Local MP Gordon Marsden has praised the Blackpool FC Community Trust and described them as a “pillar in the community” after a visit to their Summer Camp at Our Lady of Assumption School.
It’s the fourth year in a row he has been down to the summer camps and there he met with the youngsters taking part and also the Trust’s Chief Executive Ashley Hackett.
Gordon said: “I always enjoy going down to the Trust’s summer camps every August to see what is happening and the numbers are growing every year. Ashley told me there were 250 at the sessions across the town on the day we visited. The Community Trust are offering a wide range of activities and it’s great to see the children all enjoying themselves with big smiles on their faces.”
Gordon recently wrote a letter of support for the Trust, who are in the process of applying for external funding so they can expand and continue to carry out their varied work across the town.
He added: “Both as the local MP but also as Shadow Skills Minister, I am a big advocate of all the work the Trust is doing. They are reaching out to all different parts of the community – it isn’t just for young people, walking football for the over 50s, tailored sessions for disabled people but now even working with veterans.
“They are also offering traineeships to 16 to 24 year olds which are giving the participants good solid employability skills and work experience opportunities, which are then giving young people a step on the jobs ladder.
“Parts of Blackpool are sadly some of the most deprived in the country but the Community Trust are a pillar in the community with the highly valued work they do. I knew the late Jimmy Armfield, a undisputed legend, was tremendously proud of everything the trust was doing to improve people’s lives in Blackpool.”