Unstoppable

Blackpool FC Community Trust is proud to announce that we will once again be working in partnership with Blackpool FC and Simon Sadler’s Segantii Capital Management to deliver the very successful Unstoppable project in Blackpool’s primary schools.

The project utilises the book developed by best-selling author Dan Freedman and focuses on supporting Year 6 pupils around some hard hitting and emotive subjects such as knife crime and gangs, relationships with family members and the transition from primary to secondary school.

This marks the second consecutive year that Segantii has financially supported the programme by donating this year’s required funding requirement of £38,000. Every pupil is given a copy of the book to read, with them completing a chapter each week before attending a workshop with the Community Trust. Delivery takes place over six weeks and through the support of Simon Sadler, every school is offered the project for free. 

Simon Sadler said “One of the main reasons that I became custodian of Blackpool Football Club was to embed the Club within the heart of the local community again. I am proud of having been born and raised in Blackpool and I believe Segantii’s support of Unstoppable will continue to help Blackpool’s next generation of youngsters handle the challenging issues the book addresses.

“I’ve been impressed with how our Community Trust delivered Unstoppable and particularly, how Ash and his team adapted the programme during the pandemic to provide both face-to-face and virtual delivery. I look forward to seeing the initiative rolled out across Blackpool schools again this year.”

CEO of the Community Trust Ashley Hackett added, “Simon’s support for the Town, the Club and the Community Trust has been unparalleled from day one and this additional financial help, despite the pressures caused by the pandemic on the Club, is a prime example of this and it’s greatly appreciated. 

“We as the football club family have a responsibility and commitment to making the lives of our local residents as positive as possible, so this provision delivered to every Year 6 pupil, in every school, in Blackpool is a great example of our collective focus. 

“We now start work to find long term sustainability for the project and continue to develop a new area of work for the Community Trust focusing on Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) in primary schools. I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to Simon for his continued support, especially in the current environment.”

The project will commence delivery in September and will be delivered throughout the next academic year.