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STAFF of Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) practiced Continuing Professional Development (CPD) last week, as part of a five-day training experience across several venues.

Following a busy summer schedule, which included five straight weeks of Summer Soccer Schools delivery, BACT staff got the chance to come together and focus on how they can continue to grow and develop the workforce.

The week started off at Wolverhampton University, as BACT joined forces with the staff of The Aston Villa Foundation, ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup fixture The Pirelli Stadium. Staff took part in a number of joint team building activities, before ending the afternoon with a well-mannered staff eleven-a-side football match.

The middle of the week then saw BACT staff take part in first-aid training, different problem-solving activities, as well as planning for the year ahead with specific department tasks.

The week then ended with a trip to Ashbourne, as staff took on a walking and navigational task, aimed to take staff out of their comfort zones whilst hiking to their destination. After a social afternoon around the town itself, the BACT team then got chance to kick back a little, rounding off the week with some enjoyable games and competitions.

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “The staff were all excellent throughout the week and we really saw the value in pretty much everything that we did.

“Our Health and Wellbeing manager John Widdowson did a fantastic job in organising a lot of the tasks and activities, which created some really great moments where we got to see staff to come together in sometimes difficult and challenging situations.

“I’m really proud of how well everyone conducted themselves and it’s given us a great platform to help us decide how we will run out Staff CPD Week next year.”