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My Future Goal Project Is A Big Success

The My Future Goal programme is designed to inspire and engage any individuals who are currently not in Education, Training or Employment. You are given 1 to 1 advice with opportunities to volunteer within Burton Albion Community Trust or with our local business partners.

The programme has been running for five months and has been successful. One of the successes of the programme so far is Chris Boast who started as a volunteer and is now employed as a casual coach. Chris has written about his experience with the trust.

“Since joining the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) as a volunteer I have been made to feel so welcome by everybody in the team. I have been supported in every way possible in all areas I have been working in. My volunteer support worker Gemma Lanchester has been there every day to advise and support me when I have not been too sure on what to do next. Gemma has been on the end of the phone and also met up with me when I have needed one to one advice and support on what to do next in my sessions and sometimes in my life too. Through the help and support I have received whilst volunteering with BACT I have gained a lot of experience and met some fantastic people along the way. I have also moved from volunteering to part-time employment and I cannot thank Gemma and the rest of the team enough. I will be forever grateful for all the help I have received.”

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PLANS for a new £1m community sports facility at the Pirelli Stadium have received a boost after another business signed up to support the project.

Burton Albion Community Trust is looking to businesses to help provide the final funding for an artificial pitch which will be for community use and which will benefit a wide range of clubs and organisations.
The project has secured nearly £850,000 of funding from The Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund.
Now, Raygar Architectural & Engineering Supplies Ltd is the latest company to back the BACT fundraising drive with managing director Ray Garlick handing over a cheque for £2,000, bringing the total received to £920,000.
Raygar is an independent supplier of ironmongery, tools and fixings based in Derby.
Ray said: “Somewhere along the line, communities have lost their way with the number of kids playing football. When I was seven, parks were full. We need to find ways of getting kids back to being healthy and playing sport again and that means providing them with facilities like this.
“It’s also important for football clubs to be involved in the community, so it’s all positive.
“I played football for a long time and it’s nice for me to be able to put something back that will help kids develop in the future.”
BACT has secured donations from Trent and Dove, The Consolidated Charity of Burton and the East Staffordshire Local Neighbourhood Development Fund.
It is now asking businesses to help bridge the funding gap.
Any business interested in supporting the project can go to Just Giving at to donate.
Or, the following package has been created for businesses to support – which can be tailored to any firm’s particular needs.
For £2,000 businesses receive:
– Business logo on a ‘Partners’ Board’
– Invite to official opening of the venue and recognition within launch literature
– Discounted hire fees in line with local partner clubs
– Free annual partners’ tournament
– Logo on facility page on BACT website
In addition to the above there is an opportunity for a main ‘Facility Partner’. If anyone is interested in this option contact 
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Investors In People Award for Community Trust

BURTON Albion Community Trust has achieved an internationally-recognised standard in people management.

The charity off-shoot of Burton Albion has achieved Investors in People accreditation, which recognises organisations for the way they support and manage staff.
Founded in 1991, Investors in People has set the standard for better people management and is a recognised accreditation which is held by 14,000 organisations across the world.
The standard “defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results”.
Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) engages with more than 8,000 people a week and delivers a diverse programme of health, education and sporting activities to all age groups.
BACT has achieved Investors in People status on its first application.
Assessor Kathyrn Shepherd, in awarding the accreditation, said: “It is a well-deserved accolade.
“Burton Albion Community Trust has worked with its growing team in an engaging and supportive manner and only recently benchmarked its practices against the Investors in People standard. The result of this assessment is then all the more noteworthy, as the ethos of Investors in People has been part of the trust’s culture from the outset.
 “It was a pleasure to meet such a positive and committed group of people.”


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The English Schools’ Football Association is holding its U18 Schools and U18 Colleges Girls’ National Cup Finals on Wednesday 16th March at Burton Albion FC. As part of this event we are launching Girls Football Week, which runs from 25th April -2 May 2016.

As part of the day’s events we will be hosting the FA Girls’ Football Roadshow in association with Continental Tyres. The National Final matches will be streamed live on ‘247.TV’ with female commentators, matches officiated by female match officials and we will also have ‘Ball Girls’. Female Young Leaders will also be assisting with the Roadshow activities. We also have a number of special female guests in attendance.

Any School that attends the Roadshow will receive free entry to the game(s)

The schedule for the Girls Cup Finals are:

 Wednesday 16th March 2016

Accrington College v Solihull College                                        12pm KO

 Thomas Telford School v John Madjeski Academy            4.30pm KO

 The Continental Roadshow will take place at the ground and will be available to take part in prior to both games. Activities include:

  • Inflatable pitch
  • Speed cage
  • Target shoot
  • Freestyle workshop

Sessions will run all day from 10.00am -4.00pm in the following time slots10.00am -12.00pm 1.30pm -4.00pmYou must pre-register your interest in attending by completing the below form and e-mailing it to Andy Weston at The English Schools FA before Thursday 10th March 2016. A risk assessment will be available upon request.

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ADS Accountancy sponsors Burton Albion Community Trust’s Adult Disability Programme

EVERY Friday morning between 9.30am and 11.30am Burton Albion Community Trust hosts a social sporting session for adults with disabilities in East Staffordshire. The session takes place at the Burton Albion Community Hub and costs £5 per person, with carers and parents FREE to attend.

The Adult Disability Programme has now received a boost with the announcement that local company ADS Accountancy will be the headline sponsors for the sessions. Burton Albion Community Trust and ADS have worked together on a number of areas previously.

Steve Sharp, of ADS Accountancy, said: “We are very pleased to be associated with Burton Albion Community Trust, supporting all the great work it does in the communities of East Staffordshire.

“Being able to sponsor and support the adult disability session is fantastic. Providing equal opportunities and sporting chances to everyone is very important.”

John Widdowson, BACT Health and Inclusion Manager, said: “It is great to have ADS Accountancy supporting our Adult Disability Programme, which alongside our Able Too Albion and Junior Disability Youth Club is having an impact on and supporting the whole of the community.”

There Is no need to book on to the sessions – people can just turn up. For more information please contact Aaron Gordon n 01283 565938 or



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BACT #ProstateCancerUK Quiz Night!

Burton Albion Community Trust would like to invite all those that are interested to join us for our up and coming quiz night. The night will be to raise funds for #ProstateCancerUK as part of the #FootballToAmsterdam bike ride sponsorship, in which members of the BACT are taking part in.

Five cyclists will be taking part in the fundraising drive for Prostate Cancer representing the Brewers alongside another 71 Football League clubs.

BACT’s head of community Andy Taylor; community manager Matthew Hancock and health and inclusion manager John Widdowson will be joined by the business operations manager from Burton Co-operative Trust Deb Bacon and Hollie Benton, who is the family and education practitioner from the East Staffordshire’s Children Centre.

The night will be hosted Friday 11th March at the Monks Bridge Pub, Stretton. There will be a number of great BAFC prizes up for grabs, with it costing just £2 per person to enter. We hope to see you all there!