BURTON Albion Community Trust’s first team compete in the NYFL U19 Trophy final at the Pirelli Stadium today – and attendance is FREE (2pm).
The Brewers take on West Bromwich Albion Foundation in a match which sees club legend Aaron Webster’s side compete for silverware.
Albion beat Chelsea (6-3), Watford (8-1), Crawley (2-1) and Burnley (4-3) to take their place in the final – coming back from three goals down with 15 minutes to play to take victory in the semi-final.
Webster’s side comprises of players who can receive top-level coaching within the Community Trust while combining their football with their education.
“All the lads are part of the Football and Education course which is a joint scheme between Burton Albion Community Trust and Burton and South Derbyshire College,” said Webster.
“It’s half-education, half-football. We have them three days a week and they go to college for the remaining days – it’s a great course.
“When I was younger it was either you play football and make it, or you don’t. A lot of clubs these days run it a bit differently and it’s better because the guys get a chance at making a career playing football, but if not they have something to fall back on.
“When they all stick at their course, they get their qualifications out of it and have something on their CV forever.
“It’s a good course and I’m buzzing that the lads have given themselves a chance like this.
“The journey to get to this day has been an absolute rollercoaster – we’ve got through the rounds, which is great, and the lads have given themselves a great day with the chance to play at the Pirelli Stadium.
“The pitch looks great – the ground staff have kept it in great nick especially after the Under-17 European Championships last week and a long, hard season.
“They fully deserve to get to the final today – I’ll let them remember and reminisce on the hard work, determination and togetherness to get through those previous games.
“That’s what they need to do again today to get to the final hurdle.”
“It’s a fantastic day to celebrate the achievements of the team and the hard work they’ve put in over the season,” said Wayne Chadfield, Education and Learning Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust.
“Aaron Webster has been fantastic with the first-team lads and making sure everyone has been involved with the programme.
“We work really closely with Burton and South Derbyshire College to provide the education side so all of these guys are studying while they get professional training from our UEFA and Level 2-qualified coaches.
“They’ve worked hard to get to this point so congratulations to the lads and hopefully we have a successful game and win the trophy today.”
Attendance is FREE if you want to attend the match, which kicks off at 2pm today at the Pirelli Stadium.
Next Trial Date – #ThisCouldBeYou
When: Tuesday 29th May
Where: Burton Albion Community Football Centre (Pirelli Stadium) – DE13 0AR
Female Changing: 15.30 – 16.00
Female Trial: 16.00 – 17.30
Female Changing / Debrief: 17.30 – 18.00
Male Changing: 18.00 – 18.30
Male Trial: 18.30 – 20.00
Male Changing / Debrief: 20.00 – 20.30