Get on Board

Get on Board

The Get on Board programme throughout 2014/15 has the following health improvement targets-

  • Decrease Obesity within Primary school age children.
  • Increase physical activity rates throughout Fylde, by providing inclusive sports and activity opportunities.
  • Diet and Nutrition- Education residents across Fylde, providing them with the skills needed to make informed choices when it comes to their diet and nutrition.
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s- engage with our most vulnerable residents and ensure they are provided with equal access to further opportunities when it comes to  physical activity and social groups.


World Mental Health Day

The AFC Fylde Community Foundation were delighted to take part in World Mental Health Day on Friday 9th October at Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness about mental health problems in society and the Foundation attended the event to highlight the work we do surrounding the issue, whilst delivering free yoga sessions.

Michael Brown, Health and Wellbeing Officer for the Foundation, deemed the event a great success.

“We had a lot of interest at our stall, with people asking about the all good work we do, so it was a very worthwhile exercise,” said Anthony.

“A lot of the younger people we met had been had been involved with our Outreach sessions in Blackpool and others were praising our Over 50’s Walking Football Programme, so it was great to receive such positive comments.

“We also handed out numerous leaflets and flyers to people who were interested about getting involved with the Foundation.”

Teenage Alcohol Awareness Report

Teenage alcohol awareness is the focus of a new education programme being rolled out across the Fylde this month, with the aim of bringing alcohol-specific hospital visits below the national average.

The AFC Fylde Community Foundation has received funding from Lancashire County Council Public Health and the Football Conference Trust to deliver a pilot programme for all year 9 pupils at Carr Hill High School, St Bede’s Catholic High School and Lytham St Anne’s Technology and Performing Arts College.

According to figures from Public Health England, the rate of alcohol-specific hospital visits among those under 18 was 48.6 on the Fylde last year (crude rate per 100,000 population), above the national average of 44.9.

Drinkaware also reports that nearly 65,000 young people every year need treatment in hospital A&E departments because of alcohol.

The one-hour sessions, which will be delivered by AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s health and well-being team as part of its flagship Get On Board programme, will educate pupils about the consequences of binge-drinking and alcohol misuse to help them make informed decisions.

Tom Hutton, director of community development at AFC Fylde, commented: “Get On Board is one of the fastest growing public health improvement programmes in the region and we are excited to launch this new strand focusing on alcohol awareness in schools.

“Funding for public health engagement initiatives is changing and the emphasis is now more on preventative programmes such as this, with the aim of reducing the long-term impact of alcohol misuse on the local population.”

Jim Mechan, specialist in public health at Lancashire County Council, added: “We didn’t think that we were doing enough to inform year 10 and 11 pupils of the dangers of alcohol abuse and an opportunity with AFC Fylde presented itself. We hope that this initiative can provide the catalyst to helping young people to understand the dangers of alcohol and that this project will provide a springboard to introducing similar initiatives across Lancashire.”

Launched in April 2014, Get On Board is a flagship public health improvement programme constructed and delivered in partnership with a number of statutory organisations, including NHS England, NHS Wyre and Fylde Clinical Commissioning Group, Lancashire County Council and the Football Conference Trust.

To find out more about the programme, please call Tom Hutton on 07739 796 101.