BREWERS club captain Shaun Barker says that making an impact in the community is of vital importance to Burton Albion.
Barker and young defender Jayden Cotterill were on hand as pupils from Fountains Primary and Secondary School came to the Pirelli Stadium as Burton Albion Community Trust showcased the impact of its work as part of a nationwide EFL initiative.
All 72 EFL clubs and their community trusts came together for the EFL’s Day of Action to demonstrate the positive impact football can have in changing young people’s lives.
The pupils got a tour of the Pirelli Stadium and saw the new community building with the sensory equipment that has been donated by Shaun Barker’s Foundation.
The visitors also got a chance to play football on the 3G community pitch at the ground.
Barker said: “I have been at Burton Albion a couple of years now and I know the effort that goes into the community work here. I was keen to be a part of that as soon as I signed for the club.”
Burton Albion Commercial Director Fleur Robinson was also on hand for the EFL Day of Action and joined in with activities at the BACT building.
She said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to welcome two schools here today and to highlight the great work done by our community trust. The club and the trust work closely together and we are delighted to be part of the Day of Action.”
Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “We’re really grateful to Shaun (Barker) and Jayden (Cotterill) for joining us today, especially seeing as the first-team are off on the international break.
“They were fantastic with today’s with both sets of youngsters, just as all of the players have been throughout the season. The ‘EFL Day of Action’ really has been another fantastic celebration of the hard work that Burton Albion does out in the community.”