BSA are proud to be working to develop links with the Blackpool FC Community Trust, a real success story coming out of Bloomfield Road.
Over the coming months BSA will be working with the Community Trust to promote events and highlight some of the fantastic work that they have going on.
Below is an introductory letter from Ashley Hackett, head of the Community Trust at Blackpool FC.
I would like to start by introducing myself; I am Ashley Hackett, Head of Community at Blackpool FC Community Trust.
The Community Trust is the charity arm of the Football Club, which delivers a range of projects across Blackpool and the Fylde coast to enrich the lives of local people to live healthier, be more physically active and also improve their education and employment opportunities.
We deliver a large amount of projects that work with local primary and high schools and across many local communities, particularly the wards of high deprivation and juvenile nuisance.
The trusts project range from targeting 5 year olds, to as far as delivering projects to over 50s.
In the past season the Community Trust continued to grow and actually worked with almost 15,000 people, delivering 6,000 sessions that were visited more than 106,000 times.
This is a huge success that was delivered by a very enthusiastic and dedicated team of both full time and part time staff.
All our work is delivered under the umbrella of Altogether Now – a legacy for Blackpool, which allows us to work very closely with NHS Blackpool CCG, Blackpool Council and of course Blackpool FC.
This gives us a great opportunity to source funding and deliver sustainable and impactful projects.
All the projects we deliver are funded by outside organisations and national schemes, including the Premier League Community Fund, Football League Trust, the Players Football Association, Sport England, plus local organisations including Blackpool Public Health, NHS Blackpool CCG, local housing associations and Local Area Forums.
We are also planning a BFC Community Trust open day, in October, for the general public to come along to Bloomfield Road and find out about all the great projects we have to offer, so please make the effort to come along.
Blackpool FC Community Trust Shortlisted for NWFA Award
We are proud to announce that Blackpool FC Community Trust have been shortlisted in two categories at the North West Football Awards 2014.
The categories are Community Club of the Year; for our overall impact in the community, engaging participants in physical activity and health initiatives, whilst enhancing educational opportunities and reducing anti-social behaviour; and Community Initiative of the Year; for our fantastic Fit2Go Programme.
The Trust worked with nearly 15,000 different people last season and delivered more than 6,000 sessions over the year, on projects focused on health, education and getting people more involved in Sports and Physical Activity.
The Trust continues to provide high quality projects enhancing the lives of local residents through developing community engagement, inspiring healthy lifestyles and supporting education.