The programme will be delivered at the home of football on the Fylde Coast – Poolfoot Farm Sports & Leisure Complex. This is the training ground of FTFC’s 1st team and academy.
FTIFA players will train alongside the FTFC 1st, development and academy teams. The £9 million facilities were opened by the legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in April 2016 & feature the following:
- 7 top class grass pitches.
- 2 FIFA 2 star grade (the highest grade possible) 4G pitches.
- 4 FTFC red 5-a-side pitches.
- The Crossbar restaurant (players will enjoy lunch here).
- The 1st team & Academy gym (FTIFA players will have access).
- The 1st team & Academy physiotherapy room (FTIFA players will have access.
- 10 changing room facilities including showers.
- The 1st team & Academy analysts (FTIFA players will have access).
- Club meeting rooms. (Regular FTIFA individual/team meetings to be held here).
- FTFC classrooms. Multi-use for: Analysis sessions, nutrition lessons, upcoming fixture preparation & much more.
Opportunities will be provided for all players to attend and have match day responsibilities at FTFC home games, similar to that of our young academy apprentices. Additionally, work experience can also be arranged at the request of the player within all areas of the football club including;
- Media Department.
- Hospitality facility management.
- Community outreach, and retail services.
FTIFA players will have the unique opportunity to experience first-hand how a professional club works.
"opportunities for match day experience at ftfc"
FTIFA players are housed with FTFC club scholars in the north shore area of Blackpool at one of the clubs hotels.
The Lodge Hotel
6-8 Northumberland Avenue
Players will receive breakfast & an evening meal here (lunch is served at the Crossbar restaurant at Poolfoot Farm) during the week whilst at weekends players will be provided with three meals a day. Rooms sleep one, two or four, include WiFi, a TV & are en-suite.
Players are in close proximity to the buzz of the town centre, walking distance from the world-famous Golden Mile – jam-packed full of visitor attractions, while local transport links provide an accessible gateway to the rest of the Fylde Coast & North West of Englands attractions.
FTFC & FTIFA have experienced, dedicated, approachable staff to care for the players & deal with any concerns they may have.
places of worship
The Fylde Coast area & Blackpool have wide-ranging places of worship to cater for all religions.
All players will have access to a washing machine & any washing is to done by the players themselves. This is an expectation of all FTFC’s young professionals.
All players on the FTIFA programme are effectively on trial with FTFC throughout the duration of their time with us. Those demonstrating the required levels of ability will be offered the chance to train with some of our professional teams.
For those who do not meet the necessary ability levels, opportunities are available to trial at an FTFC partner club in other countries where we feel they will have the best chance to impress.
Location - Blackpool
Since the 1800s, Blackpool has been Britain’s most popular resort. With entertainment at the heart of the beloved Blackpool, the seaside town has been synonymous with fun-filled and action-packed adventures. With an abundance of award-winning attractions, Blackpool has something for everyone, you don’t need to travel far to have an amazing experience.
Thrill-seekers can enjoy the thrills and spills of the white knuckle rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, or why not visit the world famous Blackpool Tower, one of the most loved and recognisable landmarks in the world and home to the famous Tower Ballroom, The Tower Circus, The Blackpool Tower Dungeons, The Blackpool Tower Circus and The Blackpool Tower Eye.
Those looking for an animal-mad adventure, visit Blackpool Zoo, or swim with sharks at SEA LIFE Blackpool. You can meet the stars at Madame Tussauds or chill out in 84-degree sub-tropical paradise at Sandcastle Waterpark.