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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 https://www.justgiving.com/bact or  contact  andy.taylor@burtonalbionfc.co.uk

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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 bact2@burtonalbionfc.co.uk. For information on any other BACT programmes please visit the website www.burtonalbioncommunitytrust.co.uk

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MEN’S HEALTH WEEK VOTED A MAJOR SUCCESS

AN innovative project to raise awareness of the dangers of prostate cancer and to provide vital funds to fight the disease has been hailed as a major success.

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives, which is why Burton Albion Community Trust and Queen’s Hospital joined forces to raise awareness and to boost the funds of the charity Prostate Cancer UK.
As well as a week of men’s health related activities, the Pirelli Stadium also provided free prostate cancer checks for men in the at-risk group – with the screenings fully booked.
The week kicked off on when Andy Garner, Burton Albion first team coach, dropped into an over 50s football session to answer questions and to champion the community screenings.
Jyoti Shah, consultant urological surgeon at Queen’s Hospital in Burton, visited the Pirelli Stadium and did a short community presentation on prostate cancer and men’s health to a room full of over 50s.
Jeff Stelling marched to Burton Albion with Paul Merson by his side as they completed one of the legs of the Sky TV presenter’s 10 marathons in 10 days, from Hartlepool to Wembley Stadium in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Jeff was welcomed at the Pirelli Stadium by Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough, chairman Ben Robinson and the football club’s Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Damien McCrory.
The Brewers home fixture with Oldham Athletic was designated as the club’s official Prostate Cancer UK fixture, and the community trust organised a wide range of activities on the day with a pre-match bucket collection taking place supported by Burton’s Rotary Club and Round Table which raised more than £600.
Staff from Burton’s Queen’s Hospital were also at the game handing out leaflets and encouraging fans to sign up for the free check ups.
There was also a special group of flag bearers on the day who had all been treated for prostate cancer and the teams were led out by community champion Trevor Anderson – a volunteer and former patient at Burton’s urology department.
This was followed by a #FootballtoAmsterdam five-a-side tournament at St George’s Park with 12 teams from local businesses lining up alongside the Burton Albion Legends.
All the fixtures were played in a great spirit. However, it was the Burton Albion Legends team who won overall after a close fought final against Ashfield Health Care.
Most importantly, more than 100 men from across East Staffordshire, including Andy Garner and the chairman of Burton Albion Community Trust, John Jackson, all took part in the free prostate cancer screenings.
The screenings were held at the Pirelli Stadium and were undertaken by Burton’s Queen’s Hospital Urology department, led by Jyoti Shah, with volunteer support from Burton Rotary Club.
Burton Albion Community Trust Health and Inclusion Manager John Widdowson said: “The whole week was a fantastic success. We were really pleased to have led and organised a number of activities during our Men’s Health Week, which couldn’t have taken place without our partners and we would like to thank Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, Burton Albion Football Club, Burton Rotary Club, Burton Round Table and all those who have turned up and supported the week.
“The aim of the week was to raise awareness of prostate cancer and also raise some money to support the work which takes place locally and nationally. Over the week, we have raised in excess of £2,000 and more importantly delivered our message to more than 5,000 people in East Staffordshire.”
Jyoti Shah said: “We had a fantastic response to the initiative with all screenings all booked up.Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the western world. This campaign was about raising awareness and dispelling the myths and about how we can help people who have to go through that journey. I think we managed to achieve that through this innovative way of working with the football club.”
To discuss the work Burton Albion Community Trust does to support Men’s Health Week please contact John Widdowson on 01283 565938.
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Albion legends take part in charity five-a-side tournament

A team of Burton Albion legends helped make a fund-raising five-a-side tournament a “fantastic event”.

The tournament saw 12 teams, made up of local businesses and charities, battle it out in order to be crowned champions.

The ‘Burton Albion Legends’ team was entered by former  Brewers hero Aaron Webster, and was made up of former players Darren Stride, John McGrath, Marc Goodfellow, Alan Davies, Colin Hoyle and Mark Blount.

Burton Albion Community Trust hosted the event at St George’s Park to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, ahead of the ‘Bike To Amsterdam’ event. Three members of the trust staff are taking part in the ride, along with a number of local partners and volunteers.

Head of community Andy Taylor, community manager Matt Hancock and health and inclusion manager John Widdowson will be taking part in the ride – which starts in Barnsley and ends in Amsterdam, all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The five-a-side tournament was played in an excellent sprit, with the Brewers Legends team running out as winners. The event raised more than £1,000.

It was part of BACT’s  men’s health activity week, which has also seen a number of different projects and programmes taking place, including prostate cancer screenings at the Pirelli Stadium.

John Widdowson said: “It was an absolutely fantastic event and we are very grateful for all the teams that took part for helping to raise money for us. A special mention must go to the Burton Albion Legends team, which made the night that extra bit special. It is all for an amazing charity that we work very closely with and we hope that the money raised can help to make as much of a difference as possible.”

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ANDY GARNER LAUNCHES HEALTH INITIATIVE

BURTON Albion first team coach Andy Garner has signed up for a free prostate cancer screening at the Pirelli Stadium.

Andy kicked off a week of men’s health initiatives being organised by Burton Albion Community Trust by taking coaching at a weekly football session for the over 50s.

The over 50s are the target age group for the screenings and BACT’s health and inclusion manager John Widdowson was on hand to ask the footballers to help  spread the word about the screenings.

John said: “Andy was brilliant answering questions, putting the footballers through some warm up exercises and then coaching them throughout the session. It was a great way to start our activities and fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK and Andy has now signed up for a screening and hopes as many men as possible follow his example and get a check.”

Burton Albion and Queen’s Hospital have joined forces for this innovative health campaign designed to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

The campaign, which hopes to take away the ‘fear factor’ and enable men to seek advice, will also see a charity collection for Prostate Cancer UK take place at Saturday’s home game against Oldham and an information stand will be manned  by hospital staff.

The Jeff Stelling-led Men United fund-raising walk with dozens of Albion supporters joining the Derby County to Burton Albion leg will arrive at the Pirelli Stadium on Friday and is just one of the men’s health events being organised during the initiative, which also includes a football tournament at St George’s Park.

The screenings at the Pirelli Stadium will take place on March 30 and 31 and places can be booked now.

Jyoti Shah, consultant urological surgeon at Queen’s Hospital in Burton, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the western world. The good news is that people tend to live with it rather than die because of it.

“This campaign is about raising awareness and dispelling the myths and about how we can help people who have to go through that journey,”

–       Receive a free prostate cancer screening, including a PSA blood test and rectal examination of the prostate with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the Pirelli Stadium on March 30 and 31.To find out what the test involves and book your appointment telephone 01283 593172 or email bactadmin@burtonalbionfc.co.uk to get more information.

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BACT + Beyond Black Belt & BCA to deliver classes that pack a punch!

                                                           

THANKS to funding from Staffordshire County Council young people from Across East Staffordshire will be able to take part in unique mixed martial arts classes FREE of charge.

Beyond Black Martial Arts based in Hawkins Lane Burton have joined forces with Burton Albion Community Trust and the Burton Caribbean Association to deliver classes they hope will have real punch.

The three organisations will deliver weekly mixed martial arts classes across East Staffordshire starting this April the classes will be suitable for anyone aged 11 years and older, any gender and all abilities levels are welcome.

Staffordshire County Council’s funding means the classes will be FREE of charge, there is no need to book and attendees will need no specialist equipment.

Delivery of classes will take place as set out below:

Tuesday 4:30PM – 6:30PM Burton Caribbean Association
Wednesday

5pm – 6pm (7 – 13 years)

6pm – 7pm (13 years and over)

Beyond Black Belt Martial Arts Centre
Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm Heath Road Community Centre Uttoxeter

Kev Ayre Beyond Black Belt Owner said “the classes will be a great release from the stresses of school and teenage life. Classes with BBB are always fun! And our students have a blast striving for excellence.”

“We’re really thankful to Staffordshire County Council and pleased to be working with Burton Caribbean Association and Burton Albion Community Trust using them to deliver classes in local communities, teaching young people to make good decisions, staying safe and being successful in life.”

For more info on the programme please see the above timetable and also the flyers below with all relevant information on the sessions. Also visit www.burtonalbioncommunitytrust.co.uk or call John Widdowson on 01283 565938

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TRUST WIN MAJOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE AWARD

We are proud to announce that Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) has been named Midlands Community Club of the Year and is also shortlisted for the national award along with five other community schemes.

The Football League Awards 2016 take place on Sunday, April 17, in Manchester where the overall winners will be announced.

The regional winners and shortlisted clubs are as follows:

North East & Yorkshire: Rotherham United
Midlands: Burton Albion
South East: Brighton & Hove Albion
North West: Burnley
London: Charlton Athletic
South West & Wales: Cardiff City

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.”

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BJFL Day 2016 Gallery – Can you spot yourself in the crowd?

Saturday’s Burton Junior Football League Day for Burton Albion FC’s home game against Fleetwood Town was once again a huge success story for Burton Albion Community Trust. Over 1,500 youngsters and their families took part to fill the usual away end at the Pirelli Stadium and helped to create a carnival atmosphere, leading to the Brewers winning 2-1 and staying at the top of the League One table! At the end of the game, the whole squad of players went over to show their appreciation to everyone that came, taking photos and signing autographs, to top of a fabulous day all round. Take a look to see if we can spot yourself in the crowd in our online gallery?

More photo’s to follow…

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Kids for a Quid @ BAFC vs Oldham

AFTER more than 1,500 junior footballers created a “brilliant atmosphere” at the Fleetwood home game Burton Albion will be offering all youngsters the chance to see a key match for just £1.

The club has announced a Kids for a Quid promotion at the Easter Saturday clash with Oldham – which will be screened live on Sky.

At the game, which kicks off at 12.30pm, juniors can gain admission for just £1 if bought alongside an accompanying adult ticket. The offer is for the terraces only and does not apply to seats.

Burton Albion commercial director Fleur Robinson said: “There was a brilliant atmosphere at our Junior Club Day and now we want to make sure all youngsters can come and enjoy what promises to be a very exciting game as we push for promotion to the Championship.

“We pride ourselves at Burton Albion on our family-friendly atmosphere and we hope to see as many youngsters as possible take up this offer – especially as there are very few Junior League fixtures taking place that day.”

The Kids for a Quid offer applies to the Oldham home game on Saturday, March 26, kick off 12.30pm. Junior £1 tickets must be purchased at the same time as an adult ticket.

Tickets are available online until 5.30pm on Good Friday or in the club shop at the Pirelli Stadium until noon on Good Friday, March 25.
Go to www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk or call 01283 565938

To purchase on-line supporters needs to use the correct promotion code:

Here’s our easy to follow guide:

1. Click on buy tickets for Oldham
2. Select either north or west stand
3. Select the total number of tickets required.
4. Click on buy tickets – you will not be charged at this point
4. Supporters then need to type one of the following promo codes to apply the discount

1 child = kidsforaquid
2 children = kidsforaquid2
3 children = kidsforaquid3
4 children = kidsforaquid4
5 children = kidsforaquid5

If the accompanying adult is a senior – change adult price to senior using the drop down menu and click on recalculate.
If two adults or more are purchasing tickets use the promo code that applies to the number of child tickets (eg two adults, two children – apply kidsforaquid2)

Then buy tickets as usual

If you wish to buy more than five children’s tickets either repeat the process or call 01283 565938.