By entering the top flight of English football, the department has been granted access to the Premier League funding pot which - to a charity that is just over two years old - allows projection into innovative and diverse areas that directly benefit local people.
The backing will help Community expand its outreach dramatically and engage with thousands more people over the next three years. This will be facilitated through new and existing projects which will appeal to every individual; regardless of age, gender, background or disability.
Hundreds of local children aged 4-11 years will be introduced to 'Premier League Primary Stars', available to every Primary school in the area. This programme will use football to engage and inspire pupils in their learning, providing FREE materials, on a range of subjects including Sport, PHSE, Maths and English. Primary Stars has already benefited 4500 schools nationally and Community are delighted to be bringing this exciting programme to the area.
Current projects will also bloom with a huge upscaling taking place across the region. 'Premier League Kicks' engages underprivileged young people in the region, reducing crime rates and providing positive opportunities. With the Premier league boost, this programme will work with over 100 participants, delivering football and dance sessions across 16 regional sessions.
In addition, Community's hugely successful 'Works' programme will now also increase its outreach as it expands across Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale. This project delivers high-quality training and mentoring to those who are currently unemployed, with over 75% securing employment or further training from last year's cohort.
Within sport, Community will be building on the success of the popular 'Danny Ings Disability Sport Project' as significant Premier league investment is made into BFCitC's Disability sport delivery. Furthermore, this leading provision will receive a global spotlight with coverage from BT Sport during their broadcast of Burnley FC's home match against Manchester City.
To compliment Community's takeover of Burnley FC Girls and Ladies over the summer, the 'Premier League Girls' fund will also further enable female football to flourish in the region. As the Sport team creates a subdivision, a Female Football Development Officer will join Burnley FC in the Community and propel the charity to be a leader in female sporting provision.
Finally, Burnley FC in the Community's assets have seen dramatic growth since the first team secured promotion in may, with investment made into infrastructure such as brand new HQ offices and the takeover of the UCFB facility at Turf Moor. The charity will also be launching a brand new website in the coming months, providing a platform that showcases the hard work of Burnley FC in the Community in the region, every single day.