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A FREE football therapy session which uses football to help individuals suffering from Mental Health, is currently being delivered by staff of Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) through the help of funding from The Big Lottery Fund.

‘Head For Goal’ aims to build confidence and social skills of its’ participants, with the help of guidance towards living an active lifestyle, through the power of sport.

Since April 2018, 18 sessions have taken place every Tuesday between 2-4pm at The Burton Albion Community Football Centre, providing 300 hours of engagement. Individuals aged from 16 plus,  who currently suffer from Anxiety, Stress or Depression are also given the opportunity to access support with employability skills and career advice.

Further Education Training and ASDAN qualifications can be achieved, along with IT guidance to build CV’s, develop computer knowledge or assist with applications for job opportunities. The main aim is to enhance interview techniques to ensure participants have a greater opportunity of success for the future.

There are also Free, ‘female only’ sessions are also provided on a Thursday between 1pm-2.30pm at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre, through the ‘Evolve U’ project.

Participants are given the opportunity to increase confidence, engagement and socialising skills through Group Walking and Health related activities. Other ‘get active’ workshops are available with developing employability skills or career and education support.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.  It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes 5 Section nine: Publicity (v5.0 – 12 December 2016).  Since June 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. The project £10.5 million of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit:

Both group and one to one sessions can be provided across various venues, including The Burton Library and The BACT Hub (Casey Lane, Shobnall). For further information or to book an appointments or session, please contact 07753 455673 or email