Blackpool FC Community Trust column: It was 'A Year Like No Other'

Over the past few weeks, we have spent a lot of time at BFCCT reviewing our delivery over the past year and pulling together all the information we gather to demonstrate our impact and the support we intend to give to our community.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 4:45 pm

With all that took place in 2020, with lockdowns and government restrictions, we knew that our delivery would be impacted upon.

We knew that numbers and impact would not look like they had previously.

For example, in 2019 we worked with 25,911 different people in our town, across all our provision. We delivered 13,766 sessions through the year and had 214,182 engagements in our activities.

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I have talked a lot about how well our team regrouped, refocused and continued to find ways to work with our community in 2020, when we were still able to work with 17,136 individuals, despite restrictions on how and where we could deliver. We still delivered 8,021 sessions as we were able to introduce new ways to deliver and reach new people.

We had an astonishing 503,372 engagements in our provision.

Last year we employed 65 members of staff, of whom 77 per cent live on the Fylde coast, and a further 163 volunteers supported our programmes. We had some amazing achievements through the year and would urge you to please visit our website to download a copy of our 2020 Impact Review: A Year Like No Other.

It’s not often we get time to take a step back and genuinely take a look at our impact, but some of the case studies included in our report – with Tyrese, Penny, Zach, Keira and Caprice, Euan, Jess and Roman and James – are prime examples of life-changing differences we are making to local people.

I hope everyone who takes the time to read it will genuinely feel a sense of pride at the way your local professional football club is supporting local people. Visit http://www.bfcct.co.uk/highlights-2020-a-year-like-no-other/

I would like to take this chance to thank all our staff and our board of trustees for all of their commitment and dedication to our causes, but also our partner organisations (both funding partners and operational partners) for their link-in and desire to work together. We have a lot more we can do to help even more people.

I’d also like to thank the board, players and staff at Blackpool FC for your support and also the club’s fans and the local community for your support.

Collectively we can do amazing things. A great example of this was our Festive Fundraiser, which we hope can become an annual support for our young people in need.

While the start of 2021 has been challenging, we have some very exciting opportunities to develop and continue to implement, and we are already thinking beyond these.

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