With the school holidays in full swing, Gordon has been down to one of the Blackpool FC Community Trust’s summer camps to give his support.
He met up with the Trust’s Chief Executive Ashley Hackett at the Marton Academy camp where over 90 children were attending, with a further 60 also up the road at Hawes Side Academy. As well as football, there were a range of activities for the children to take part in from hockey, dodgeball and also arts and crafts.
Gordon said: “I’ve been going down to visit the summer camps now for the past three years and it’s always great to see what is happening. The children attending are always having a lot of fun but also learning lots of new skills with the wide range of activities run by the Trust’s staff and volunteers.
“The summer camp numbers are growing year by year and that is a testament to the hard work of Ashley and his excellent staff. I was delighted to hear they have been recognised for this work with a nomination at this year’s BIBA awards.”
As well as chatting with the children, Gordon was updated by Ashley on the work being done by the Community Trust to engage with people more widely across Blackpool. He told Gordon, how they were working with different groups such as other local junior football clubs but also with faith and other third sector organisations across the town.
Gordon added: “The Community Trust are now delivering over 60 different programmes, including work with organisations such as the National Citizens Service. I am pleased to see them engaging with people of all ages in Blackpool and the work they are doing is making an important difference to the local community - I will continue to support them in the work they are doing to improve people’s lives.”
Ashley said: “It was great to catch up with Gordon again and we really appreciate him showing his continued support to all our very important projects delivered across Blackpool.”