About Us

About Us

Our Community Welfare and Inclusion department deliver a diverse and comprehensive range of programmes specially designed to promote social integration, health and wellbeing, opportunities for young people and adults alike, as well as encouraging Community Cohesion throughout Burnley, Pendle and the wider East Lancashire area.

Mike is a qualified Probation Officer and Youth Offending Team Officer with an extensive working background in Criminal Justice, Social Inclusion, Community Cohesion and Multi-agency Partnership working. Mike has valuable experience in working with hard to reach and disadvantaged young people and adults in statutory environments. 

As Head of Community Welfare and Inclusion, Mike is proud to oversee our programmes which benefit and provide opportunities to such a wide range of individuals in our local community. 

Ged has worked within Criminal Justice services for many years; first as a Probation Service Officer before working as a Victim Restorative Officer and later progressing to specialist work as part of a Therapeutic service with children and young people. Ged is passionate about supporting children and young people to help them be the best they can.

Ged works on the ‘It’s Your Turf’ programme, using Restorative approaches to support children and young people involved in, or at risk of being involved in, violent crime. Participants learn to take responsibility, build empathy, resilience and develop emotional intelligence, whilst gaining opportunities to be involved in sport.

Qualified to degree level in Applied Sports Science and holding a range of qualifications in health and education including British Sign Language, Abby has managed an extensive portfolio of health programmes, successfully reducing health inequalities in the town and supporting the community to live healthier and more active lives.

Abby is passionate about creating needs led, community focused initiatives that help to improve the health and wellbeing of the community of Burnley and beyond.

Holding a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and currently working towards a Masters in Health Promotion, Charlotte is passionate about using the power of Burnley FC to engage those who may not typically access health initiatives. 

Charlotte delivers on our health and wellbeing programmes, including Healthy Lifestyles Programmes, Extra Time, and Workplace Wellbeing initiatives, supporting hundreds of individuals every year to make a positive change to their health and wellbeing.

Lewis is a qualified FA Level 2 Football Coach, currently completing his FA Level 2 Goalkeeper Coach badge and he has a huge passion for football and supporting young people who share the same love for the sport as him.

With the aim of helping youngsters reach their potential, Lewis is always looking for new and unique ways to engage young people.

Lewis feels privileged to work for BFCitC, which is in the heart of the local community and has the ability to bring people from all different walks of life together. 

Daniella has a degree in Sport Science and has been lucky enough to work with clientele from both Clinical and Professional Sport backgrounds. Daniella has a great understanding of the importance of community having worked in the sector from a young age.

Daniella believes it is vital to create a warm welcoming environment, share experiences and introduce kinship so that bonds and friendships can be made instantly.

In her spare time, Daniella loves to watch and play Rugby League and to encourage other people to participate.

As a lifelong Burnley FC fan and local resident, Lewis is passionate about making a difference within the communities that he grew up in.

Qualified to degree level in Sport Development & Inclusion and a wide variety of coaching & education qualifications, Lewis has managed a variety of well-known programmes at BFCitC such as; The Danny Ings Disability Sport Project, Soccer Schools and Bertie’s Footy Stars.

Lewis thrives off creating opportunities for people and providing them with the chance to achieve positive outcomes, using sport as the vehicle for change.

Caitlin is a qualified to Masters level in Physical Education and School Sport, with a variety of coaching qualifications and experience of coaching children and adults from grassroots level to academy level. She has also coached football to young people in America and Canada.

Caitlin works on the Disability Sport Project delivering physical activity sessions for school children with disabilities and delivers evening sessions for recreational activities and competitive sports. Caitlin flourishes on creating an engaging environment for participants to learn and develop their skills.

Lee is a professionally qualified Youth and Community practitioner, with many years of experience delivering Universal and Targeted Youth work approaches. Lee has worked across sectors and was previously Community Cohesion Manager at Manchester United Foundation.

As the Youth services Manager at BFCitC, Lee is an advocate for Youth and Community development contributing to young peoples’ learning and development, enabling young people to develop holistically, whilst facilitating their personal, social and educational development enabling them to have a voice and place in society.