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Champions is an innovative intervention programme supporting young people, aged 10-25 with experience of or at risk of offending behaviours. The programme is delivered by nine football club community organisations (CCOs) across Lancashire. Adopting a trauma informed approach, mentors give their time with genuine interest to create a trusted relationship and innovative interventions which promote personal development, wellbeing gains and consequently reducing their experience of offending and antisocial behaviours. The programme is confidential and non-judgemental. It is important to note that mentors do not work for the police and aren’t involved in criminal proceedings. Participation is voluntary, subject to assessment of suitability and relies on a positive approach from the mentor, the young person and others involved in their support network.

The Champions team provide opportunities and activities which help young people achieve and establish their goals. Whether this be practical support to help the client to get job ready, accessing training qualifications or courses, support into health services such as counselling or helping to explore activities within the community to promote positive community engagement.

At Burnley FC in the community, we have access to some outstanding facilities which help support our clients in their development. We strive to work effectively and collaboratively with local, regional and national services. Resources and facilities include but not limited to:

  • Access and use of the Leisure Box, Gym and Fundaland Soft play
  • Local Boxing gyms
  • Local counselling services
  • Burnley FC in the community activities such as Kicks, Limitless Clarets and more.

 Extracts from the 2021/22 Impact Report showed that we have supported:

  • 425 Young People Engaged
  • 1102 instances of Information, Advice & Guidance
  • 151 Supported into Meaningful Activities
  • 57 Supported into Skills Based Training
  • 72 Supported in accessing Education
  • 15 Entered Employment
  • 190 reported Wellbeing Improvements

For More Information

Please contact our Targeted Intervention Manager, Darcie Mclaren-Bailey:

For more information on our Safeguarding Policy please view our safeguarding page here.