LGBTQ+ Football Session
We launched our brand new LGBTQ+ Turn up and Play football session for members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community at Aspire Sports Hub. If this is something that would interest you, please come along to Aspire Sports Hub from 7 pm – 8 pm every Monday.
Female Walking Football Session
We also launched our brand new Female Walking Football session for women of all abilities. Walking football is slow-paced and non-contact, making it perfect for people who have never played before or people who want to gradually improve their fitness. If this interests you, come along to Aspire Sports Hub from 6 pm – 7 pm every Monday evening.
Did you See?
Esme, From Blackpool to Manchester
Esme is an U13s goalkeeper who attends the Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre. Her hard work across the year has meant that she has been offered a place in the Man City u14s Pro Game Academy squad for the 2023/24 season.
To read more about Esme’s story, click here – Esme’s Story
Blackpool FC ETC vs Preston North End ETC
We took all of our FA Emerging Talent Centre girls to play Preston North End ETC for a great day of football in the sun. Lots of talented players were on display and our girls represented Blackpool FC amazingly well.
Emerging Talent Centre Trainers of the Month
Well done to the three girls who received our new Trainer of the Week award at our Emerging Talent Centre.
Firstly, Freya received the award as has excelled so much that we asked her to jump from u12s into u13s. She rose to the challenge and worked hard to compete with the girls a year older than her.
Secondly, Lily received the award as she continued our 1km challenge and knocked 26 seconds off her previous fastest time!
Lastly, Violet received the award as she stepped up from u9 to train with the u10s. She has also been working very hard in our weekly training sessions and has recently broken her PB for running 2km.
Thank you to LionTrust for their continued support of our Girls Emerging Talent Centre!
Blackpool Pride 2023
This month, some of our wonderful staff attended Pride Blackpool and were joined by several Blackpool FC fans. We took part in the parade and even set up a stall, allowing people to learn more about the programmes we offer. It was also great to bump into some familiar faces such as Bloomfield Bear and attendees of our Family Hubs.
Throughout #LonelinessAwarenessWeek, we talked about all the different sessions that we run that help people combat loneliness. These being:
- Get Vocal
- Walk and Talk
- Family Hubs
- NAAFI Break
- Referral Calls
Blackpool FC School Year 11 Students Finish Exams
Well done to all our #BlackpoolFCSchool Year 11 leavers who have recently sat their GCSE exams. We are all proud of you and we will miss you. Good luck and we will see you all on results day.
Armed Forces Tournament 2023
With support from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust and The Veterans’ Foundation our BFCCT Armed Forces Football Team took part in the 2nd annual Penwortham Charity Football Tournament. This year funds were raised for Andy’s Man Club; a charity set up to spread awareness of mental health and suicide prevention with many teams taking part from all over Lancashire.
The competition was won by a very strong Penwortham Saint Gerrard’s Vets team. Well done to them!
It was a great afternoon which was thoroughly enjoyed by all and for an amazing cause. We hope to see you all again next year!
To find out more here – Armed Forces Tournament 2023
To celebrate #ArmedForcesWeek, Highfield Leadership Academy Cadets kindly joined us at our NAAFI Break. The cadets helped us give our veterans bacon and sausage barms and hot drinks while they shared stories, experiences, knowledge and advice with the young ones.
We also welcomed the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to our NAAFI Break. They spoke to veterans about how to make their homes safer. From smoke alarms to notes in a bottle, they offered free home visits for everyone who was interested.
Finally, we invited participants and the cadets to come on a tour of Bloomfield Road stadium. They had the opportunity to see old shirts, see the different rooms across the stadium and understand the true history of Blackpool FC.
Six Blackpool SEND schools took part in a Boccia Festival at Stanley Park. This was the first SEND event since Covid, so seeing such a great turnout was great. We hope to hold some more of these events in the future. We want to thank BBC Children in Need for their continued support of our SEND programmes.
Food Parcel Collections
Working in partnership with Blackpool Foodbank, The Big Food Truck arrives at the stadium every Tuesday from 2 pm until 3 pm. Situated in the North Stand Community Hub, anyone can access this service which provides food parcels to help with the cost of living. Single bags are £4 and family bags are £6.50.
If you are interested in purchasing a food parcel, please give us a message on our social media pages or email email@example.com.
Replay is a free session that gives adults the opportunity to come together to engage in different social and physical activities all within one session.
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Moretti Lounge, Bloomfield Road Stadium
The Hubs run every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm – 6 pm in the North Stand Community Hub at Blackpool FC stadium. We have activities, crafts, board games, a gaming room and an area to complete homework. We also offer all families FREE sandwiches and crisps if they book on. The Family Hubs are free and open to anyone as long as adults accompany children.