Burnley FC in the Community are pleased to launch Moor for your Future, a brand-new character development and employability programme starting this October at Turf Moor stadium.
The programme will deliver support to young people aged 16-25 years who have had their lives disrupted due to the impact of COVID-19.
Due to a need identified by Burnley Together, a community hub made up of Burnley Council and local partners, charities and services, the programme has been designed specifically to help nurture young people’s confidence and self-esteem to tackle the ‘new normal’. Sessions will help young people to gain the necessary skills to help secure employment, improve their character and personal skills, boost confidence and will cover areas surrounding resilience, problem solving and digital literacy.
Funded by Barclays, the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association Fund, VEKA and Great Places and delivered in partnership with Burnley College, Burnley Together and Lancashire Adult Learning, the programme will delivered from UCFB, the educational hub at Turf Moor, with the first session due to take place on Monday 12th October.
The impact of COVID-19 on school leavers and young adults has become more apparent with Lancashire County Council indicating that approximately 40% of children graduating from high school in September 2020 don’t currently have a destination, with the Resolution Foundation forecasting that youth unemployment in Burnley could hit 35%.
Centre for Cities reports that Burnley has 31% of its workforce furloughed, for three weeks or more, the second highest in England and significantly higher than other towns and cities in the top ten count. Meanwhile, in an earlier report they also identified that in the region of 70% of roles in Burnley would be affected, vulnerable or very vulnerable to Covid-19.
Burnley FC in the Community’s Chief Executive Officer, Sara Ward said: “We are delighted to be launching our new Moor for your Future programme, here at Turf Moor. As a charity we have always been passionate about the area of employability, reducing youth unemployment and developing young people to help them reach their full potential. In the current climate as we continue to navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic, supporting young people in this area and giving them the tools to succeed has become more important than ever.
“Bringing the project to life has been a real joint effort, with each of the funders, patrons and delivery partners united in our commitment to make it a success and implement real change to the lives of the young people who sign up. I want to thank Barclays, the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association Fund, VEKA and Great Places for funding the programme and we look forward to working closely with our delivery partners Burnley College, Burnley Together and Lancashire Adult Learning.”
Nigel Higgins, Barclays Chairman, said: “COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. Incredible charities, such as Burnley FC in the Community have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support. As a bank we have been doing all we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that by partnering with Burnley FC in the Community and many other charities across the UK, collectively we can ensure that as many people as possible in the communities in which we live and work are supported through this crisis.”
Premier League Head of Community, Nick Perchard said: “The Moor for your Future project from Burnley FC in the Community is an ideal way of encouraging young people to learn, develop and grow, with the support of a football club who is at the heart of its community. Projects like this have never been more important and so we are proud to work with BFCitC and other stakeholders to enable young people to enhance their wellbeing and build a better future for themselves.”
Moor for your Future is open to 16-25-year olds and will launch on Monday 12th October at Turf Moor.