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LOCAL company Palletforce is the latest business to make a donation to Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) in order to help secure the £1m fee needed for the Community Football Centre astro.

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BAFC and Queen’s Hospital Offer Free Prostate Cancer Screening

BURTON Albion and Queen’s Hospital have joined forces for an innovative health campaign designed to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

The campaign, which hopes to take away the ‘fear factor’ and enable men to seek advice, will see screenings take place at the Pirelli Stadium as well as a range of health activities and fund-raising drives for Prostate Cancer UK.

The campaign will be focused on the Easter weekend and Albion’s home game against Oldham on Saturday, March 26.

The Jeff Stelling-led Men United fund-raising walk, which sees Brewers fans walking with the Sky TV presenter from Derby County’s iPro Stadium to the Pirelli Stadium, will take place on Good Friday, with a collection for Prostate Cancer UK at the televised Oldham game the following day.

The screenings at the Pirelli Stadium will take place on March 30 and 31 and places can be booked now.

The health activities start on March 21 and will be supported by Albion defender Damien McCrory, our Prostate Cancer UK ambassador.

Jyoti Shah, consultant urological surgeon at Queen’s Hospital in Burton, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the western world. The good news is that people tend to live with it rather than die because of it.

“This campaign is about raising awareness and dispelling the myths and about how we can help people who have to go through that journey.

“It is innovative working with a football club and it’s the perfect way of reaching a large number of people in our target group (men aged 50 plus) who might not want to visit a doctor or a hospital but may be more receptive to a health initiative through the football club they support in an environment they are familiar with. Coming to a football club to have a screening for a potential cancer does take away some of the fear factor.”

Burton Albion Community Trust will be working with hospital staff on the campaign.

Head of community Andy Taylor said: “Health is one of the key areas for the trust and we are delighted to be able to be part of this campaign which can have a big impact on men in the danger group by educating them about the potential dangers and providing them with help and advice at the football club that many of them visit week-in, week-out.”

Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson added: “One of the important things for us is using the profile of the football club to make a difference to the people of Burton and this campaign will have tangible benefits and I would urge our supporters to find out more and donate to this cause if they can.”

Brewers manager Nigel Clough has also added his support for the campaign.

He said: “We are pleased we can play a part in raising awareness among our fans about prostate cancer with the activities and screenings taking place at the Pirelli Stadium. We would also urge our fans to support the fund-raising activities that will contribute valuable funds for the Prostate Cancer UK charity.”

       Receive a free prostate cancer screening, including a PSA blood test and rectal examination of the prostate with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the Pirelli Stadium on March 30 and 31.To find out what the test involves and book your appointment telephone 01283 593172 or email to get more information.

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BACT Supports Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday, 9th February, Burton Albion Community Trust supported UK SAFER INTERNET DAY through social media. Meanwhile, the charity arm of Burton Albion FC have been supporting local children on this topic for the last two year through the, Respect Burton PSHE Programme.

To date E-safety and Cyberbullying sessions have been delivered in 8 local primary schools to over 800 children in years 5 and 6; thanks to the funding of Burton Breweries Charitable Trust. Key topics in these sessions include, fake profiles, cyberbullying, image sharing, online gaming, and stranger danger.

Jess Millward, a teacher at Kingfisher Academy reflected on her class’s cyberbullying session:

The cyber-bullying session with our year 6 class was outstanding. Not only were the children equipped with the vital knowledge about cyber-bullying, they were also given crucial information on how to stay safe; A must in our modern day society. The children really enjoyed the highly interesting session.”

Wayne Chadfield, Respect Burton Programme Coordinator stated;

“It is great to help the young people by raising awareness of the dangers that face the 21st century child. Topics such as stranger danger, which I was taught at school, no longer stays on the streets but is now online. We do not scare the children, but we do make them think about what they do online”

The programme would encourage all parents to work closely with their children, of all ages, on their use of the internet by visiting the or and monitoring what sites their children visit. It is a good idea to create a shared e-mail address for your children when signing up to websites, and monitor their actions.

If you would like any further information please contact Wayne Chadfield via e-mail on

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Brewers Players Inspire Young Footballers


BREWERS players Sam Austin and Marcus Harness have dropped in on the next crop of aspiring young footballers to give them an insight into life with the first team.


Sam and Marcus are both products of Burton Albion Academy who have gone onto to make their first team debuts for Burton Albion.


Sam and Marcus completed the League Football Education programme which was delivered by Burton and South Derbyshire College.  Now they have gone back to class to give the youngsters looking to follow in their footsteps some important tips.


The players explained how a typical week of training was under manager Nigel Clough and how their skills had progressed.


Working hard and staying focussed on your goals was important to both young players as they have made progress at the club and earned their professional contracts.


After a question and answer session the two players took time out to test their soccer skills against the next batch of young hopefuls.


Marcus and Sam showed off their abilities in keeping up the football and being able to plant a shot right on the crossbar before inviting challengers to better their efforts.


PIC: SAM (left) and MARCUS.

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Former Brewers Legend to Coach Future Stars

FORMER Brewers player Aaron Webster is to take up a new role with the club helping to coach the next generation of Albion stars.

Aaron’s long service at the club saw the Brewers rise from the Northern Premier League to the Football League and he played a major part in that success story.

Now he’s going to guide Albion’s current crop of young talents as the elite team manager of the Football and Education programme, organised for school leavers by Burton Albion Community Trust.

Open trials for the programme are about to start and Aaron is excited about the prospect of bringing his knowledge of Burton Albion and coaching skills to the young players.

He says: “I’m delighted to be taking up this new role. I think everyone knows my affinity with the club, how long I played for the team and how many people I know in the area. To get a job like this is really good news and is the start of a career in coaching for me.

“I played so many games for the club and want to pass on the knowledge I have gathered over the years and help others strive and fulfil their ambitions in football. It’s great for me to think I can pass something on to these young lads. If I see some of these lads make it that will be something I will be very proud of.

“I was released from Coventry at 16 and thought that was it but I had an opportunity to come to Burton Albion. There was no education side of the youth set up then just football but now we link with the college and look at both sides, so the lads learn about football and get a good education. They are getting pushed in the right direction for football and other routes in life.”

The open trials are supported by the PFA Union Learning Fund Achievement Through Sport programme and run in conjunction with Burton and South Derbyshire College.

The first open trial is on Thursday, February 18, from 10am to 2pm at Robert Sutton School. The second is at the same venue on Tuesday, April 5, from 10am to 2pm.

To book your place you need to complete the survey at

Call 01283 565938 or go to for more information.

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#FOOTBALLTOAMSTERDAM 5-a-side Football Tournament

A Team of volunteers who will be cycling 145 miles from Barnsley FC to the Amsterdam Arena the home of Ajax FC, representing Burton Albion FC in June are swapping there bike saddles for football boots to raise cash for Prostate Cancer UK.


Local businesses, football clubs and groups of friends are being invited to take part in a charity 5-a-side football tournament on Tuesday 29th March at the home of football St Georges Park. The event will kick off at 6pm on the indoor futsal pitch, teams are invited to enter a maximum squad of 10 with entry fees set at £150 per team.


The wining team will not only have the satisfaction of raising funds to help fight prostate cancer but they will receive there winning trophy on the pitch at a Burton Albion FC home fixture.


Prostate Cancer UK – the official charity partner of the Football League – aims to reach millions of football supporters through engagement activity across football grounds to raise awareness of the disease which now affects 1 in 8 men in the UK – that’s a death rate of 10,000 deaths a year. As well as raising awareness of the disease, the official partnership will help to raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality life.


To enter a team please download a booking form or contact John Widdowson on 01283 565938 or by email


Alternatively people can donate by text send “BACT50 £5” or any other amount, to 70070 or donate through justgiving

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Nigel Clough unveils new £236,000 3G pitch in Burton to boost grassroots sport

Nigel Clough, Manager of Burton Albion FC, and the club’s Chairman, Ben Robinson, were in Burton-on-Trent recently (Tuesday 2 February 2016), to officially open Anglesey Primary Academy’s new £236,093 third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP). The project was made possible thanks to a £140,593 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The new facilities will be used by pupils and the wider community. The school has links with Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT), who will use the facility during evenings and weekends to deliver its community programme. The new pitch will also be used by local Charter Standard clubs Branston FC and Anglesey Swifts for training and Mini-Soccer fixtures. Prior to this funding, there was a shortage of AGPs within the East Staffordshire area, meaning the pitch at Anglesey is a much needed facility for all.

The development of the site provides further opportunities for pupils, staff and the local community to participate in football. The development also supports the delivery of the Staffordshire FA County Strategy, providing a base for delivering projects and programmes to help increase the number of teams, coaches and volunteers within Burton-on-Trent, supporting the delivery of the FA Youth Review for younger players.

The school worked in partnership with the Staffordshire County FA to secure a £140,593 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Staffordshire County Council also contributed £85,000 to the project while the school paid £10,500.

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 14,000 grants worth more than £546m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £779m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 186 grants worth £15.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £30.2m across the whole of Staffordshire.

Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

Ben Robinson, Chairman, Burton Albion FC, said: “It was a great pleasure to see the opening of this fantastic new facility which will be an asset to the community. Burton Albion and BACT are committed to making an impact in the community and I’m sure the BACT staff will help make this new facility a great success with their programmes alongside the school.

“Thanks must go to the Football Foundation for their support and commitment to improving facilities like this through the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.”

Charlotte Hopkins, Head Teacher, Anglesey Primary Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how this facility has transformed our lunchtimes, after school clubs and PE lessons.

“The weather does not stop PE lessons here anymore, ensuring that the children are getting healthier and increasing their skills. We have already seen an increase in the number of children from all different backgrounds taking part in the football lessons we provide.

“We would like to thank Nigel Clough and Ben Robinson for officially opening the facility. Ben grew up in this area – he is a great role model for our children as they can see what he has achieved. We are also very grateful to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and Staffordshire County Council for their extremely generous contribution and support throughout this whole process.” 

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Anglesey Primary Academy to install a new 3G AGP. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.

“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports. 

“I must also thank Nigel Clough and Ben Robinson for opening the facility. I look forward to seeing Burton Albion Community Trust and Anglesey Primary using the new pitch for matches and training sessions.”

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Healthy Families programme helping schools make change4life

IN early January seven schools from across East Staffordshire signed up to be part of a unique Healthy Families programme with the aim of encouraging children and their parents to live healthy and make positive changes 4 life.


Eton Park Junior School, Anglesey Primary Academy, Winshill Village Primary and Nursery School, Riverview Primary and Nursery School, Edgehill Junior School, Dove First School in Rocester and Picknalls First School in Uttoxeter have all been part of the first 6 week block of Healthy Families sessions. The sessions which were funded by Staffordshire County Council are delivered weekly in each venue in partnership by Burton Albion Community Trust and Citizens Advice East Staffordshire.


The sessions last for an hour and a half and are run usually over a 6 week period between holidays. The healthy families sessions are delivered FREE of charge, with the first 40 minutes of the session physical activity based where children and parents take part in multisport and physical activity before discussing topics such as how to eat a healthy balanced diet and money management. These will be in the form of fun interactive classroom sessions with staff from Citizens Advice East Staffordshire.


All seven schools have played a lead role and been champions of the programme, engaging and encouraging the parents in their school to be involved and make active healthy lifestyle and wellbeing changes. So far there have been 65 families through the opening 3 weeks of the programme. At the end of each block, the families are invited to a celebration event at Burton Albion Football Club where they get the opportunity to meet some of the players and the club mascot Billy Brewer, they take part in a variety of activities and sample a meal prepared and cooked by Burton Albion FC’s head chef.


Dawn Green Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice East Staffordshire said “I am delighted with the level of engagement for this unique offer for families. Together with Burton Albion Community Trust we are able to encourage a rounded approach to healthy living on a budget”. The opportunity to work with the whole family is key here. Talking about money and health as a family is not done enough in the UK but it is vital in ensuring young people develop positive relationships to money and their health.”


John Widdowson Health and Inclusion Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust said “the strength of this programme has been the partnership working, Citizens Advice East Staffordshire offer something very positive and unique which compliments the physical activity tasks for the families.”


“It’s really pleasing to see the parent and child engagement in the schools which is down to the schools and their support and belief in the positive outcomes this programme can have on the families and the school community.”


Anyone wanting to discuss the program in more detail should contact Aaron Gordon, Health and Inclusion Coordinator, Burton Albion Community Trust 01283 565938

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Players help pupils with reading skills

BURTON Albion footballers have dropped into a Burton primary school to check out the youngsters’ reading skills.


First teamers Nasser El Khayati and Anthony O’Connor paid a visit to Horninglow Primary School to meet staff and pupils.


The youngsters chose a favourite book to read to the players and also asked them questions about playing for Burton Albion. The players then signed the pupils’ reading books and posed for pictures.


Nasser, on his last community visit before departing for QPR, said: “It was a pleasure to hear the children read. We know how important literacy skills are, whatever career you go into, and we were very impressed with the pupils’ reading.”


Mrs Gower from Horninglow Primary School, said: “It was very exciting for the pupils to meet the Burton Albion players and it gave them a chance to demonstrate their reading skills, which are very important for all children.”

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Junior Club Day 2016

Burton Albion’s popular Junior Club Day will take place on Saturday, March 12.

Always one of the highlights of the season for young Brewers supporters, the home fixture against Fleetwood has been selected for this season’s special day for junior football clubs.

Each year, Burton Albion Community Trust designates what is normally the away terrace exclusively for fans taking up the Junior Club Day offer.

Not only is there a special ticket deal available but junior clubs have the chance to do a lap of honour, meet the players after the game and the club which sells the most tickets will have the honour of being flag bearers.

There will also be a draw of all the teams present with one (up to 16 players) having the chance to take penalties on the pitch at half time.

Head of community Andy Taylor said: “The Junior Club Day creates a special atmosphere at the Pirelli Stadium and we know from the feedback we receive that all the clubs enjoy their matchday experience.

“This year we are hoping more clubs than ever will join us, especially with Burton Albion doing so well in League One.”
Admission prices are just £3 for juniors, £15 for adults and £13 concessions. There must be at least one adult for every seven juniors.

Booking forms are available by emailing, calling 01283 565938 and can be downloaded at Forms need to be returned by February 20.