Fylde’s newly appointed Head of Community, Gavin Butterworth, has been making significant progress in linking up with schools, colleges and other local organisations to develop the Club and Sports in School’s plans to extend rugby, other sporting initiatives and community outreach programs on and around the Fylde Coast.
Gavin has been busy visiting and initiating discussions with a wide variety of partners recently to improve sporting participation amongst students and drive forward community engagement.
He’s liaising with Blackpool 6th Form College on the establishment of a Player Development Programme which is aimed at improving access to quality rugby provision for young people in the 14-19 age range from some of the college’s feeder secondary schools along the Fylde Coast and surrounds.
It is his intention to also set up a Satellite Club scheme in partnership with Active Lancashire, which will be aimed at involving disengaged and inactive young women in different sporting activities and social enterprise and is in the process of securing funding from county sports partnerships to do so.
These community programmes can also involve older people and Gavin has established a good working relationship with a local organisation, Just Good Friends, which has over 400 members in the locality. Sporting activities can be powerful ways of reducing loneliness and social isolation and Gavin is working closely with their members to develop a program of physical and social activities.
He’s also had good uptake and interest from a range of local schools interested in developing or enhancing rugby and other sports within their curriculum or through extra-curricular activity. A good example of this was recently when he attended the AKS Careers Fair, building strong links and helping young people and their parents on career opportunities in sport and the pathways to professional and semi-professional rugby.
We will continue to publicise the good work of Gavin and colleagues in the Community Department and are thrilled to see such progress. Please spread news of these activities and initiatives and provide Gavin with any useful contacts or leads that he might follow up.
Contact: Gavin Butterworth, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07534 321418