Blackpool FC's Safeguarding Officer is William Cowell [email protected]

Blackpool Football Club acknowledges and accepts it has a responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of all young people and vulnerable who are under the Club’s care or utilising the Club’s facilities.

It is the duty of all adults working at the Club to safeguard the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults by creating an environment that protects them from harm.

The Club has a full range of policies that have been produced in association with the various football authorities including The Football League, The Premier League and The Football Association that oversee Blackpool Football Club. Our policies are reviewed on a regular basis.

The Club has a designated safeguarding officer to deal with issues relating to any aspect of the welfare of children or vulnerable adults.

The Designated Safeguarding Officer at the Club is William Cowell and he can be contacted via e-mail at [email protected].

Whether it is at the Stadium, The Community Trust or The Academy Blackpool Football Club will strive to keep children and vulnerable adults safe and free from harm.

Accommodation Policy

Blackpool Football Club & Academy are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Since the 2012 – 2013 season, Blackpool Football Club & Academy apprentices who live outside of the local area have been offered accommodation in private homes. Blackpool FC believe placing U18 players in private homes in the surrounding area to the primary training venue/Bloomfield Road enables development in a secure and pleasant environment which we hope would not be too dissimilar to their own homes. We feel placement in an approved family home is an appropriate step following moving out of their own family home. Therefore the Academy has the responsibility to ensure that this local accommodation is safe and in keeping with the standards required by an aspiring professional footballer.


Read our Accommodation Policy here.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Blackpool Football Club & Academy is completely opposed to bullying and will not tolerate it. It is entirely contrary to the values and principles we work and live by. All staff, volunteers, participants and partners have a right to work in a secure and caring environment. They also have a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and maintenance of such an environment.


Read our Anti-Bullying Policy here.

Club and Academy Safer Recruitment

The purpose of this recruitment and selection policy is to ensure the practice of safe and equitable recruitment and deployment of staff and volunteers, ensuring the process is conducted in a fair, effective and economic manner and to ensure those that are responsible for each stage of the recruitment process demonstrate a professional approach by dealing honestly, efficiently and fairly with all internal and external applicants.

The Club and Academy is committed to attracting, selecting and retaining the best possible employees who will successfully and positively contribute to providing a valuable service. A motivated and committed workforce with appropriate knowledge, skills, experience and ability to do the job is critical to the’s performance and fundamental to the delivery of a high quality of football development.


Read our Club and Academy Safer Recruitment Policy here.

Data Protection Policy

Blackpool Football Club & Academy needs to gather and use certain information about individuals. These can include customers, suppliers, business contacts, employees and other people the organisation has a relationship with or may need to contact.

This policy described how this personal data must be collected, handled and stored to meet the company’s data protection standards, and to comply with the law.


Read our Data Protection Policy here.

DBS Strategy and Procedure

All posts requiring a DBS Check will be clearly referred to in the advertisement for the post and all offers of employment will be made on condition of receipt of a satisfactory disclosure at the appropriate level for any post where one is required.


Read our DBS Strategy and Procedure here.

Equality Policy

The Football League (EFL) is responsible for setting the standards, values and expectations of all Clubs in relation to equality, inclusion and diversity. Football is for everyone; it belongs to, and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it, whether as a player, official, staff member or spectator. The aim of Blackpool FC’s Equality Policy is to promote our own equality objectives and in doing so, help to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect. All Blackpool FC representatives should abide and adhere to this Policy and to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. In doing so, we are working towards being legally compliant in relation to equality legislation.


Read our Equality Policy here.

E-Safety and Social Media Policy

Blackpool Football Club & Academy recognise that many children and young people today are fully engaged in a fast moving and ever-changing world of technological advances, most children have access to computers and smartphones either in school and/or at home. In addition the increasing use of smartphone technology with access to the mobile internet means that there are few restrictions on when and where children have access to social media sites.

Blackpool Football Club & Academy aims to provide a service to our existing and future fans and as a result chooses to use a range of social media sites to engage with young fans. Blackpool Football Club & Academy is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults who engage with the club on any social media sites used by the club and as a result has developed a policy to support the club’s work on any such sites. The club recognises that any initial policy could very quickly develop into a more interactive involvement with young fans and therefore this policy will be reviewed on an annual basis or after the outcome of any serious issue or incident as a result of the use of social media sites by the club, by staff/volunteers or fans.


Read our E-Safety and Social Media Policy here.

General Complaints Policy

The Club and Academy welcomes comments and complaints from all members of the Club community and from the general public. We use this process to improve our services for stakeholders, fans and the wider community in which we exist.

Blackpool Football Club and Academy is committed to the continuous improvement of the services it provides. We recognise that, occasionally, mistakes will be made or the service offered will not meet as individual’s requirements or expectations. 


Read our General Complaints Policy here.

Player and Parent Disciplinary Policy

Internal structure for Discipline of Academy Players and their Parents/Guardians This procedure is to be implemented in the event of players or parents not complying with the Academy’s ‘code of conduct’.


Read our Player and Parent Disciplinary Policy here.

Player Complaint and Appeal Policy

Blackpool Football Club & Academy – Internal Structure for Complaints and Appeals for Players and Parents/Guardians

Hopefully this procedure will not be necessary and that all matters arising can be negotiated satisfactorily with player’s manager at the Academy. If this fails then the following course of action will be taken.


Read our Player Complaint and Appeal Policy here.

Prevent Policy

Blackpool Football Club & Academy recognises its statutory and moral duty to promote and secure the welfare of its players, adopting a risk based approach to safeguarding, which assures the highest possible level of safety for players and the most positive impact on learning. This includes our obligation under the Prevent Duty (September 2015) to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.


Read our Prevent Policy here.

Safeguarding Policy

Blackpool Football Club and Academy is committed to safeguarding, as far as reasonably practicable, the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The Club/Academy expects all staff, players, volunteers, contractors, partners and guests to share this commitment and believes that all staff, players, volunteers, contractors and guests have a responsibility to report any concerns to the Club should they be concerned about the welfare of any child, young person or vulnerable adult.


Read our Safeguarding Policy here. 

Safeguarding Policy Amendment - COVID 19

This amendment should be read in conjunction with the Club Safeguarding Policy, Staff Code of Conduct and Player Behaviour Policy.


Read our Safeguarding Policy Amendment - COVID 19 here.

Transport Policy

Blackpool Football Club & Academy is committed to ensuring all players are transported in a safe and appropriate manner compliant with current legislation and the procedures are set out in the following plan. Transport Officer The Club & Academy does not have a dedicated

Therefore the Academy Administrator will take on this role along with the responsibility of arranging transport within the Academy. The Academy Administrator is heavily supported by the Head of Education and Welfare/Academy Safeguarding Officer in regards to transport plans, guidelines, safeguarding and best practise. This responsibility is specified in each member of staff’s job description.


Read our Transport Policy here.

Tours and Tournaments Safeguarding

Blackpool Football Club & Academy is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our Players so that they can train and play in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.

Travelling to away games and having trips away from home should be both safe and fun for our players (which includes all young people under the age of 18). It should be a chance for all players to grow in confidence, self-esteem, and skills.

Read our Tours and Tournaments Safeguarding here.

Visitors' Safeguarding Leaflet

Blackpool Football Club/Academy Visitor’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

Blackpool FC Academy take safeguarding and child protection very seriously. We are fully committed to safeguarding our players and ensuring that we provide a secure environment where children are happy and can achieve.

Read our Visitors' Safeguarding Leaflet here.

Volunteer Recruitment Policy

We will use appropriate means to advertise for volunteers locally that take into account the principles of our Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policies. The applicant will have to complete an YD2 form, but help can be given with this if necessary. The applicant will be interviewed by the Head of Academy or Head of Department, or a combination of both and if this is successful the two references asked for will be taken up. A criminal records check with the Criminal Records Bureau will be made (if relevant) for every volunteer.


Read our Volunteer Recruitment Policy here.

Whistleblowing Policy

This policy will set out how individuals can raise concerns about the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Blackpool FC & Academy activities.

It will provide a method of raising concerns and how they can receive feedback on any action taken.


Read our Whistleblowing Policy here.


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