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BUILDING BETTER OPPORTUNITIES EVOLVE SESSION VISITED BY BURTON ALBION PLAYERS

DAVID Templeton and second-year scholar Ben Hart have attended a Building Better Opportunities Evolve session, which supports both employability and mental health.

BBO Head For Goal is a football therapy session which uses football to engage individuals who are suffering from mental health issues, funded by the European Social Fund and The Big Lottery Community Fund.

The aim of the project is to build health and fitness, in addition to social skills or general confidence for individuals, whilst guiding them towards an active lifestyle through sport.

Dan Brooks, Employability Coordinator for Burton Albion Community Trust, said: “To have Burton Albion footballers join in the session to show their support for the project is fantastic.

“The session allows individuals the chance to improve their confidence and mental health, along with helping them to take footsteps into employment or further education and training.

“This season, we have had three young individuals progress and complete a traineeship with Burton Albion Community Trust, eight participants moving into employment and four currently in the process of completing distance-learning schemes.

“Moving forward, our aim is to develop further opportunities and links with local businesses for all our participants.”

Club Captain and Health and Wellbeing Ambassador, Jake Buxton, said: “To show our support for these types projects is vital for our players to learn what our club is all about. When we select the players who go to our appearances, we try and spread it out as much as possible so that our players can get a taste of all of the scopes of work that BACT deliver on.”

The sessions take place every Tuesday between 1.30-3.30pm at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G pitch (next to the Pirelli Stadium). Individuals 16 years old who are suffering from anxiety, stress, loss of confidence or depression are also given the opportunity to access employability skills and gain further distance-learning or career opportunities following their practical involvement with BACT.

Building CVs and basic IT support with applications or job searching are available, in addition to help with building confidence with interview techniques.

If you would like to attend the session or require further information about all employability programmes, please contact 01283 440041 or email dan.brooks@burtonalbionct.org.