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BACT to step up men’s health campaign against Gillingham

BACT are stepping up its men’s health campaign as the Brewers play their final home game of the season.

On Saturday, April 30, Nigel Clough’s promotion-chasing side face Gillingham and fans visiting the stadium for the big match can join in the latest men’s health initiative.

Trust staff will be gearing up for their Football To Amsterdam cycling challenge this summer with a match-day collection in aid of men’s health initiatives.

And the trust will be encouraging cyclists to check their own bikes ready for the summer so they can use pedal power to get active.

Fans can get a free bike MOT behind the West Stand at the cycle stands.

Cycling 2000 will have a trained mechanic on site at the Pirelli Stadium from 1.30pm, thanks to the support of East Staffordshire Police and Burton Albion Community Trust.

The free MOT will consist of a brief safety check to make sure the cycle is roadworthy and safe to use. If there is a problem, the cycle in question will either be referred to the shop or, if a very quick fix is available, this will be completed free of charge. Anyone wanting to take up the opportunity should bring their bicycle and a secure lock.

David Green, owner of Cycle 2000, said: “We’re passionate about cycles and we know how passionate Burton Albion’s fans are and were really excited to offer them the free MOT service.”

Head of Community Andy Taylor, Community Manager Matt Hancock and Health and Inclusion Manager John Widdowson will be taking part in the Football to Amsterdam bike ride on June 3-5 – which starts in Barnsley and ends in Holland, all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

John said: “We have done a number of men’s health initiatives this season, including free prostate cancer screenings, and the bike MOTs tie in with our charity ride to Amsterdam.

“All cycles can be dropped off before kick-off and fans will be able to collect them from the same spot after the game, hopefully having been given the all clear. Any bike that needs further attention can be taken to Cycle 2000 on Dallow Street.”

Anyone who would like more information can email

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BURTON Albion’s first team players have joined forces with Queen’s Hospital to raise awareness of health dangers.

The football club has already successfully linked up with the hospital to arrange free screenings at the Pirelli Stadium for prostate cancer.  The programme was fully booked and was voted a major success in raising awareness amongst the danger group.

Now the club and hospital staff are highlighting issues surrounding high blood pressure and testicular cancer.

Brewers manager Nigel Clough volunteered to have his blood pressure monitored while several of the first team players had checks for testicular cancer.

The Albion boss said: “We are delighted that Burton Albion can help our local hospital raise awareness of health issues. We know how important it is not only for the players and staff here at the Pirelli Stadium to look after their health and fitness but also all of our supporters as well.”

Burton Albion Community Trust’s Health and Inclusion Manager John Widdowson said: “Following the success of our campaign surrounding prostate cancer we are now looking at two more important health issues.

“We want to encourage people to know what their blood pressure numbers are and how they can make sure they can keep themselves healthy through a balanced diet and plenty of exercise. It’s very important for us to work with the trained professionalsfrom Queen’s Hospital who can give advice on what people need to do.

“Testicular cancer is something that affects young men and therefore we thought it was important to get the Burton Albion players to help highlight the dangers. We want to encourage all our supporters to think about getting checked and to understand the dangers.”

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer amongst men aged between 25 and 49 years old and the rate of men diagnosed with the illness has doubled in the last 50 years.

Burton Albion is supporting staff at Queen’s Hospital in highlighting the symptoms of testicular cancer as part of Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, which is running throughout April.

Players and staff at the club are being offered screenings for testicular cancer and all men are being encouraged to self-examine.

Jyoti Shah, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s incredibly important for young men to be aware of the dangersof testicular cancer and to seek help and advice if they are unsure. The illness is becoming increasingly prevalent across the UK and early detection of any lumps or swellings is crucial to successful treatment.”

Around 2,300 men in the UK are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year meaning more than six men a day are diagnosed with the illness. Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumour that develops in one or both testicles. There are several types of testicular cancer, but the most common is the germ cell tumour.

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Students Help Our Local Wildlife

A group of students, from Burton have been helping their local environment by building bird boxes which they will be donating to Rosliston Forestry Centre.

The students, who are part of the Respect Burton project, planned, designed and assembled the bird boxes at Rosliston Forestry Centre and whilst assembling the they decided  that it would be the perfect place to donate them to.

Respect Burton co-ordinator Wayne Chadfield said: “This project allowed the children to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to something that makes a real difference to their local community.”

The materials used to make the bird boxes were kindly donated by McLean Restaurants Ltd T/A McDonald’s as part of a wider initiative to provide homes for our local wildlife.

Sarah McLean, of McLean Restaurants Ltd T/A McDonald’s, said: “Involving the Burton Albion Community Trust has been a natural extension to developing this project in having  what was an idea developed by my local business brought to life in by  young people from the community.”

The students are part of the Respect Burton programme delivered by Burton Albion Community Trust and Burton Youth for Christ and supported by Burton Breweries Charitable Trust.

Keith Norris, chairman of Burton Breweries Charitable Trust, explained: “We are very proud to work in partnership with Burton Albion Community Trust and Burton Youth for Christ to facilitate this innovative programme. Days like these meet the aim of the overall project which is to prevent young people from becoming socially excluded and improve their future life prospects.”

Next time you are at Rosliston be sure to look out for the bird boxes with the Golden Arches on.

For more details about this programme please contact or call 01283 565938           .

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Football League Trust – Walking Football Regional Event

Burton Albion Community Trust this week (Tues 12th) hosted a Regional Walking Football event at St Georges Park, the home of English Football. The occasion was aimed at individuals aged 50+ to ‘dig out their boots’ and participate in the rapidly growing sport of walking football.

Over thirty participants took part on the night in teams of five. Football League Trust (FLT) rules were handed out prior to the event to allow all teams to familiarise themselves not only for this event but also for the Regional finals. The format of the night was a ‘round robin’ tournament allowing all teams to play each other with the winners going on to the Regional Finals.

The night consisted of some top class walking football with players in high spirits and soaking up the atmosphere. It was a close fought league, with the eventual winners now going onto represent BACT at the Regional Final. One of the players, David Collins commented “at my time of life I never thought I would have the opportunity to play the game I love again, however walking football has given me just that”, the Regional Finals will be hosted by Derby County Community Trust at Power League in May.

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Get Fit – Female Open Evening!

Burton Albion Community Trust are hosting a girls & women’s opening evening on Thursday 28th April 6-7pm at the Community Hub (DE14 2ER).

The evening is aimed at people who are looking to get fitter and become healthier, but who are looking for answers on how to do so. BACT see this as the perfect opportunity to help you get started!

The evening will be lead by our female staff that are happy to answer any questions you may have. We run sessions that are based around football, dance or general fitness; we are open to new ideas as well.

We will have demonstrations from our current programmes, an information room, short surveys and a chance to gather customer’s information; there will be light refreshments too.

If you would like more information please contact Chloe on 01283 565938 or via email

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Player Development sessions set to return

Our Football Development centres, which hold the aim of helping to develop children’s football skills, is set to return at the end of this month (April).

We aim to give children from Burton and surrounding areas an opportunity to play weekly football alongside our coaches, in a fun and friendly environment, which provides a pathway for children of all abilities. The programme has been created alongside the academy syllabus (UEFA and FA Licensed Coaches) which are made up of a number of different technical and skills practices, as well as small sided games.

The sessions are open to children aged 5-13 years and will start up again on April 27th at Blessed Robert Sutton, Burton, and at Oldfield Hall Middle School, Uttoxeter. Both sessions run from 6-7pm and cost just £4 per session or £36 for a 10 week block.

On top of this, children that also do show potential, will be signposted to the academy/academy development squads at Burton Albion FC.

To book online, please visit or for more information please email

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BACT and United Biscuits continue strong partnership link to run Enterprise Academy

Enterprise Academy is a 10-week programme run in partnership with United Biscuits. Students will study the basic principles of Business and Enterprise including; customer service, marketing and promotion as well as products and services. The youngsters will gain a firm understanding of what a business is and what it takes to run successful businesses, using a theoretical but interactive approach that will help to inspire, engage and educate young people, this will enable the young people to raise their aspirations for their own future careers.

As part of the programme students will complete visits to both the Pirelli Stadium and United Biscuits headquarters in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. These companies are used as case studies to see businesses in action. This will allow students to learn first-hand the principles behind Business and Enterprise.

In the 2015-2016 academic year the programme has engaged with 192 learners, of which 106 have completed their tours of United Biscuits and Pirelli Stadium. We are looking forward to our continued work with United Biscuits and our commitment to inspire, engage and educate the borough of East Staffordshire.

This is a great opportunity for schools to get involved in, working alongside a professional football club and its ever growing Community Trust education scheme.

For any more information please contact Aaron Savva on: or alternatively call (01283) 565938

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Junior Brewers meet their heroes at Easter party

YOUNG Burton Albion fans got the chance to meet their Brewers heroes at an Easter party.

The Junior Brewers event at the Pirelli Stadium saw skipper John Mousinho and Striker Stuart Beavon drop in to meet the youngsters.

The players took questions from the Junior Brewers, before taking time to pose for pictures. Many of the young fans had also brought their souvenir sticker books to be signed.

Junior Brewers membership costs just £15 for the season and the Easter party is just one of many benefits and activities that help young fans feel a part of Burton Albion.

Only Junior Brewers can be a matchday mascot, with packages available that will ensure that young fans enjoy a dream day out at the Pirelli Stadium. You can still book to be a mascot at the last three home games of the season – on April 16 (v Barnsley), April 19 (v Wigan) and April 30 (v Gillingham).

To find out more about becoming a Junior Brewer or about mascot packages call 01283 565938 or email bact@burtonalbionfc.

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Green light given for BACT all-weather sports facility

AMBITIOUS plans to create a new £1m all-weather sports facility at the home of Burton Albion have been given the green light by planners.

East Staffordshire Borough Council has given approval for the new community facility which could now be ready for use in the autumn.

Burton Albion Community Trust is behind the project to build the artificial pitch, complete with changing rooms, at the Pirelli Stadium – and the project has already received a massive boost having secured nearly £850,000 from The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Now the trust is launching a final push to raise the final funds needed to complete the development.

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, will create a much-needed new facility for the town of Burton.

The facility will enable BACT to greatly expand its own programme but also see many other sports organisations in the town have access to a new purpose-built site.

BACT’s head of community, Andy Taylor, said: “This is great news and we can now move forward with this exciting project.

“We have been working for more than 12 months with the Football Association, The Premier League and the Football Foundation as well as local partners to submit planning and funding applications to develop the 3G artificial grass pitch and now all that hard work is coming to fruition.

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

“Through our local partners, we already have commitments from Trent and Dove, The Consolidated Charity of Burton and the East Staffordshire Borough Council Local Neighbourhood Development Fund as well as local businesses.We are now concentrating on securing the remaining funding by getting more partners on board. If all goes to plan, the facility could be up and running by September.”

Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson said: “The football club’s focus has always been on the community and this facility will be a great asset for the people of Burton.

“It’s great that BACT has been able to gain access to this funding and now we have planning approval we can move on with delivering this brilliant project.”

Any business interested in supporting the pitch project can go to Just Giving  at or  contact

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Under 7’s Futsal Development League comes to Burton

Burton Albion Community Trust, in conjunction with Staffordshire FA and the Burton Junior Football League are piloting an Under 7’s futsal development league to be held at Meadowside Leisure Centre. The first of its kind in Burton will be a 5 week programme that kicks starts with a CPD accredited event for coaches on Wednesday 6th April from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The pilot league, open for BJFL teams only is to be played on Wednesday 13th April for four weeks. The 5v5 game will allow teams to play a minimum of a 26 minute game against other junior football clubs in a friendly and safe environment. Futsal is an official FIFA, UEFA and FA approved 5a-side variation of football played indoor with an emphasis on technique and creativity. Budding stars of the future will get to follow the same development as global football stars such as Messi and Ronaldo who honed their abilities playing the game of futsal.

Scott Taylor, Football co-coordinator comments, “We are delighted to work in partnership with the BJFL and Staffs FA to create a development pathway using futsal. As a tool this is a great opportunity for both players and coaches to understand a variation of football in a fun environment. The indoor game dictates a fast skilful open game for both boys and girls of all abilities to enjoy”

To register an interest in the futsal programme please email For information on any other BACT programmes please visit the website