Partnership With BDYFLThe Seasiders' Gold Bond Weekly Draw has started to make an annual commitment to the Blackpool and District Youth League this season.
The connection between Bloomfield Road and local youth football has been long-standing, with the Hogan Cup finals being hosted here. Local youth players such as Tom Barkuizhen and Mark Halstead have also progressed from their respective sides to become professionals with the club.
When the Gold Bond heard that the BDYFL were without a sponsor they knew the link-up would make “perfect sense”.
Gold Bond promoter John Woodman told the official website: "Since its inception in 1994, Blackpool FC's Gold Bond has donated over £11 million to good causes, so when the opportunity arose for us to assist the local youth league with their funding, we were more than happy to get involved.”
“Blackpool Football Club is, and always will be, a community club, so it makes sense for us to be involved with the local youth football scene. We all want the players who currently hone their skills on Blackpool and Fylde playing fields to be one day displaying their talents at Bloomfield Road.
“We are sure this partnership between the Blackpool and District Youth League and the Gold Bond will be a long-term commitment, and we will also look to assist individual clubs with as much help as we possibly can through our Donation scheme.”
To give some of the players a taste of what it feels like to be centre stage, representatives from each club involved in the newly-named Alpha Gold and Beta Gold leagues this week got a behind-the-scenes look at Bloomfield Road.