and willingness to learn. He allowed his enthusiasm of sport to be shared with the participants and games and activities he supported were always fun with lots of smiles from the children involved.

MJ, Head of Early Years and Primary, said:

“Zach is coming to the final few years of high school and it’s great to see he is already started to consider career opportunities that are available to him in Blackpool. Being a Blackpool FC fan he was eager to learn about coaching and sports BTEC qualifications Blackpool FC Community Trust offer. Volunteering on camp has given Zach experience and a great base of understanding as to what it takes to be a Sports Coach. He has been fantastic over the week and we would welcome him back to another Sports Camp should he wish to continue gaining valuable experience.

For more information about Education opportunities with Blackpool FC Sports College click here.

If you are wanting to know more about volunteering opportunities or how to register on our Sports College courses please contact 01253 348 691 or email