Month: March 2019

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Card Saver Teams Up With Blackpool FC To Give Fans Hassle-Free Payment Options

Card Saver is today delighted to announce it is Blackpool Football Club’s new payment technology provider – a partnership which will allow fans to buy tickets and merchandise via a range of hassle-free methods.

The Blackpool-based payment solutions company – set up and led by Lancashire entrepreneur Andy Pilley – will now provide all cashless payment services at the League One club.

This will enable fans who want to buy tickets, merchandise or food and drink at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road stadium the opportunity to do so through quick, easy and secure payments via either debit and credit cards, or Apple and Google Pay.

Thousands of Seasiders’ fans are expected to return to Bloomfield Road for this Saturday’s home League game with Southend. This has already led to large queues outside the club’s ticket office.

Andy Pilley, who is chairman of the Seasiders’ League One rivals Fleetwood Town, said: “Myself and Card Saver are delighted to be the new payment technology providers for Blackpool Football Club.

“Blackpool FC and Fleetwood Town are rivals on the pitch for 180 minutes every season, but we are also Fylde coast neighbours and so I’m delighted my company is partnering with the Seasiders in this way.

“You can clearly see from the crowds that have already been queuing up to get tickets there is huge excitement building ahead of Saturday’s game.

“The new board at Blackpool contacted me to say they needed a new card services and contactless payments provider and asked whether we could help.

“We have now installed 25 payment terminals covering all areas of the club, from the ticket office, club shop and in the hospitality and food and beverage areas.

“I am delighted Card Saver is able to provide payment solutions for this proud and historic football club as they and their fans enter a new era.”

Card Saver was set up in 2015 and has thousands of business customers across the UK. Together with many high street stores, SME businesses and charities it works with several football clubs, including Fleetwood Town and Premier League Burnley FC.

Ben Hatton, Blackpool FC’s Executive and Managing Director, said: “We are extremely grateful to Andy Pilley, and to everyone at Card Saver for coming in at short notice and pulling out all the stops in order to get us up and running for the game this Saturday.

“These new payment terminals will make a huge difference, particularly at the kiosks in the stadium. With contactless payments available to all supporters it should significantly speed up the time taken to serve people.

“It has been heart-warming to experience the swell of support for the club in the last week or so, and the fact Andy, the chairman of a neighbouring rival League One club, has been so helpful is a fantastic example of the football family pulling together.”

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Inspirational Young Players Help Cod Army Launch Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks Of Action’

A talented group of young amputee footballers were guests of honour as Fleetwood Town celebrated the start of Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action.

The annual campaign – now in its 15th year – shines a spotlight on those who make a difference to the enjoyment and experience of disabled sports fans. 

And to mark the start of 2019 #WeeksofAction, Town chairman Andy Pilley invited a group of Lancashire-based amputee footballers to enjoy a special day at Highbury.

Liam Brittles, 16, Jamie Oakey, 15, Thomas Atkinson, 15, Ben Tierney, 14, and CJ Donaghey, four, are hoping to attend a European training camp in Germany this summer, supported by funding from Fleetwood Town and other sponsors.

The young players took to the Highbury pitch ahead of Saturday’s League One game with Gillingham to show off their skills and meet Cod Army head coach Joey Barton.

Jamie, who was born without a right foot, plays for Everton and is a member of England Amputee FA’s Under-23 squad. He said: “It was amazing to be invited to the game and we had a brilliant day.

“It was great to meet Joey Barton and the team and be on the pitch before kick-off. The club has been brilliant sponsoring our trip to Germany which is really going to help all the lads.”

The #WeeksofAction initiative – held this year between March 2-17 – is organised by Level Playing Field, the representative body of disabled football supporters. 

It is an annual celebration of disabled football supporters and the work being done by clubs, disabled supporters’ associations, fans and other organisations towards delivering access and inclusion. 

Andy Pilley said: “It was an honour to invite an inspirational group of young players to be our special guests on Saturday.

“I was delighted we were able to donate towards helping these lads get to their training camp in Germany and we have offered the England amputee squad free use of our training facilities any time they need them.

 “As a club we are very proud of the work to ensure that our matchday experience is inclusive for all.

“Both the club and our Community Trust work with many groups, both at Highbury and our Poolfoot Farm training ground, to make sure disabled fans and players get to enjoy this wonderful sport, whether they are spectators or players.

 “It was great to see the young amputee players on the pitch before the game and we wish them the very best out in Germany. We’re sure the Cod Army got to see some real stars of the future.”

The junior amputee players are closing in on their target of raising £5,000 to attend the European training camp. If you can help contact Elaine Oakey on 07759 959445. They are also holding a fund-raising night at the Guards Club, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, on Saturday March 23 from 6pm. Auction and raffle prizes welcomed.

To find out more about the work of Level Playing Field and its #WeeksofAction go to www.levelplayingfield.org.uk

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