What did Blackpool FC Community Trust get up to last week?

Blackpool FC Community Trust is a local charity based at Bloomfield Rd Stadium.  We work with residents as young as 2 years old up to adults in the later stages of their life and provide a diverse range of programmes to increase; social inclusion opportunities, improve physical fitness, health and education, and lessen involvement in anti-social behaviour.

Monday BFCCT launched a NEW additional Pan ability Football session so that football is available to everyone in our community.  We look forward to this group growing and welcome anyone over the age of 16 and living with a disability to come along and take part. Under 16?  We also run a younger age group, 7 – 16 year olds on a Thursday.

In addition, we also launched the Gulp Campaign which aims to encourage people to think about the amount of sugar in their drinks and start choosing alternative options.  Then we held a Fit2Go quiz at Bloomfield road where 200 people came to take part and see what they remembered from the healthy lifestyle programme which is delivered to every primary school in Blackpool.

Tuesday BFCCT held aShow Racism the Red Cardevent atBloomfield Road for nearly 200 pupils across 16 primary schools and four High Schools.  Throughout the event the children discussed what is meant by racism and how they can help prevent it.  It was also great to welcome Blackpool FC first team players; Sullay Kaikai, Armand Gnanduillet and Jak Alnwick to the event to share their thoughts on life experiences, racism and discrimination.

Wednesday BFCCT launched another two new sessions.

‘Re-play’ is an opportunity for over 50s to come along and take part in some gentle physical activity including table tennis, Boccia, chair based exercise, table football, badminton and more.  A huge thank you to Ex-Blackpool & Northern Ireland International Derek Spence who helped with the launch.

We also added an additional session for our Ex-Armed Forces members of the community.  A Breakfast club will now take place on Wednesday mornings at The Grange 9am – 10:15am in addition to the coffee morning which currently runs on a Friday at Bloomfield road.

Thursday following on from the ‘World Book Day’ event which took place on Saturday, we continued to support the event by distributing posters to local schools with Blackpool FC players reading books.  We hope this will help encourage children to pick up books and read more which also supports the National Literacy Trust’s new campaign to #getblackpoolreading  Have you seen a poster?  Grab a snap with it and let us know what your favourite book to read together is.

Friday NCS (National Citizen Service) participants held a quiz night to raise funds for the Youth Board so they can put their plans into action and help the local community.  Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event.

All this was on top of our day to day activities in nurseries, schools, colleges, our own Blackpool FC Sports College and throughout the community.

For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust; call: 01253 348 691 or follow BFCCT on social media.