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Trust aim to secure funding for new artificial football pitch

Burton Albion Community Trust is aiming to secure funding to build an artificial pitch complete with changing rooms at the Pirelli Stadium.

The project has already received a massive boost having secured nearly £850,000 from the Premier League & the Football Association Facilities Fund

The site was earmarked for use by the Brewers as a training pitch when the stadium was built in 2005, but the first team squad currently uses the facilities at St George’s Park instead.

Now, Burton Albion Community Trust, the football club’s charity off-shoot, has submitted plans to East Staffordshire Borough Council to create a much-needed new facility for the town of Burton. A decision is expected in the New Year.

The trust’s head of community, Andy Taylor, said: “We have been working for more than 12 months with the Staffordshire County Football Association and the Football Foundation, as well as local partners, to submit planning and funding applications to develop a 3G artificial grass pitch and a support building with changing rooms and a club room for the benefit of the community based at the Pirelli Stadium.

“The chairman of Burton Albion, Ben Robinson, has enabled us to move ahead with plans for this land to help fulfil a huge community need.

“We have now secured £843,510 of the funding from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund which is delivered by the Football Foundation.”

This grant will provide around 85 per cent of the cash needed, with the trust working on local match funding to reach the £1 million target. It currently still needs to raise another £100,000.

Mr Taylor said: “Now we have secured the bulk of the funding we believe we have the momentum to reach the target and are looking for partners and funding sources to bridge the gap.”

The club is now working with local partners and already have commitments from Trent and Dove, the Consolidated Charity of Burton and the Local Neighbourhood Development Fund.

“The football club and the chairman’s focus has always been on the community and this funding would not be possible without Burton Albion and the community trust,” added Mr Taylor.

“It’s far greater than Burton Albion Community Trust and the football club; it’s about supporting the development of football, sport and community engagement in the Burton area. We can only see positives from this scheme.”

Burton Albion Community Trust chairman John Jackson said it was important to take advantage of available funding to bring this new sports facility to Burton. He said: “It is essential as there is a shortfall of such facilities in the area and it will fill a great need and enable the trust to expand its operations to cope with more people, offering them increased chance of engaging in sporting activities and creating a happier and healthier community. Such is the need that we estimate that it will be fully occupied almost from the moment it opens.

“It will be a great additional facility for East Staffordshire.”

It is funded by the Premier League, the FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League. The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation. The foundation’s chief executive Paul Thorogood said: “Congratulations should go to Burton Albion and the trust for working with the Staffordshire County FA to secure this grant.”

If approved, the facility could be set to open in August 2016.

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BACT Community Hub to host over 50’s fitness sessions

Are you over 50? Do you want to get fit? Feel more confident on your feet?

Burton Albion Community Trust is offering anyone over the age of 50 the opportunity to come and take part in our weekly fitness sessions delivered by BACT staff.

Our friendly staff will guide participants each week through a series of exercises and movements which will promote those attending to maintain and develop a healthy active lifestyle.

All ability levels and genders are welcome to attend the sessions which will take place between 10.30am and 11.30am every Tuesday from the 23rd February 2016, all you need is a drink and comfortable clothing.

Based at the Community Hub in Grange Street, DE14 2ER the site has plenty of FREE parking, access ramps and facilities to support all abilities, at the end of the session there will be a chance for participants to have a chat over tea or coffee before heading off.

John Widdowson Health and Inclusion Manager said “These new sessions are a great way to keep fit, lean new skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time”.

For more information visit our website at or call BACT on 01283 565938.

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BACT partner up with Just Play to offer Over 50’s Walking Football

Are you over 50? Do you want to get back to or continue playing the beautiful game?

Burton Albion Community Trust is offering anyone over the age of 50 the opportunity to come and take part in our weekly walking football sessions delivered by BACT staff.

Burton Albion Community Trust have joined forces with The FA Just Play to produce a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at anyone aged over 50 which is designed to help people maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.

John Widdowson Health and Inclusion Manager said “These new football sessions are a great way to keep fit, re-discover skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time”.

There are two sessions to choose from delivered by qualified, friendly staff,

Sessions will be every Tuesday

2pm-3pm                    @Meadwoside Leisure Centre, Burton on Trent,      £4 per session

Meet in the café

2.30pm- 3.30pm         @Uttoxeter Leisure Centre, Uttoxeter                       £2.50 per session

Meet in the Café


For more information visit our website at or call BACT on 01283 565938.

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Stretton Eagles Take Pride of Place at the Pirelli

YOUNG footballers from Stretton Eagles took pride of place at the Pirelli Stadium for the recent home game against Shrewsbury.

The junior football club signed up for a Matchday Experience with the Brewers – which includes providing the flagbearers and being pictured on the pitch.

The youngsters also got to meet Billy Brewer and Albion midfielder Robbie Weir.

Afterwards they voted their big day out as a winner – even if the result went against the Brewers on the day

Steve Smith, Stretton Eagles community development coordinator, said: “Thank you for organising a fantastic enjoyable day for the Eagles. A real shame about the result, but nonetheless a great family day.”

There will be even more young footballers at the Fleetwood game on March 12, when it’s Burton Albion’s annual Junior Club Day.

Each year, the club 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.



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.

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Reading Stars at Abbot Beyne School

PUPILS from Abbot Beyne School visited Burton Albion to celebrate their top of the league reading skills.

The youngsters from the Winshill secondary school were successful in the Premier League Reading Stars scheme – which encourages pupils to develop a passion for literacy.

They all received a certificate, personally signed by Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough, and celebrated their achievements with a presentation picture on the pitch at half-time during the League One game against Shrewsbury.

The reading stars programme aims to narrow the gap between those reading at the required level for their age and those under-achieving. It has proven particularly successful in transforming boys’ attitudes to literacy and in engaging youngsters with a passion for football with a love for reading.

Bev Herbstritt, school librarian at Abbot Beyne, said: “The programme has been a great success in motivating our pupils and they were delighted to receive their certificates at Burton Albion FC on a match day.”

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Professional Football Clubs come together to reach out to more young people

SIX professional Football Clubs from across the Midlands have joined forces to develop a football based programme to ‘Reach Out’ to inactive young people across the Midlands communities.

The community programmes at Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion from the Premier League , along with the Football League’s Burton Albion, Coventry City, Walsall and Wolverhampton Wanderers have received funding from Sport England’s Innovation fund.

The community programmes will work alongside their local County Sports Partnership to ‘reach out’ to a minimum of 35 young people deemed hard to reach and currently not engaged into regularly Physical activity. This will be delivered in 3 blocks of eight week programmes in the local community’s.

The successful application submitted by Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire County Sports Partnership has been awarded £34k from Sport England. The project aims to use the expertise, experience and brand of the local professional football clubs work in the communities to get more young people playing regular sport.

This unique approach will be the first time this group of clubs from both tiers of the English game have come together in formal capacity to develop a joined up project with local sports development partners. The community programmes who are all registered Charitable Trusts, will also deliver a young leaders programme for identified young people who wish to pursue a career in sport development and coaching. This will take place at St Georges Park and include delivery from some of the best coaches and sports educators from across the region to assist in their future involvement as Community volunteers and hopefully paid staff.

To ensure the partnership approach Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham County Sport Partnerships will aim to support the projects by engaging local networks to sustain the provision and add value through existing as well as future funding streams.

Project Manager Jamie Bunch, from JB Sports Consultancy said “Having been involved in local football development for many years, it’s fantastic we have the Clubs and the local Sports Partnerships working together to deliver a project that provides innovative approaches to engage young people in sport from their local community.

I have no doubt having observed the programmes in action and with the active involvement of the Sports Partnerships, we can build a platform to sustain successful programmes in the respective communities and utilise the strength of the group through joined up expertise and resources.

To find out more information on the Burton Albion Community Trust Reach Out sessions please contact Dan brooks by email danbact@burtonalbionfc.couk or by phone 07946538809.