Following the outstanding success of the 2020 festive fundraiser and the generous donations made from our community, enough funds were raised to deliver the scheme again, without having to fundraise this year.
It is thanks to all the fans, local businesses and organisations, staff, and players for enabling us to raise such a huge amount, allowing us to roll out the initiative again this year.
The offer was made to every primary school in Blackpool to provide a gift, supported by Merlin Entertainments, to every child in Blackpool that is at risk of not receiving a present on Christmas morning. In just a week, the Trust collected, wrapped, and delivered 1,643 gifts, to support children across Blackpool aged 4-11.
Blackpool FC Community Trust, Blackpool Football Club and the Blackpool Supporters Trust were pleased to confirm the launch of an exciting new collaboration that brought all organisations involved even closer to the heart of the community it represents.
Throughout December it was our mission to ensure that every child in Year 2 from all Blackpool primary schools received their own Blackpool shirt to wear with pride. This was a major initiative that would not have been possible had we not worked in close partnership together. Following the results of this initiative we will continue to look for opportunities to demonstrate the power that a football club, it’s charitable organisation and its supporters can have when they work together.
Working with Blackpool Supporters Trust we will relaunch the Boot Bank campaign that will collect football boots that no longer fit or are needed by local footballers and will be recycled to be used again by children and families who need the support. Collections will take place on match days at Bloomfield Road stadium and the Armfield Club.
Working with Blackpool Supporters Trust and Blackpool Foodbank we will launch a host of drop off points on BFC match days, for anyone to drop off foods that can be donated to the Food Bank. We also have plans to become a Blackpool Food Bank Hub, based at the stadium, for our participants and identified BFC Fans that need additional support to move away from food insecurity.
In partnership with Blackpool FC, we will develop a direct link between our first team squad and grassroots football clubs. Each First team player will be linked to a junior local club and will support with; training visits, Q&A sessions with players of all ages, offer advice and motivational opportunities for kids to enthuse and engage our local footballers.