Burscough FC had the pleasure of welcoming Chris Clarke, Business Development Manager at Everton in the Community, along with Danny Johnson, Manager at the new Northern Premier League Football Academy (NPLFA), as Guest Speakers to a Community Event held in the clubhouse at Victoria Park on Tuesday, June 24.
Director of Football, Dave Hughes, said it was a proud night for the club. They had over 70 people in attendance, from youth footballers with their family and friends, to people from the local community and distinguished guests from the West Lancashire Parish Council.
Chris and Danny’s presentations were a powerful mix of enthusiasm and passion for sport, education and community working.
Danny kicked off the evening by congratulating Burscough FC on becoming 1 of 10 pilot clubs to take part in the new NPL Football Academy.
The Academy opens its doors to its first intake of 200 students in September after being officially sanctioned by the Football Association and backed by EuroMaTech, the global training provider run by Marwan Koukash, the owner of the Salford Red Devils.
He went on to explain that the initial pilot programme will see students aged 16-18 at 10 clubs studying for a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sport on two year courses as well as working with FA licensed coaches on a daily basis and competing in the Evo-Stik NPL Academy League and national competitions led by the FA Youth Cup.
From the moment Chris stepped up to speak about the work of Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club, he had the audience onside with his infectious enthusiasm.
Everton in the Community was established on the 1st February 1988 and over the last quarter of a century it has grown to be one of the most well respected and pioneering sporting charities in the UK. The charity has been at the forefront of its game, challenging health and social issues, including anti-social behaviour, disability, mental health and education ever since.
Chris put their great success down to using the power of sport and, more specifically, their iconic brand to engage vulnerable and hard-to-reach members of society.
He certainly hit the right note at Burscough when he said, “He would love to continue to work with the club.”
At the end of the evening, Chris and Danny kindly spent time answering questions, participating in interviews to camera and engaging with the community of Burscough.
Burscough FC would like to thank everyone for attending, for supporting the football club and for helping to make the evening such a great success. A video of the evening will be available on YouTube shortly. For further information contact Danny Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org, Veronica Swift email@example.com or Dave Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org