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Fleetwood Town Chairman Pledges £10,000 To Help Tackle Bullying In Schools

Fleetwood Town FC have become the first national sponsor of a ground-breaking training programme aimed at tackling bullying in schools.

The League One club have joined forces with Human Behaviour Trainer and Success Coach, Norry Ascroft, by pledging £10,000 to enable the roll-out of an online teacher training program to 100 schools.

Norry started helping teachers, parents and children a decade ago after reading about a teenage girl who had committed suicide due to cyber bullying. This led him to start a campaign – MADD About Bullying, MADD standing for ‘Making A Direct Difference’.

He has now created an online teacher training programme which looks at the foundation of human behaviour together with strategies to tackle negative actions which can lead to bullying.

The MADD About Bullying programme has already been shared with 100 schools across Lancashire. Now, thanks to the £10,000 sponsorship from Fleetwood Town, another 100 schools in the North West will get access to the programme.

Norry said: “I can’t thank Fleetwood Town and their chairman Andy Pilley enough for their generosity which will make a direct difference in so many schools.

“We have had individuals sponsor up to 10 schools, but for Fleetwood Town to directly sponsor 100 is absolutely amazing. It’s even more special because Andy genuinely wants to help children reach their true potential.”

Andy, who together with his role at Fleetwood Town is managing director of Lancashire-based energy supplier BES Utilities and merchant service company Card Saver, said he was so moved by Norry’s passion for young people he had to get involved.

Andy said: “When you meet Norry you cannot help but be inspired by him and what he says. He is so passionate about wanting to help tackle bullying, which is not only an issue in schools but in many walks of life.

“Therefore, I’m delighted Fleetwood Town is able to team up with Norry and help roll out his excellent training programme to more schools across the North West. I believe Norry can make a real difference and so we are delighted to be his first national sponsor.” 

The MADD About Bullying training programme, which is presented through a series of engaging video modules, is funded entirely through sponsors and is delivered to schools free of charge.

Blackpool-based Norry, who says the course ‘psychologically gets to the root problem’, added: “Training teachers, parents and children, about the behaviour weaknesses that drive bullying is the only way we are going to make a real difference.

“Bullying is still the main reason behind our children’s low self-esteem, low confidence, and poor mental health. When a problem keeps getting worse you have to change your response to what is already being used. This course is different to what has already been used, and it has to be.“At the lowest level of bullying our children are being held back from reaching their true potential and, at worst, bullying is causing more mental health problems and an increase in teenage suicides. This is why I’m so passionate about the bullying problem.”

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Fleetwood Town Chairman Returns To His Roots To Help Youngsters Chase Their Football Dreams

Andy Pilley has returned to the park he played at as a boy to help local youngsters chase their own football dreams.

In a new partnership, Fleetwood Town will now help maintain the football pitches at East Pines Park, Anchorsholme.

Although the park is lovingly looked after by a dedicated ‘Friends’ group it has suffered in recent months through a spate of anti-social behaviour while poor drainage often left the pitches unplayable.

On hearing about the issues, Fleetwood Town chairman Andy decided to get involved.  He said: “I played football at East Pines Park as a young lad and myself and my mates had some great times there.

“However, the pitches have never been the best – in fact, the goalposts don’t even line up!

“So, when I was approached by the Friends group, I knew this is something I would love to get involved with.

“The Friends group does an amazing job and it has won a £10,000 Postcode Lottery grant allowing new drainage to be installed, together with a new playing surface and nets. But to keep the pitches in good condition they need to be maintained properly.

“We are delighted to announce that grounds staff from Fleetwood Town will look after the pitches. I am really pleased to be able to give something back to the community where I grew up.”

The Friends of East Pines Park are made up of local councillors and volunteers who do tireless work in maintaining the park.

Since 2015, the group has secured funding and raised money allowing them to install £45,000 of new play equipment, erect £28,000 of new railings, plant more than 4,000 plants and open a café at Anchorsholme Library.

Earlier this year the park was named ‘Best Park in Blackpool’ in the Blackpool In Bloom awards

Cllr Paul Galley, who is chairman of the Friends group, said he was delighted Andy and Fleetwood Town were getting involved.

Cllr Galley said:  “The park is much-loved and well used. The Friends group has done so much to transform it into a place to be used by the whole community.

“However, this year there has been a number of anti-social behaviour issues and we are determined that this doesn’t happen again.

“Both myself and my fellow Anchorsholme councillor Tony Williams have made it a priority to have a number of options in place for teenagers to be involved within 2019 and onwards. These new pitches, looked after by a Football League club, will be the best around!

“We can’t thank Andy Pilley enough. Both he and Fleetwood Town have been absolutely amazing and this new partnership with the ‘Cod Army’ will have a massive positive impact on the park.”

(4) Fleetwood Town grounds staff at East Pines Park (2) The unaligned goalposts before work began at East Pines Park (3) Poor drainage led to flooding at the park

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The Lion Is Ready To Roar Again With The Support Of The Cod Army

Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose is back – and he has Fleetwood Town in his corner.

Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose is back – and he has Fleetwood Town in his corner.

The former British champion is set to return to the ring next month after 15 months away from boxing.

And the Blackpool middleweight is being supported on his road back to the top by Fleetwood Town FC and their owner Andy Pilley.

The League One Club – together with Andy’s Lancashire-based businesses BES Utilities and Card Saver – are now Brian’s headline sponsors.

They will be roaring ‘The Lion’ on to victory when he makes his return on November 11 at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

Brian, who won the coveted Lonsdale belt in 2012 and fought for the WBO World Super Welterweight Title in 2014, says he has never felt better and has his eyes on winning titles again.

He said: “The Lion is back and I’m in the shape of my life.

“I can’t thank Fleetwood Town and Andy Pilley enough for supporting me on this next chapter of my career. It will be the final chapter, but it will be the best chapter.

“Fleetwood’s backing means I can focus 100 per cent on my boxing. On top of the financial support, I can use all of the club’s facilities at their state-of-the-art Poolfoot Farm training base. The facilities and staff are brilliant and the best I’ve ever had access to.

“The club and Andy have been superb, and I want to repay their support by winning titles again.”

Brian, 33, whose professional career has included 29 victories and countless memorable nights in the ring, has not fought since challenging for the World Boxing Association International Middleweight Title in February 2017.

But since returning to training, under the watchful eye of Robert Rimmer – the son of his long-time mentor Bobby Rimmer – Brian’s sharpness and hunger have returned.

Brian added: “I’ve had 15 months away from boxing and in that time I’ve matured as an athlete, both mentally and physically. I’ve never felt better – I’m in the shape of my life.

“I’m not coming back for the money, this is about professional pride and unfinished business. I don’t want to end my career with any regrets and there’s no doubt I believe I can win titles again.

“I know I’ve fought for world titles and won a Lonsdale Belt, but I know that I’m capable of coming back and achieving even more than I already have.

“I truly think I could get another shot at a world title. I’m seeing people now winning world titles that I feel are not as good as me and that’s another thing that drives me on. I’m back and I’m back with a mission!”

Andy Pilley, chairman of Fleetwood Town FC, BES Utilities and Card Saver, said his club and companies are backing Brian to return to the top. He said: “Brian is a fantastic boxer and a wonderful guy.

“He’s a local lad whose desire and drive to get back to the top is infectious. We are delighted to be helping him in this way.

“Poolfoot Farm is a facility we are very proud of. We have given Brian free use of all the facilities, including access to our coaches and physios, which will hopefully help him on his way back to the top.

“Brian will be proudly wearing our club crest on his shorts when he steps back into the ring in November and we’re sure every member of the Cod Army will be roaring him on.”

 

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Card Saver Boost For Fylde Coast Hospice Care

Lancashire entrepreneur Andy Pilley is supporting the Fylde coast’s hospice services by making it easier for people to donate money.

Through Blackpool-based Card Saver, merchant service terminals have been donated to Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice enabling members of the public to swiftly donate cash by card rather than having to look for loose change.

Andy was encouraged to donate the card payment terminals free of charge to Trinity and Brian House after being contacted by local fund-raiser Andy Charles who has raised more than £70k for Brian House through a series of sporting challenges.

Andy Charles said he is delighted Andy Pilley has been able to help. Andy Charles said: “I approached Andy Pilley as in my experience, collecting by cash and by text is difficult in the digital revolution.

“Making it easy for people to donate gives the chance to donate for those who choose to be cashless and embrace contactless technology.”

The Trinity and Brian House team have wasted no time putting the terminals to action as they encouraged concert-goers to donate using the Card Saver terminals when they were charity partners at the recent Lytham Festival.

Trinity Hospice and Brian House Head of Fundraising Linzi Warburton, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Card Saver for these new card machines.

“These days, making card payments is so easy that people often don’t carry cash on them. This can affect charities like us as people just don’t have anything to put in our charity collection buckets or to make spur-of-the-moment purchases like for our raffle tickets.

“It was great to be able to have the machines ready for our night at Lytham Festival, where people commented it was definitely easier for them to be able to support our charity by using them. This will make a huge difference for us.”

Card Saver supplies credit and debit card machines to businesses both locally and across the UK employing more than 100 people at its Bispham offices.

Andy Pilley said: “I am absolutely delighted that through Card Saver we are able to help both Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice.

“We’re moving more and more into a cashless society, so it makes absolute sense that people should be able to donate easily using their credit or debit card when they see these amazing charities collecting.

“Hopefully by providing these merchant service terminals free of charge Trinity and Brian House will see donations rise at their many events.

“Both facilities provide the most wonderful care, so I am happy that through my business we are able to support them in this way.”

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Major boost for Fylde Coast as BES Utilities creates 50 new jobs

Lancashire-based energy supplier BES Utilities is creating 50 new jobs.

The company, which turns over more than £100m per year, currently employs almost 200 staff at its Fleetwood headquarters.

As the business continues to expand in the hugely competitive non-domestic energy sector, BES founder and chairman Andy Pilley today announced the creation of 50 new roles.

The jobs – which cover all areas of the business from Customer Services, Operations, Human Resources to Business Support Services – will be based in Fleetwood.

A two-day recruitment event will now take place on May 2nd and 3rd for potential candidates to learn more about the roles which range from apprenticeships to management positions.

Andy said: “We have seen fantastic growth since we set the company up in 2005.

“The business continues to go from strength-to-strength, so we are delighted to announce we are creating these 50 new roles here in Fleetwood.

“We want to find ambitious people who want to become a part of our future success, while offering them not just jobs, but real careers and life-changing opportunities.”

Andy’s BES Group, which include BES Utilities, merchant services company Card Saver, Fleetwood Town Football Club and the Poolfoot Farm Sports & Leisure Complex, employs more than 600 people from across the Fylde coast.

Andy added: “We are proud to be a Fleetwood-based business and one of the biggest employers on the Fylde coast.

“The recruitment event is a great way to showcase our business and the career paths available to local people. We want to see as many people as possible, with varying skill sets. These could be entry level apprentices or experienced and highly-skilled people looking for a fresh challenge.

“Over the years we have helped many people realise their untapped potential, develop their skills and open new opportunities, and that is what we are looking to do here again.”

The May 2nd and 3rd recruitment days will run into the evening to allow people the chance to attend outside of normal office hours.

Those who attend, will be able to find out more about BES, the roles on offer and how their skills could fit in the business or with other BES Group companies.

To find out more about the recruitment days and how to get involved, please visit BES’ website.

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Card Saver raises money for BHF

Card Saver Limited, the business merchant services arm of BES Group, is proud to support the fantastic British Heart Foundation and has successfully raised money to support the great cause.

The learn more about the British Heart Foundation, click here. To learn more about Card Saver and how it can help save businesses money on their card payment processing costs, click here.

 

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Thousands turn out in support of Fernando Ricksen in Fleetwood

An England Select side featuring Darren Anderton and Lee Hendrie beat Rangers Legends 3-2 in a star-studded friendly to raise money for Fernando Ricksen’s MND foundation.

Former Gers and Holland star Ricksen was diagnosed with an aggressive Motor Neurone Disease in 2013 and watched the game from a dugout.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Thousands turn out in support of Fernando Ricksen as Rangers Legends beaten by England Select XI at Fleetwood‘ story.

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BES Utilities raises money for Brian House

Staff at Fleetwood based energy and telecom supplier, BES Utilities, put on their festive jumpers to support local charity, Brian House Children’s Hospice.

As well as ditching their suits and ties in favour of Christmas knitwear, employees also transformed the BES offices into a winter wonderland as part of their annual desk decorating competition, managing to raise an impressive £500 for their chosen charity.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Fylde coast energy firm’s festive fundraiser‘ story.

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BES helps customers affected by UK floods

Commercial energy supplier BES Utilities has contacted more than 1,500 businesses in a bid to help customers affected by devastating floods.

Thousands of homes and businesses were left under water after a series of storms wreaked havoc across Northern England, Scotland and Ireland.

To date, BES has contacted 1,550 business customers in affected areas to offer a range of help which includes the freezing or writing off of gas and electricity bills and the replacement of damaged metering equipment free of charge.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘FLOOD UPDATE: More than 1,500 BES customers offered help‘ story.

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BES Utilities supports Text Santa

Staff at commercial energy supplier BES Utilities got into the festive spirit as they donned Christmas jumpers to do their bit for ITV’s Text Santa appeal.

The Lancashire-based company’s Fleetwood offices were transformed into a sea of Yuletide woollies as business suits were ditched for the day in favour of festive knitwear as part of Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day.

And the day’s festivities saw BES staff raise more than £260 for the annual telethon.

It was all part of a record day as Text Santa raised £8.3m – its highest ever total.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘BES Utilities staff don festive woollies to support Text Santa‘ story.

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