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BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) have been working closely with a young, aspiring journalist, Jack Stout, in order to help his development in reporting.

As well as also being part of Burton Albion FC’s SLG (Support Liaison Group), Jack is also a ‘Vlogger’, running his own Burton Albion dedicated YouTube channel. He is now working with BACT staff at community-based football development programmes in order to gain more experience.

Following his last visit, Jack wrote his own personal account of the sessions, picking up interview experience by speaking to coaches, participants and parents.

Read Jack’s article below:


BURTON Albion Community Trust’s (BACT) Player Development session takes place on Tuesday nights, at the 3G pitches, next to the Pirelli Stadium. The session is a great opportunity for children to improve their footballing ability.

The session takes place between 6pm and 7pm, every Tuesday until the 9th of April. The prices are either £5 per session or £40 for the full block.

Player Development focuses on the development of participants passing, receiving, moving, defending and shooting, with a fun and twist to them, in order to make it more exciting for the children. 

Ben Webster, Player Development Coach, spoke about the Community Trust ‘pathway’. He said: “We aim for participants to take on board what the coaches say to them’, but also ‘getting their feedback too.

“With the likes of Marcus Harness, Ben Fox, Joe Sbarra and Reece Hutchinson all making appearances for the Brewers first team this season, it helps the children aspire to become the professional footballer that they all dream to be.”

Webster, also went on to talk about how he the chances of meeting players was an ‘awesome experience’ and one that’s crucial for Burton Albion’s first team players to see. 

After speaking to participant Paige’s guardian, she spoke about what amazing development her daughter had made since beginning the sessions. She said: “She (Paige) is coming on really well. She was previously quiet character, but has become a girl who isn’t hesitant to ‘get stuck in.”

In order to join, you can call 01283246207, or email to book on to the sessions. 

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help Jack with his personal development at BACT.

“He’s shown a keen desire to get involved and to learn. Ever since we was aware of his interest in helping out, we were happy to help and we hope that this can benefit him in the future.”