Participant to Student to Volunteer to Staff: Will Johnson

Will Johnson is a current Blackpool FC Sports College student, studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development.

Will first started engaging with Blackpool FC Community Trust (BFCCT) when he was five years old and attended our Sports Camp at Marton Primary School. He continued to attend various BFCCT camps during all the school holidays from the age of five to 12 years old.

Will attended Hawes Side Primary Academy as a child in Blackpool and took part in a range of BFCCT provision including our after-school sports clubs, Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) programme and Fit2Go, a six-week programme that aims to encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle, take part in regular physical activity

After finishing primary school, Will attended Armfield Academy for his high school studies. During his time here, he got involved in lunchtime football sessions with the Recruitment Manager at Blackpool FC Sports College. From here, Will enrolled for Blackpool FC Sports College in September 2024 and has been volunteering at weekly after-school girls football sessions at Roseacre Primary Academy and our BFCCT sports camps.

Alongside his studies and volunteering, Will completed his FA Playmaker award, a football course perfect for anyone interested in taking a more active role in community football. After completing the course Will was ready to hit the pitch with confidence.

BTEC Sport Tutor, Kirsten Martin said,

“Will is a highly driven, polite and passionate student with a great level of potential towards a sports coaching career within the Community Trust. Will possesses a range of qualities which enables him to thrive when working with local young people in Blackpool.”

Will is extremely popular amongst his peers and is now a paid employee at BFCCT, he started his employment during the May 2024 half-term sports camp, where he fills the role of an assistant sports coach.

Will has spoken about his time volunteering with BFCCT and said,

“When I first started volunteering with Blackpool FC Sports College, I struggled with my confidence. The more volunteering I did the more comfortable I felt. I now feel part of the team and I’m proud to be a paid member of staff.”

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