IT was a momentous occasion at the Pirelli Stadium, one which could definitely be described as ‘A Night To Inspire’. Around 250 people were in attendance for the annual Burton Albion Community Trust Awards Night, which was filled with celebration, elation and even at times, emotion, as BACT showcased the work that they have done throughout the local community during the past year.
Staff, partners and associates of the Trust made up the audience, along with club chairman Ben Robinson, manager Nigel Clough and new Academy Director Dan Robinson. This year’s hosts were slightly different, with BACT staff Joe Green, Dani Coltman and Reece Brown, who all came through an apprenticeship scheme with the Trust, putting themselves in the limelight, much to praise and admiration of their pleasured audience.
The night started with a welcoming from Billy and Bettie Brewer on arrival, before guests sat down to a three-course meal, accompanied by music from talented youngsters of Pingle School. Once the awards got underway, all nine awards were then to presented to the winners one by one, allowing BACT to display how successful each person had been and why each person had won the award. Other live performances also took place throughout the night, including a singer and the BACT Dance Team.
Videos and photos were shown throughout to expand on each award, giving the audience more of an insight into the hard work that takes place on a day to day basis for all involved with the Trust. A humorous interview with Burton Albion’s Ben Robinson and Nigel Clough was another highlight, along with speeches from a number of BACT coordinators and inspiring words from Staffordshire Polices Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey and Trust Chairman John Jackson.
Brewers manager Nigel Clough said: “The community trust is absolutely vital to Burton Albion, the football club and the success of it then enables the community to go out and do more good work than they already do.”
Head of the Community Andy Taylor said after: “It has been a fantastic evening, I am absolutely delighted to see smiles on the winners faces, throughout the whole of the evening we’ve really been able to showcase what we do, with our partners, with our funders and we are very grateful to all our sponsors.
“We are also thankful to the Ashfield Health Care for sponsoring the evening as a whole and to all the individual award sponsors that have made the night possible. It really was a night to inspire and we are delighted with how it has gone.”
AWARD WINNER 1 | Star Award for Football Development, presented by Rysard Kawak from Townsend & Renaudon – was a joint award for Charlie Fairhurst and Leighton Thomas.
AWARD WINNER 2 | Star Award for Health and Inclusion, presented by Neil Carpenter from Palletforce – winner was Chelsea Jenkins.
AWARD WINNER 3 | Star Award for Education & Learning, presented by Paul Collis from McVities – winner was Matt Tantrum.
AWARD WINNER 4 | Star Award for Football & Education, presented by Nigel Clough and Ben Robinson from Burton Albion FC – winner was Cameron Steele.
AWARD WINNER 5 | Star Award for NCS, presented by Carl Naylor from Pirelli – winner was Dylan Lambton-Rollings.
AWARD WINNER 6 | Young Volunteer of the Year, presented by Sarah Drew from Burton & South Derbyshire College – winner was Harry Winterton.
AWARD WINNER 7 | Project of the Year, presented by Tony Brealey from Reabrook Ltd – winner was Healthy Families, Change For Life Project.
AWARD WINNER 8 | Awareness Campaign of the Year, presented by Richard Grovesnor of East Staffs Borough Council – winner was Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
AWARD WINNER 9 | Employee of the Year, presented by Andy Holgate from Ashfield Commercial & Medical Services – winner was Katie Johnson.