BFCitC is More Than Football!

BFCitC is More Than Football!

Burnley FC in the Community is excited to once again be taking part in the European Football for Development Networks More Than Football campaign!

More Than Football is a global campaign used by community organisations, that allows them to showcase the impact of their community and social responsibility activities and programmes.

From Monday 22nd March until Sunday 18th April, BFCitC will be showcasing the impact that some of our amazing programmes have on our community!

As the charitable arm of Burnley Football Club, we see the power of football and its ability to transform lives. Our team is passionate about making a difference through our community projects and we work with people of all backgrounds and ages in our local community.

We will be taking part in several of the More Than Football action days and using these to highlight a number of our projects.

Education Action Day

Burnley FC in the Community has a strong presence in various primary and secondary schools across the region, delivering programmes such as Premier League Primary Stars, Premier League Inspires and our Schools’ Mental Wellbeing Project.

Through the education action day, we want to highlight the Premier League Inspires Character Development Programme, which aims to inspire children and young people to develop the personal skills and positive attitudes to succeed in life.

It is a flexible, interactive course that engages, inspires and unlocks learners’ potential, helping young people to improve their skills and feel better about education.

Holly Clarke, Headteacher at Coal Clough Academy said: “We have worked with Burnley FC in the Community for the past three years now at Coal Clough Academy. We use this service as a means to support our pupils who may require additional support with their mental health and wellbeing. 

“Often, we explore the development of resilience that our young people need to adopt to be successful in all aspects of life. The pioneering approach that the team takes with our pupils enables us to engage learners and allows them to promote and improve their self-esteem.”


Below, you will find some educational resources from our Premier League Inspires Character Development Programme, in support of More than Football’s Education Action Day.


Social Cohesion Action Day

The ongoing pandemic has demonstrated that solidarity and social cohesion is important for overcoming challenges.

To support EFDN’s Social Cohesion Action Day, we will be highlighting our Covid-19 response and showcasing how we stepped up during these tough times, adapted and continued to have a positive impact on our community.

Our foodbank became one of the key focuses of the charity in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic hitting the UK. The aim was to assist the most vulnerable in the town. BFCitC teamed up with the Burnley Together community hub and since then, over 5,000 food parcels have been distributed, feeding over 8,500 people in our local community.

Our Community Welfare and Inclusion team continued to support participants through regular check-in calls. Over 1,200 calls and 172 text messages were made to our 67 older adults from our Extra Time programme and our Veterans participants between March and September. These phone calls aimed to keep the participants engaged and monitored their well-being. In addition to the phone calls, at the beginning of lockdown staff also produced a special activity pack, which was posted out to the participant’s home addresses.

You can find our full Covid response in our 2020 impact report HERE.

It also remains important for us to support our participants with their mental and physical wellbeing.

In January,  we launched our Wellbeing Wednesdays campaign to help participants with their mental wellbeing.

You can find these resources below, covering various topics including sleep hygiene, mindfulness and coping strategies.

Premier League Inspires Character Development Programme

This More than Football Education Action Day, view a selection of resources we use with schools on our Premier League Inspires Character Development Programme. The resources include our Self-assessment Wheel and activities on how to set SMART Targets. 


Wellbeing Wednesdays

We continued to support our participants throughout the pandemic and provide them with a sense of belonging. Our Wellbeing Wednesdays campaign was launched to support physical and mental health.