Fylde coast football fans will be rewarded with free tickets to see their favourite teams – if they promise to take to the field themselves.
The new Wyre Council project hopes to increase participation in sport and give those who take part tickets to see the stars of Blackpool FC and Fleetwood Town in action.
Wyre’s Try Sport programme is running the scheme to offer youngsters the chance to get into various sports from football, street dance and basketball to athletics, dodgeball and free running.
Young people aged seven to 16 will be given a reward booklet that logs the number of sessions they attend, with prizes given to those regularly attending. The ultimate reward, handed out after a year of attendance, is a pair of tickets to either Highbury or Bloomfield Road.
Michael Ryan, corporate director with responsibility for sport at Wyre Council, said: “This extra support from Fleetwood Town means that we can extend our Try Sport programme and allow young people to continue engaging in positive activities.
“The involvement of both Community Trusts via the introduction of a reward scheme adds further appeal to our programme for young people who are currently not accessing sporting provision and for those that may only be an occasional attender.”
Matt Hilton, director of community development and education at Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust, said: “We are committed to working in partnership with Wyre Council in order to provide sport and physical opportunities to enrich the lives of children and young people in our local community.”
Ashley Hackett, head of community at Blackpool FC Community Trust, said: “This gives them chance to do regular activities which enhances their health and confidence. If we can get kids involved with these activities they tend to stop damaging things in their community and respect their area a little bit more.”
For more information visit www.wyre.gov.uk/trysport.
Trusts aim to develop links in community
The Community Trusts of Blackpool FC and Fleetwood Town were set up to develop links between the football clubs and the community.
According to the Blackpool FC website, their community trust “offers many diversionary activities aimed at providing participants with opportunities to come along and enjoy themselves in a fun and friendly environment.”
Stars of both clubs regularly take time out of their day to visit sick children and raise money for charities on the Fylde coast.
Fleetwood Community Trust received charitable status in February 2012 and helps to tackle a range of social problems and national agendas, and encourages more young people to get involved in the game and support Fleetwood to aid the sustainability of the club.