Blackburn Rovers Community Trust has been making a positive impact as a charity within the local community and wider for more than a decade.
BRCT was formed off the back of Blackburn Rovers Football Club’s charitable work for 20 years prior to 2007 before a decision was taken to create an independent organisation linked to the football club.
Today (Tuesday 5 September) marks International Day of Charity with the primary purpose to raise awareness for the fantastic work that goes on worldwide by so many different charitable organisations.
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust falls under the International Day of Charity umbrella, and we are fully committed to offering all members of the local community access to the highest quality programme of grassroots football, education, inclusion initiatives and awareness projects to encourage off-field participation, success and enjoyment using the crest and brand name of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
The power of football to engage, enthuse and motivate people irrespective of age, gender and ethnicity is now recognised on many stages. As a vehicle through which community cohesion in its broadest terms of 'narrowing the gap' in health, education, aspirations and opportunity can be addressed, the local draw of Blackburn Rovers and the unrivalled power of the brand to bring additional credibility cannot be underestimated.
To mark International Day of Charity, we have listed reasons why Blackburn Rovers Community Trust is a leader in so many different areas by helping people.
- On a daily basis, we work within a 25 mile radius of Ewood Park delivering more than 40 programmes and projects that ultimately positively impact the local community.
- Our work does not stop in the North West; we work hard in other places such as Cumbria, County Durham, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and Germany.
- The four main pillars we work towards are sports participation, health, social inclusion and education.
- In 2016, more than 42,000 participants took part in our 40 plus programmes and in total we delivered 27,299 project hours.
- Our turnover has more than doubled since 2014 and now operates at more than £1million.
- The young people that attended the 2017 NCS summer programme did an impressive 2,550 voluntary hours and raised £2,900 for local charities and organisations.
- The academic year that concluded in July saw a 100% pass rate for last year’s students on the BTEC extended diploma.
- Earlier this summer, we hosted an a Multi Faith Football Tournament at the Rovers’ Senior Training Centre which was an event with community cohesion at its core by bringing 600 players from 60 north west teams together across seven age groups from U7 to U13.
- Hundreds of children participated in our Football and Activity Camps during the summer holidays before heading back to school for the 2017/18 academic year.
To learn more about the work Blackburn Rovers Community Trust do, please call 01254 508256.