The Dragons are back at the Turf!

The Dragons are back at the Turf!

It’s been a busy summer for Burnley FC in the Community with the Social Inclusion team delivering nine weeks of NCS for hundreds of young adults from across East Lancashire.


Burnley FC in the Community is proud to offer the fantastic NCS programme which is open to 16 and 17 year olds and gives individuals the chance to embark on exhilarating challenges and build skills for work and life. It’s also a brilliant opportunity to meet new people and make long lasting friendships.


Alongside the adventure, as part of the NCS programme participants work in groups and come together to deliver a social action project to make a mark on the local community.


Groups are set the task of selecting a charity and planning a fundraising activity to raise vital funds for their chosen organisation. To help build useful skills for the working environment including presentation and budgeting skills the groups were invited to take part in Dragons Den, to pitch their ideas to a panel in the hope of receiving a requested amount to get their fundraising ideas off the ground.


Turf Moor was the setting for the latest Dragons Den with the esteemed panel of judges made up of Burnley FC in the Community Deputy Chief Executive Officer Paul France, Burnley FC in the Community Director of Education and Inclusion Matt Parish, Operations Manager at Futaba Tenneco UK Ltd Phil Ord and Managing Director at VEKA plc Dave Jones.  

The NCS groups presented ideas such as a sponsored silence, a sponsored walk from Burnley FC to Blackburn Rovers FC, a garden makeover at a local care home and cake sales at Turf Moor. Worthwhile charities supported included Pendleside Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society.


The project helps participants bring together the skills they have learnt throughout the NCS programme including teamwork, budgeting costs and time management.


Burnley FC in the Community Social Inclusion Manager, Rebecca Robertson said: “The Dragons Den activity has been a huge success and I’m really pleased with all the participants for taking part and presenting so well. It was also great to have Phil Ord and Dave Jones involved, we really appreciate their support as having external professionals on the panel changed the dynamic in a good way, the young people took the challenge really seriously and wanted to impress which was fantastic to see!”


Dave Jones, Managing Director at VEKA plc said: “Events such as the Dragons Den activity are exactly what makes us such a proud town, local businesses working within the community. VEKA is a huge part of Burnley and in order to maintain our position as the UK’s number one window systems company we know we need to nurture local talent and engage with our community.”


“I was really impressed by the quality of the presentations by the students, they weren’t just there to take part but had obviously spent a great amount of time developing their presentations and as they say practice makes perfect! I enjoyed my day as a Dragon and am looking forward to the next event.”


All the groups worked exceptionally hard on their social action projects with some fantastic fundraising initiatives taking place. Through a cake sale, the sponsored walk from Burnley FC to Blackburn Rovers FC, a bucket collection both in Burnley town centre and at Turf Moor for the Burnley FC V West Bromwich Albion FC game, one group raised an incredible £1,460 for local charity Pendleside Hospice.


Each of the other groups also successfully raised both funds and awareness for their chosen charities through their fundraising events, ensuring the social action projects section of the programme ended on a high!


To find out more information about the NCS programme at Burnley FC in the Community, contact Youth Engagement Officer, Darcie Mclaren on 01282 704 716 or email