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Premier League Enterprise Comes To Burnley

3 February 2015

Burnley FC in the Community is delighted to announce it has secured funding of £170,000 to deliver the Premier League Enterprise Programme across Burnley and Pendle.

The funding, secured via the Premier League and Sport Relief will see Burnley FC in the Community make available an enterprise and education programme to every secondary school in Burnley and Pendle.

Match funding for the programme is also being provided by four Burnley FC Directors; Brian Nelson, Mike Garlick, Barry Kilby and Brendan Flood.

With football as the ‘hook’ to really engage the most underachieving pupils in the area, the programme aims to demonstrate to learners how Maths and English are relevant in the world of work.

With particular reference to Burnley Football Club, pupils will truly get to grips with how these subjects are the vehicle by which the club operates as business.  

Neil Hart, Head of Burnley FC in the Community, said: “We are clearly struggling in East Lancashire with attainment in some really key areas and our aim is to provide some support and help to the most underachieving pupils.

"The programme is mapped to the Maths and English curriculum at key stage 3 and will utilise the inner workings of a football club to develop numeracy and literacy skills.

"I’m positive the programme will engage and inspire learners and we are confident through our strong partnerships with local schools that we can support student progression and, in time, raise attainment.”

Brian Nelson, Burnley FC Director and Trustee said, “This is a no brainer for both the club and the board of directors – we are very much behind the great work Burnley FC in the Community are undertaking in Burnley and the surrounding areas and a key part of our work is to raise aspirations and have a positive impact on educational attainment.

"We are currently working on a number of new exciting programmes and are very much committed to make a tangible difference to our communities."

Phase 1 of the programme will be delivered to Sir John Thursby Community College, Blessed Trinity RC College and Hameldon Community College during the 2014/15 academic year with the remaining Burnley and Pendle Schools able to access the programme from September 2015.

For more information on the Premier League Enterprise Programme please contact Matt Hargreaves on 01282 704716 or

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