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Celebrations on Burton Albion’s promotion to League One continued this week with the help of seven different local schools and nurseries joining BACT, in a Black and Yellow Day celebration.

The day started with a trip to Horninglow Primary School, where BACT staff, along with Bettie Brewer, were greeted with a warm welcome as the League One Runners-Up Trophy was paraded around the playground and classrooms.

Next up, trips to Outwoods Primary School, Towerview School and Riverview School followed, which all again got an excellent response from pupils and staff, who posed for photographs and sang Burton Albion FC promotion songs!

The afternoon was also a major success, visiting pupils at Fountains Primary, Mosley School and Little Monster’s Nursery, who had all joined in the celebrations in their black and yellow non-uniform.

Andy Taylor, Head of Community, said “it was a great day celebrating the Brewers success with Black and Yellow Day Once again. This is this second year running that we’ve been fortunate enough to do this in schools, with the Brewers winning back to back promotions. We would like to thank everyone that has taken part and we hope that they all enjoyed the afternoon just as much as our staff and Bettie Brewer did”.


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CHARTERED insurance broker Franklands has celebrated an expansion into Burton by backing a community project at the Pirelli Stadium. The company has spotted a gap in the town of the availability of business insurance advice provided by a Chartered Insurance Broker and, being community-minded, wanted to announce its arrival on Centrum 100 by showing its support for Burton.

Franklands has made a £2,000 donation to Burton Albion Community Trust, which will go towards the costs of creating a new artificial pitch for community use at the home of the Brewers. Franklands chairman Paul Brown said: “We have been based in Derby for 30 years but have long thought that Burton was a place where we would like to do more business.

The Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson is well-known for running his insurance business in Burton over many years and Mandy Belcher worked with him for a long period of time, so when we established a base in the town, Mandy was the right person to lead that office for us. “We are the only Chartered Insurance Broker in Burton and one of the Top 100 in the UK.

We are also founder members of Brokerbility a grouping of 38 of the largest independent brokers across the country which enables us to negotiate wide policy wordings and competitive pricing. “We wanted to mark our arrival in the town and, after contacting Ben Robinson, we thought a contribution to the Burton Albion Community Trust would be appropriate. Learning what the trust gets involved with and understanding how far reaching into the community it is, it’s great to be involved in some small way.” David Harrison, managing director, added: “We are very much a community broker and we always have a designated annual charity. The far reaching work of the trust represents an ideal charity for us to support in Burton.”

Burton Albion Community Trust chairman John Jackson said: “We are delighted to welcome Franklands to Burton and thank them for backing our plans to create a much-needed community facility for Burton. We look forward to having a long and successful partnership with the company.”

Go to or call Mandy on 01283 318040.

Pictured left to right are Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson; Mandy Belcher, Franklands account executive; David Harrison, Franklands  managing director; Paul Brown, Franklands chairman; Andy Taylor, Head of Community at BACT and John Jackson, BACT chairman.

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BACT Support National Children’s Day

Today Burton Albion Community Trust and The Football League Trust (The FLT) are supporting National Children’s Day. National Children’s Day highlights the importance of a healthy childhood to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults. Delivering The Kinder +Sport Move and Learn project in East Staffordshire does exactly that!

During 2015/16 The Kinder +Sport Move and Learn Project, a national school based education programme, will have had over 47,000 children ‘moving’ and ‘learning’ across the country. Burton Albion Community Trust will have engaged with 900 young people in 29 schools across East Staffordshire through the project.

Now into its second year, the project is aimed at children aged 9-10 and is delivered by 13 other Football Community Trusts combining six weeks of practical sporting sessions with classroom sessions.

The emphasis of the project is the importance of a healthy lifestyle for children; encouraging physical activity, promoting nutritional education and building the awareness of healthy diet and active lifestyle.

Thanks to the support from Ferrero The Kinder +Sport Move and Learn Project is building year on year with an 18% increase in children ‘moving’ on last year.

Aiden Couch, Project Manager at The FLT, ‘We are delighted to support National Children’s Day. The Kinder +Sport Move and Learn Project is just one of many projects that The FLT deliver to help children get active, and break the cycle of inactivity many of them fall into. In 2015/16 The Kinder +Sport Move and Learn Project will engage with over 47,000 children, and this is only set to increase.’

Using the power of football the project is supported by a number of Burton Albion Football Club players. Acting as role models to the children, players speak about their lifestyle as a professional footballer and the importance of an active lifestyle.

Burton Albion Football Club Captain John Mousinho said “It’s really positive to be involved with the great work Burton Albion Community Trust do across East Staffordshire, working in schools to engage and educate kids to get moving as part of this programme.”

To find out more information about the Move and Learn programme please contact Ollie Crooks.

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Female Football and Education Recruitment

BACT are currently recruiting female players aged 16-18 to join next seasons’ further Education eleven a-side football programme.

This is a great opportunity to stay in full time education, train and play like professional athletes. Dedicated UEFA A & B FA licensed coaches supported by highly skilled fitness and medical backroom staff will coach and run the programme, offering a professional insight to the life of a footballer.

Burton Albion Community Trust have built strong partnerships within Education and football development through the variety of programmes it delivers across Burton and the surrounding areas.

Throughout the course staff will Engage, Inspire and Educate students, to set high standards for themselves so that they can exceed their own expectations.

The programme includes six hours of practice per week with a competitive fixture every week. Players will also have the opportunity to gain experience and industry recognized qualifications which could result into employment within sport, American college scholarships or gain a contract with a Women’s Super League team. The programme will include a residential tour to main land Europe, team building away days and work experience.

 We currently have exciting plans to create a 3G astro turf facility just a stones-throw away from the Pirelli Stadium which will be used as the base for the girls football and education programme.

Take this opportunity to be part of the Burton Albion story and play your part in the next winning team…

For the details and information please email,

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Volunteer cyclists hit the road to raise awareness of charity cycle ride

Burton Albion FC mascot Billy Brewer will join a team of volunteer cyclists to travel 25 miles across Burton and South Derbyshire on Friday 6th May to raise awareness and support of there 145 charity cycle from Barnsley FC to the home of Ajax FC in Amsterdam this June.

They will visit 9 venues in one day starting in Ashby at 8am and aiming to be back the Pirelli Stadium for 1.30pm to join the Stretton pre school to complete there cycle around the pitch event which takes place tomorrow. A full list of venues and timings can be seen below, you can stay up to date throughout there challenge by following @BurtonAlbionCT on twitter or liking Burton Albion Community Trust on facebook.

The team which is made up of Burton Albion Community Trust’s head of community Andy Taylor; community manager Matthew Hancock and health and inclusion manager John Widdowson will be joined by the business operations manager from Burton Co-operative Trust Deb Bacon and Hollie Benton, who is the family and education practitioner from the East Staffordshire’s Children Centre.

Billy Brewer will not be the only guest joining the team tomorrow as Gordon Sefton of the Pingle School will be joining the team as they travel across the borders of Burton and South Derbyshire.

Volunteer cyclist Andy Taylor said “were all really excited to be representing Burton Albion FC this June as part of the #FootballtoAmsterdam ride, but more importantly hope to raise a considerable amount of money which can impact on men’s helath programmes locally and nationally.”

All the riders would like to thank in advance Cycling 2000 for their support on the day and also all the partners / organisations and schools who are accommodating them on the day.

Anyone wanting to donate to the team can do so by clicking the following link to donate to the team

Time Description
8.00am (Leg 1) depart Ashby MacDonald’s destination Ashfield Health Care
8.15am Arrive at Ashfield Healthcare
8.35am (Leg2) depart Ashfield destination Pingle School
9.10am Arrive Pingle School
9.30am (Leg 3) depart Pinlge School destination Horninglow School
10.05am Arrive Horninglow School
10.25am (Leg 4) depart Horninglow School destination Burton Queens Hospital
10.35am Arrive Queens Hospital
10.55am (Leg 5) Depart Queens Hospital destination Richard Wakefield
11.20am Arrive Richard Wakefield
11.40am (Leg 6) Depart Richard Wakefield Destination John of Rolleston
12noon Arrive John of Rolleston
12.20noon (Leg 7) Depart JOR destination William Shrewsbury
12.40pm Arrive William Shrewsbury
12.50pm (Leg 8 Depart William Shrewsbury destination Fountains
13.00pm Arrive Fountains
13.20pm (Leg 9) depart Fountains destination Pirelli Stadium
13.30pm Arrive Pirelli Stadium
13.30pm Stretton Pre School Cycle Ride
2pm Depart Pirelli Stadium


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Brewers Looking for National Cup Glory against Liverpool

The Burton Albion Community Trust Boys Football and Education team are hoping to win national honours tomorrow evening when they travel to Liverpool to play in the national U19s football development Cup Final against Liverpool Foundation.

The game will take place at Liverpool’s multi-million-pound training complex kicking off at 7.30pm under floodlights. The game sees the top two teams in the league battling it out for cup honours to cap off what has already been another successful season for the young Brewers. It’s likely they will finish 2nd behind Liverpool in the league and have also reached a semi-final in another cup competition.

Boys Manager Ollie Crooks is hoping for the team to go one better than last season where the team had success winning the Staffordshire Youth Cup Final and the Boys are looking forward to the occasion.

“It’s a massive opportunity for the lads to showcase their skills on the same playing surface that some of the best players in country have played on, the pitch will be in great condition as it’s an exact replica of the Anfield and its always enjoyable to play under floodlights”

“Last season was fantastic and the boys have shown real character and desire to go one better reaching the national final this year, win or lose were all proud of their efforts but to win the national competition would highlight the success of the programme.” Ollie Crooks said.

Burton Albion Football Education Programme is now in to its 11th year, the scheme was originally set up as the main youth team for players to progress in to the first team. Since the Academy formed when the football club got promoted to the football league the scheme as become part of Burton Albion Community Trust.

Along with team success over recent years the programme has provided a pathway and stepping stone for players such as John Brayford who now plays for Sheffield United who progressed through the scheme in to the first team under Nigel Clough. When Nigel took over at Derby County he signed John to join him at pride park. Another Success story is Ashley Hunter now of Fleetwood Town who after leaving the football club joined local non-league side Ilkeston Town where he was then spotted by Fleetwood and signed towards the end of last season. More recently Cameron Steele signed for Burton Albion’s Academy U18’s youth team after impressing consistently during training and matches.

If you are a school leaver and are interested in becoming part of the scheme which also allows the Boys to study a BTEC Diploma in Sport with Burton and South Derbyshire College, please contact Aaron Savva on or by phone 01283 565938

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Community Trust to host activity day on final day of the season

Burton families looking for something to do this Sunday (8 May) are welcome to join in the fun at a popular  community facility.

A host of free activities will be taking place Sunday between 11am and 4pm thanks to the team at the Burton  Albion Community Trust.

Both the Burton Albion Community Hub in Shobnall, and the unity park site at Princess Street, will be open to all.

From sporting activities including badminton and tennis to inflatable fun and a street dancing performance,  families are encouraged to get involved.

The Hub is run by the Burton Albion Community Trust – a team of people dedicated to promoting positive



nd since its development 12 months ago the charity has gone from strength to strength.

Outreach projects, sessions at schools and targeted activities are all run by the Hub and attracting hundreds of people every week.

Matt Hancock, Community Manager at the Trust, said: “There will be a range of activities that children and young people can get involved in this Sunday.

“We are offering positive, diversionary activities to get people more involved in their local communities.

“And it’s not only children and young people we want to engage with, we want to see their parents and families getting involved too. Everyone is welcome.”

The Trust works in close partnership with Staffordshire Police to provide support and positive activities for young people – diverting them away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, local policing commander, said: “I am fully supportive of the Trust’s work in the local community.

“This is a fantastic resource for families and I’d encourage everyone to get involved.

“Sunday’s timetable of activities is a prime example of the great work the Trust does to positively promote our diverse communities.”

To find out more visit or call 01283 565938

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BACT have recently received the award for the Midlands Community Club of the Year, after being rewarded for their hard work within the local Burton community and surrounding areas. After winning the award, this then shortlisted the Trust for the national Community Club of the Year award, along with five other community schemes. Unfortunately for the Brewers, they did miss out on the national award, which took place in Manchester at the 2016 Football League Awards, however, this has still been a huge accolade for the Trust and its hard work.

The Trust came up against a number of Championship clubs for the national award, against the likes of Rotherham United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City, with Charlton eventually running out as national winners.

Andy Taylor, head of community at BACT, said: “This is a great achievement for the football club, the community trust and all of the staff involved.

“It’s great for BACT to be recognised for the fantastic work we deliver within the community all of which would not be possible without the support of funders, sponsors and programme partners.

“We hope all of our partners and everybody in East Staffordshire and the surrounding areas are proud to be working with us.

“For us to achieve this award after only being established for five and a half years highlights even more the unique nature of Burton Albion Football Club.”

“Despite not winning the national award, we are still over the moon with winning the regional award and it was great to be at such a prestigious awards evening. It just goes to show what a great family, football club we are and we hope to continue our progression in the close future and beyond”.

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OUR Community Hub facility has came under huge praise this week, following an article that was published on the Staffordshire Police website. The below piece is an article that was published, explaining the importance of the facility and what it does for the local community.

“A community facility in the heart of Burton is proving ever more popular with people from all walks of life.

“The Burton Albion Community Hub, based at Grange Community Centre in Shobnall, is run by the Burton Albion Community Trust – a team of people dedicated to promoting positive relationships among diverse local communities.

“Through a partnership with Staffordshire County Council the charity took over the running of the old youth centre in April 2015 and works closely with Staffordshire Police and partner agencies to interact with, and strengthen, communities.

“Young and old from all backgrounds are using the centre’s facilities every day of the week, and with over 50 hours of activities available there is something for everyone.

“Amongst the programmes on offer at the centre are sports groups; parents and toddlers; adult and youth disability groups; over 50s; alternative education; an employability programme and much more.

“And equally important is the Trust’s outreach work – dubbed Albion 2 Engage – where staff work directly in Burton neighbourhoods to involve youngsters in positive activities.

“A weekly youth club, run in Queen Street, Anglesey, is regularly attracting over 100 children and a female-only youth club is also proving popular.

“Trust staff are providing 250 sessions a week in schools across East Staffordshire, providing youngsters with quick and easy access to advice and support on anything from issues at home to drugs and alcohol misuse.

“In addition to its regular activities the Trust has the flexibility to offer sessions as and when required, to help meet the needs of a community.

“For example if local police officers identify a potential anti-social behaviour hot spot, Trust staff can approach those involved and offer positive, diversionary tactics.

“Matt Hancock, Community Manager at the Trust, said being at the heart of the community was proving invaluable.

“We are engaging with lots of different people and as a result are finding that they are much more positive, and understanding, of each other’s cultures and religions.

“At the beginning we had to do a lot of work with our own staff to understand our communities, and that work is really paying off.

“If we come across a language barrier we find the power of sport, especially football, brings people together. So something as simple as a football match can bring people closer.

“In addition to our ongoing engagement work we are also pushing forward with providing education to improve young people’s aspirations. For example by offering young people from ethnic minorities the chance to become involved in football coaching, they can see the positive difference they can make to society.

“Our ultimate aim is to continue to try and make a difference to young people, their families, and ultimately their lives.

“Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, local policing commander, said: “I am full of praise for the work that is done by the Trust and they are one of our key partners here in Burton and surrounding areas.

“Together we can positively respond to the needs of the community and make sure that the right resources are where they are needed.

“Young people are often lacking role models, and the Trust helps to provide that in a positive way.

“This is partnership working at its best and plays a part in preventing crime.

“Overall Burton has a really positive, diverse and interlinked community and this partnership is a great example of that.”

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