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BACT SET TO RECRUIT FOR 2020 TRIP TO GHANA

BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) are delighted to announce that ahead of the up and coming trip in partnership with African Adventures, we are now also recruiting another trip to the African country next year in 2020.

African Adventures has organised trips for over 20 football league clubs and specialises in providing sports enrichment programmes for community sports trusts to volunteer in Africa. The organisation has helped community sports trusts, like BACT, to raise over £500,000 for their various causes through innovative fundraising programmes.

African Adventures works with several government schools in the coastal area of the Volta region in Ghana. Whilst these are government schools, they are severely underfunded and lack vital resources. African Adventures is working with its partner schools to improve their facilities and encourage more children to go to school from an early age.

BACT volunteers can choose between a teaching and multi-sports coaching role or construction and renovation role. If you decide to assist with teaching, you will work alongside teachers and other volunteers to help manage the demands of educating large classes of mixed students, aged between 5-16. Alongside providing teaching assistance, you may choose to participate in sports coaching too and may be tasked with supporting a teacher to deliver a PE lesson or, if comfortable and confident, will have the chance to deliver independent sports sessions.

Alternatively, as a building volunteer, you will work in a support role led by local expert builders and will continue with ongoing construction work through activities such as painting, brick-laying and plastering.

To find our more, click here. You can also attend our information evening on 25th March 2019, 7.30pm, at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre (Pirelli Stadium). To confirm your attendance or for any further information please email our Events and Partnerships Coordinator – lee.milligan@burtonalbionct.org.

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BREWERS JOIN FORCES WITH STAFFS POLICE TO HOST ANTI-KNIFE CRIME EVENT

BURTON Albion have joined forces with Staffordshire Police to host an anti-knife crime event.

As part of support for the #KnifeFree campaign, Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) run the event at the Anglesey 3G facility in Clarence Street, in-line with the weekly Kicks project where participants age from 11-18.

Local Boxer and Commonwealth Gold Medal Winner, Frazer Clarke, was in attendance at the event, as was Burton College student Jamie Watson, who have both been on the receiving end of knife attacks. The pair took their time to speak to listening youngsters about the dangers or knife-crime and how it can affect many lives.

Young Burton Albion players Ben Fox and Jack Livesey were also in attendance to show support for the campaign.

Paul Gaskin, BACT Inclusion Team Leader, said: “It was a fantastic event and we’re really grateful for all the support that we’ve had.

“The youngsters in attendance were really engaged and to hear the messages in person seemed to really hit-home for most of them.

“Unfortunately, knife-crime is something that’s on the national agenda lately and we hope that by putting on these events that it can change as many peoples mentalities as possible.”

For more information on tackling knife-crime, please click here.

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BREWERS PLAYERS SUPPORT EFL DAY OF ACTION

THE Brewers first team squad has welcomed participants and volunteers from Burton Albion Community Trust’s programmes to training at St George’s Park to celebrate the EFL’s Day of Action.

All 72 EFL Clubs will come together to highlight the work undertaken to tackle some of society’s biggest issues for the Day of the Action 2019.

Today, EFL Clubs across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two will each showcase the very best of their work to tackle a diverse range of social issues, from homelessness and mental health, to community cohesion and the battle against plastic pollution.

Up and down the country, managers and players will also be attending events to pay special visits to participants and turn their hand to some of the activities taking place.

Burton Albion Community Trust operates 48 programmes each week covering education, employability, health and inclusion and football development.

A group of participants and volunteers from those programmes was invited to watch the Brewers squad in training and to meet Nigel Clough and the players.

Matt Hancock, BACT Head of Community, said: “It’s an unbelievable experience for the participants on our programmes and those participants are Burton Albion fans as well. We are delivering 48 projects across 200 sessions every week and our association with Burton Albion Football Club is critical to the work we do in the community.”

Nigel Clough said: “This kind of work is vital, but especially for clubs like ours which are so integrated into the community. The work that Burton Albion Community Trust does in the area is magnificent.”

The EFL and its clubs invested £80m in communities in 2018.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “The EFL Day of Action brings together all 72 Clubs to highlight the special role they play in enhancing the lives of millions of people around the country.

“The scale of ground-breaking projects across our network of clubs continues to grow year-on-year and their delivery is integral to our aims of improving lives in a range of areas including inclusion, homelessness, education and health.”

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EFL DAY OF ACTION TO TACKLE SOME OF SOCIETY’S BIGGEST ISSUES

TODAY, all 72 EFL Clubs will come together to highlight the work undertaken to tackle some of society’s biggest issues for the EFL’s Day of the Action 2019.

On Tuesday 19 March, EFL Clubs across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two will each host events designed to showcase the very best of their work to tackle a diverse range of social issues, from homelessness and mental health, to community cohesion and the battle against plastic pollution. Up and down the country, managers and players from the EFL’s 72 Clubs will also be attending events to pay special visits to participants and turn their hand to some of the activities taking place throughout the day.

In the Sky Bet Championship, Aston Villa’s Albert Adomah has been distributing essential supplies to homeless people in Birmingham. The Villa star joined the Outreach Angels – a group of local volunteers – to hand out hot food, toiletries and warm clothing.

Bolton Wanderers’ will be showcasing their ‘Inside Out’ Programme which aims to reduce the risk of offending by 17-25-year-olds in the local area through positive activities such as sport and exercise.

In Sky Bet League One, the Brewers first-team will be welcoming a variety of participants from all the scopes of work that Burton Albion Community Trust delivers, to watch them train at St George’s Park.

Luton Town caretaker manager Mick Harford will be welcoming the Club’s Every Player Counts disability players to the training ground for a unique coaching session whilst Walsall players will be giving out 300 tickets and t-shirts to local school children as part of the Club’s commitment to engaging with the younger generation of fans in the area.

Cambridge United of Sky Bet League Two have been recognised nationally for improving mental health literacy in young people. The ‘Mind Your Head’ project raises awareness about mental health, tackles stigma and promotes good mental health, whilst crucially helping secondary school pupils understand and manage their own mental health, avoiding potential issues in the future

This is just small sample of some of the fantastic work due to take place during the EFL’s Day of Action by EFL Club Community Organisations – the largest network of sporting charities in the UK. The EFL and its Clubs invested £80m in communities in 2018.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “The EFL Day of Action brings together all 72 Clubs to highlight the special role they play in enhancing the lives of millions of people around the country. “The scale of ground-breaking projects across our network of Clubs continues to grow year-on-year and their delivery is integral to our aims of improving lives in a range of areas including inclusion, homelessness, education and health.”

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BUXTON AND WALLACE RAISE LAUGHS AND DONATIONS FOR RED NOSE DAY

BURTON Albion Football Club and Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) were in attendance at Burton-upon-Trent’s Sainsbury’s supermarket last Friday as part of Red Nose Day.

First-team skipper Jake Buxton and Kieran Wallace joined Bettie Brewer in supporting both Sainsbury’s and BACT staff, as they engaged with customers to try and raise funds for the appeal. The pair could be found making and handing out fruit smoothies to customers, as well as helping to bag-pack.

James Parsonage, Health and Wellbeing Team Leader, said: “We’re really grateful to Bucko and Kieran for helping to join in with the event and you could tell just how much of a difference it made.

“Having two of the players there grabbed lots of attention and people clearly loved the fact that they were there.

“We support this fantastic cause (Comic Relief) every single year and we’ve worked with Sainsbury’s in the past. So as soon as we received interest from them to run an event, then it was a no-brainer on our behalf.”

£63,548,668 has been raised so far from this year’s campaign, which support some brilliant causes. It’s not too late to donate – you can do so by clicking here.

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EFL AWARDS: ELLA DOOCEY NOMINATED FOR CEFA AWARD

ELLA Doocey from Burton Albion Community Trust’s Football & Education programme – in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College – has been nominated for the EFL’s CEFA Ladies Player of the Year!

This prestigious award nomination was revealed by the EFL today as part of their build-up to the annual EFL Awards.

Introduced ahead of the 2018/19 season, the Community Education Football Alliance league is a competition representing EFL Clubs’ Community Organisations (CCO)’s in regional leagues.

Any players registered on a post-16 education pathway with their CCO is eligible to play in the league. The competition provides playing opportunities for young people, regardless of ability, as well as the opportunity to participate in a football competition governed professionally by the EFL.

A male and a female participant will be awarded the CEFA Player of the Season on the night of the 2019 EFL Awards ceremony.

We will bring you a further in-depth interview with Ella and members of the BACT and F&E team later this week – congratulations on your nomination!

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EDDIE “THE EAGLE” EDWARDS NIGHT SUPPORTS BACT GHANA TRIP

MICHAEL Edwards, more famously known as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, visited the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday night, where he entertained guests of Burton Albion Community Trust during a charity fundraiser.

The Cheltenham-born skier, who rose to fame in 1988 when he competed in ski-jumping at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, captured the imagination of the British public in his pursuit of Olympic glory.

And Eddie visited the home of the Brewers to talk about his experiences as an Olympian, whilst sharing the stage with comedian Billy Flywheel, magician Phat Magic and host Mark O’Sullivan.

Organised by Burton Albion Community Trust, the event was set to raise funds for the upcoming volunteering trip to Ghana in April 2019.

“It has been wonderful and it is great to be here”, said Eddie.

“It was a lovely evening and a lovely crowd who were up for fun and enjoyment, and of course raising money for charity too.”

Eddie was familiar with the work that Burton Albion Community Trust will be undertaking when they travel to West Africa in April.

“I did a similar trip around 25 years ago to Kenya. We went to a school and we spent a couple of days developing, building and painting a classroom.

“I’ve done that sort of thing before and you realise just how good things are over here. They are nowhere near as bad as they can be in Africa and you really appreciate what you have got when you get back.”

Head of Community Matt Hancock was amongst those who were delighted to have Eddie the Eagle at the Pirelli Stadium.

“It’s another great turn out and, although tonight is about enjoying the evening with Eddie, Billy and Phat Magic, it is absolutely about raising money for the volunteers going out to Ghana.”

Money raised for the Ghana 2019 trip will also be used to help fund projects within the locality of Burton-on-Trent and East Staffordshire.

“The bit that is really important to me is a good proportion of the money is spent locally.

“Although the volunteers can get the experience and make a difference out in Ghana, we as Burton Albion Community Trust can also deliver projects locally to help local people.”

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ACCRINGTON GAME WILL BE JUNIOR FOOTBALL DAY – BOOK YOUR TEAM IN

BURTON Albion’s game at home to Accrington Stanley on March 23rd will be our designated Burton Junior Football League Day!

This has been a popular day in the past for young players from local teams to watch The Brewers in action at the Pirelli Stadium!

Join us as The Brewers take on Accrington in Sky Bet League One, for what promises to be another memorable occasion for all BJFL clubs.

We would like to invite all local junior teams to create a unique atmosphere by bringing their teams along to the game!

By making a group booking, clubs can purchase reduced tickets for this fixture by filling out the back page of this booking form – click here to download.

For group bookings, adult tickets cost £18.00, concessions are £16.00, young persons (17-22) are £13.00 and under-17s are just £2.00 (with a minimum of eight per booking). 

You can return the booking form above to ticketing@burtonalbionfc.co.uk or the Club Shop – or you can call 01283 565938 during normal opening hours to book!

In addition when ordering their tickets, teams are encouraged to bring their family members along to the fixture to create a real family atmosphere, with special rewards in place for the teams that sell the most tickets!

  • Club that sells the most amount of tickets = player escorts
  • Club that sells the second-most amount of tickets = flag-bearers
  • Every team that buys tickets for the BJFL day – entry into a draw for an LMA manager to visit your club!

The BJFL oversees divisions from under-7s football all the way up to youth football in the Burton area. 

Please note that there must be a minimum of eight children per booking, with at least one accompanying adult for up to 10 children attending in each group. 

Applications are subject to availability at the time of the booking. Activities are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. If weather conditions decline, then there will be no half-time activities on the Pirelli Stadium pitch. 

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LOCAL CHARITIES HELP TO ALLOW YOUNGSTERS TO GAIN LIFE SKILLS EXPERIENCE

DURING Half-Term, most school children will choose to go there local park, hang out with friends or visit local attractions, however, thanks to a very unique partnership between two local charities, a group of East Staffordshire youngsters have been given a unique experience that will help them in the future.

Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) and the Embassy of Man, joined forces earlier this season following investment in kit and equipment. The Embassy of Man charity have now provided further support, enabling a group of young people from BACT’s Holiday Inn Express Junior Disability Club, with the opportunity to visit a local hotel branch.

During their visit to the hotel the young people were fuelled up with a hearty breakfast before their busy day as the spent time working on reception, with the house keeping team and with the staff at front of house.

This unique opportunity provided the young people with the chance to get hands on learning and practising skills that can aid them later in life, also helping to develop their independence and confidence.

Lisa Beard, Community Operations Manager, said: “We’re very grateful to Embassy of Man for their continued support, as well as for giving the youngsters this opportunity to experience the importance of these partnerships.”

“We have never done this sort of activity before but it was a huge success and something we know the young people have not only enjoyed but they have some practical skills to take away and use.”

Alan Northern, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Burton Upon Trent, said: “It was a pleasure to have the kids in the hotel, and show them some aspects of hotel life that ordinary guests do not see, and to get an insight into how the hotel operates. I do hope that they took plenty away from the event, and we look forward to continuing to work with BACT  and their Junior Disability Club in the future”.

To find out more information about BACT’s Inclusive Sport provision please visit www.burtonalbioncommunitytrust.co.uk or call 01283 246207.

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BREWERS STARS ATTEND BACT MENTAL HEALTH AND EMPLOYABILITY SESSION

FIRST Team players Lucas Akins, Stephen Quinn and Kyle McFadzean 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, funded by the European Social Fund and The Big Lottery Community Fund. The aim is to build health and fitness, in addition to social skills or general confidence for individuals in the support of guiding them towards an active lifestyle through sport.

Dan Brooks, Employability Coordinator said: “To see Lucas, Stephen and Kyle not just engaging with the 20+ individuals this afternoon through football but discussing mental health, careers and general day to day struggles in life was a credit to the football club.

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

“This season, we have had 3 young individuals progress and complete a traineeship with Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT), 8 participants moving into employment and 4 currently in the process of completing distance learning. Moving forward our aim is to develop further opportunities and links with local businesses for all our participants.”

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