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FOOTBALL and Education manager Aaron Webster was full of praise, for what he described as a ‘successful evening’ at yesterday’s Football and Education induction at the Pirelli Stadium.

Staff from Burton Albion Community Trusts’ (BACT) Football and Education programme hosted the event at the Pirelli Stadium, as the latest recruits joined up ahead of this year’s course. Thirty plus youngsters, who have just finished their final year at school, got the chance to ask questions, finalise paper work and meet their new coaches, as they are set to start their Burton Albion journey.

The course, that is ran in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College, will combine education with playing football against other clubs from around the country. The hopeful youngsters had already completed a trial period with coaches from BACT and having been successful candidates, find themselves ready to start the two year course. The night also saw a launch of the Burton Albion Female Football Academy, with a healthy number of new students attending the evening.

Aaron Webster, Football and Education First Team manager, said: “We are really happy with the turn out. When you run evenings like this, you always hope that everyone has been impressed with what they’ve experienced so far, to then turn up for their induction. We would like to thank everyone that came tonight as it’s exactly what we hoped for. We’re delighted with the response and were classing it as a successful evening.

“Our Football and Education Sports Therapist Hannah (Strong), did a fantastic job of talking to students and their parents about what the course entails, and it was great to meet so many parents and excited youngsters who we’ve chosen to join us. It’s now our job to raise aspirations and to help to develop better players, whilst also giving them advice and opportunities to improve themselves for experiences outside of football in the future.”