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WHO ARE WE

Champions is an exciting personal development programme in Lancashire that aims to ensure that regardless of your circumstances or background, you have the opportunities and support to achieve your potential. The Champions’ programme has been helping young people in Lancashire since 2020 and has so far supported over 400 people.

During the programme of support, mentors help you access relevant activities, support services and opportunities. The programme was set up and is funded by the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network and is part of the wider work they do around preventing serious violence in Lancashire by understanding and addressing its root causes.

Click here to learn more about the Violence Reduction Network.

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MEET THE TEAM

Our mentors are at the heart of the Champions team, without them, the programme wouldn’t exist. They are the reason we are able to support young people across Lancashire in the way that we do.

Champions mentors come from all walks of life, but all share a common passion for making a difference in the lives of young people. Mentors do not work for the police and whilst all conversations with them are completely confidential, they cannot discuss criminal proceedings.

  • Adam Bolton
    Adam Bolton
    Adam Bolton
    Adam Bolton

    Through coaching a variety of sports, I have met people from all kinds of backgrounds. I want to use some of these sports coaching skills to motivate my clients and set them goals to work towards and achieve. I want to be the person motivating them, listening to them, and guiding them back towards the path to achieving their targets.

  • Cheryl Creighton
    Cheryl Creighton
    Cheryl Creighton
    Cheryl Creighton

    In my role I support the mentors with all their administrative tasks. Accurate recording of the data provides valuable information for our Stakeholders and strengthens the value of the programme.

  • COURTNEY KIRKHAM
    COURTNEY KIRKHAM
    COURTNEY KIRKHAM
    COURTNEY KIRKHAM

    I have a passion when it comes to supporting young people. Champions allows me to help people reach their goals and become the best version of themselves.

  • Courtney Picot
    Courtney Picot
    Courtney Picot
    Courtney Picot

    I love being in a programme that supports young people and helps them make positive steps towards their goals. Out of the office, you'll catch me in the kitchen baking something delicious!

  • DANIEL HALL
    DANIEL HALL
    DANIEL HALL
    DANIEL HALL

    I really enjoy working with young people and I am passionate about helping them become the best they can be. I love my football but spend most of my free time trying to be a good dad to my young kids!

  • David Clarke
    David Clarke
    David Clarke
    David Clarke
  • Gary Smith
    Gary Smith
    Gary Smith
    Gary Smith

    My aim is to support young people so they can contribute to stronger, safer, and more inclusive communities. Hopefully they can then keep themselves and others safe by making better informed choices. Out of work I can be found either walking my two dogs Buzz and Woody. Or watching Leeds United, I know!!!

  • Jamie Houghton
    Jamie Houghton
    Jamie Houghton
    Jamie Houghton

    Start the day with boxing, running or a gym session then end it with anything salt and pepper from the Chinese – a winning combination in my eyes.

  • Kelly Shaw
    Kelly Shaw
    Kelly Shaw
    Kelly Shaw

    The ability to work on a programme that evens the playing field for young people in my local area is what I’m passionate about. I also love spending my spare time visiting Scotland for short and sweet getaways.

  • Luke Harris
    Luke Harris
    Luke Harris
    Luke Harris

    Champions is a programme i have followed for a while now, it offers the chance to support young people in the local area which i have a real passion for. In my spare time i like to think i can kick ball a little bit, others say different 🙂

  • Maia Threlfall
    Maia Threlfall
    Maia Threlfall
    Maia Threlfall

    Champions has given me the opportunity to open pathways for each young person regardless of their own unique backgrounds and experiences. It is essential that all young people feel valued and all it takes is that one mentor to see that untapped potential in them!

  • Millie Hall
    Millie Hall
    Millie Hall
    Millie Hall

    I'm passionate about helping young people achieve their potential and backing them to succeed. In my free time you can find me in front of the TV watching fast cars drive round in circles.

  • Ria Barker
    Ria Barker
    Ria Barker
    Ria Barker

    I’m passionate about mentoring young people to dream big, setting goals and reaching what they want in life. In my spare time you’ll find me in the weights section of the gym and if I’m not there – check the nearest tapas restaurant!

  • Scott Harries
    Scott Harries
    Scott Harries
    Scott Harries

    I joined the team to help guide young people in the local community onto more positive pathways. My secret talent? Juggling!

  • Shane Hudson
    Shane Hudson
    Shane Hudson
    Shane Hudson
  • Tara Fraser-Bell
    Tara Fraser-Bell
    Tara Fraser-Bell
    Tara Fraser-Bell

    I love my job because I like to help those who need it the most. But in my spare time, I can often by found socialising with friends over dinner or exploring the countryside by going on a hike.

  • Could this be you?
    Is this you?

    We are always looking for more dedicated team members!

    Apply now

PARTNERS

The Champions programme is delivered by nine football club community organisations (CCOs) across Lancashire.

  • preston north end community and education trust logo
    Preston North End Community and Education Trust

    Utilising the power and appeal of Preston North End Football Club and football as a whole, we situate ourselves at the heart of the Preston community, providing a high-quality service to improve people’s lives. Our provision is centred around Community Engagement, Education, and Health and Wellbeing.

    Our services connect people from all walks of life, supporting people to achieve their goals and helping them to make positive changes, ultimately creating a safer, stronger and more resilient community.

  • morecombe fc community sports logo
    Morecambe FC Community Sports

    Morecambe FC Community Sports operates a range of innovative projects, schemes and initiatives supporting education, health, social inclusion and sports participation.

    Our programmes include extensive work in schools; partnerships with local agencies, charities and organisations; support to government initiatives promoting health and well-being and sessions targeted at groups with special needs or from socially deprived areas.

  • wigan athletic community trust logo
    Wigan Athletic Community Trust

    Working with Wigan Athletic towards Equality in Health, Life Chances and Stronger, Safer Communities. BELIEVE in Communities. 

    As the official charity of Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust recognises the value of the badge it represents and the introduction it gives to help reconnect young people into positive activities in their own communities. 

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    Fleetwood Town Community Trust

    Fleetwood Town Community Trust (FTCT) is a vibrant and active community project that aims to provide socially inclusive community, health and education engagement programmes which aim to make a difference to the lives of people within our communities.

    The Trust offers many diverse activities that aim to provide the people in Wyre and Fylde with the opportunities to participate and enjoy themselves in a fun, friendly environment.

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    Blackpool FC Community Trust

    Working with residents as young as two years old up to adults in the later stages of life, Blackpool FC Community Trust provide a diverse range of programmes to increase social inclusion opportunities; improve physical fitness, health, and education; and lessen involvement in anti-social behaviour.

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    Burnley FC in the Community

    We believe in the immense power of our football club to transform people’s lives for the better. We work hard every day to deliver our mission across the communities of Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, the Ribble Valley and West Yorkshire. 

    Together we inspire, support and deliver positive change for all.

  • blackburn rovers community trust logo
    Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

    Blackburn Rovers community trust is fully committed to offering all members of the local community access to the highest quality programme of grassroots sports, education, inclusion, and awareness projects to open up new avenues of life chances to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire.

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    AFC Fylde Community Foundation

    AFC Fylde Community Foundation is the official charity of AFC Fylde Football Club, it was formed in 2015 as a financially independent organisation to improve the lives of others.

    Working across the Fylde area, the Foundation works with AFC Fylde to improve health and wellbeing, improve employability and skills, and create stronger communities.

  • accrington stanley community trust logo
    Accrington Stanley Community Trust

    Accrington Stanley Community Trust is a non-profit, self-funding registered charity and community organisation that has been working within the Hyndburn community since 2007. 

    With the support of partners, the community trust has the ability to engage people, improve community cohesion and raise the hopes and aspiration of the people of Hyndburn.