For a third consecutive season, Burnley FC’s first team stars have renewed their commitment to supporting the communities surrounding Turf Moor.
Following a briefing from Neil Hart, Burnley FC in the Community’s (BFCitC) Chief Executive Officer, at the Barnfield Training Centre, the squad of Premier League stars pledged to continue their backing of BFCitC’s charitable work in the region. During the 2016/17 season, the team made an incredible 231 player appearances in the community.
The players were briefed on the extent of the organisation’s work, which now stretches across 35 community projects and, last season alone, touched the lives of over 24,000 people. New signings including Jack Cork and Charlie Taylor were introduced to BFCitC and informed of how integral the Community department now is to the wider club.
Burnley FC manager Sean Dyche was also present and later backed the positive work of the charity stating: “It’s fantastic what they do in the community here. There was one staff member when I got here, there’s now about 100. Amazing stuff they are doing here! I must make that clear.”
Neil Hart said: “We are lucky to have a manager and a team of players who understand and value the work we are trying to do in our community and who give their time so readily. It really is something unique about our club – it’s something to be very proud of. Their influence is huge here in Burnley and by lending their support, they are really helping to spread the word of our charity. We are extremely grateful to them for that.”
Burnley FC in the Community is Burnley FC’s official charity. During the 2016/2017 season, the charity invested over £1.7m into the communities surrounding Turf Moor via education, sport, health and social inclusion projects.
Looking to the forthcoming season, that is set to more than double as BFCitC will plough £4m into their project and facilities work. The efforts of the charity now see sporting opportunities delivered to over 800 disabled people every week, the delivery of healthy eating lessons to almost 1,000 children in local primary schools, long-term unemployed people offered help to get back into work and social activities offered to almost 60 senior citizens every week.
For more detail on the full scope of the charity’s work and to keep up to date with the players’ visits in the community, please visit www.burnleyfccommunity.org and follow BFCitC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.