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BREWERS fans have played a huge part in making Burton Albion’s annual Family and NCS Day at the Pirelli Stadium another successful event.

Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) staff, alongside club representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, helped organise and deliver pre-match activities ahead of the Brewers fixtures against Fleetwood Town.

Over 100 people were in attendance at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G to take part in sports, arts, crafts and other activities as the club celebrated the work they deliver in the community.

First-team players Ben Fox, Damien McCrory, Callum Hawkins and Jack Livesey also took out their time to visit the session, putting their skills to the test, taking on football skill competitions, whilst also posing for photos and signing autographs for the excited youngsters.

The day also included performances from the BACT Dance Team, as well as the use of the Burton Albion Sensory Room for local children who suffer with autism.

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “It was a fantastic afternoon and went just the way that we had planned. We would like to thank everybody who joined us throughout the day and for the pre-match activities. Overall, despite the result of the game, the day was a huge success”.

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FOR many school leavers, choosing your career path can be a pretty daunting thing, if though you want to do something that allows you to both earn, learn, study at your own pace and train in an environment that you love – well an apprenticeship might just be the right choice for you. 

Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) have now delivered and supported a number of young people for a number of years, helping them to achieve their potential, whilst gaining a qualification along the way. BACT are now pleased to celebrate the latest apprenticeship success with a group of young apprentices completing their qualification recently.

The good news doesn’t stop there as a number of the group have now moved onto full time employment, with offers in local education and coaching roles within BACT.

Education and Learning Manager, Wayne Chadfield, said: “The apprenticeship programme is a valuable asset and resource to BACT as it allows us to support learners with on the job experience and more formal education lessons.

“Our greatest measure of success has to be the opportunities that apprentices move onto, seeing them move into full time employment and further education is something we’re always proud of.” 

To learn more about BACT apprenticeships visit click here or call 01283 246207 for more information. 

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TWO of Burton Albion Community Trust’s (BACT) session participants have managed to gain a special friendship thanks attending a Health and Wellbeing programme at the Pirelli Stadium.

Margaret and Tony, who both attend the Wednesday morning Golden Goal ssesion, have openly shared their about how their friendship has blossomed.

After Margaret’s husband sadly passed away, Margaret started attending BACT’s weekly Golden Goal sessions. Here she took part in the activity programme which includes exercise sessions, quizzes, bingo, curling and the very competitive table tennis games.

It was here that she met former Burton Albion player Tony Bailey and have become close friends every since. The pair now go on holidays together and have found a mutual love for weekly dancing. Margaret and Tony say they’re ‘enjoying every second’ of this part of their life and are grateful for the opportunities Golden Goal has brought to them.

Lisa Beard, Community Operations Manager, said: “It’s a fantastic story and we’re glad that our session has been able to help them both find a friendship that they wouldn’t have necessarily found without Golden Goal.”

For more information on the session, please contact

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MORE than 20 school pupils from six different secondary schools have posed questions to Brewers manager Nigel Clough and club captain Jake Buxton at a special press conference.

The pupils joined the local media at the club’s annual Junior Press Day and were able to ask their own questions.

The Pingle Academy, Paget High School, De Ferrers Academy, Paulet High School, William Allitt and Landau Forte Academy QEMS were all represented.

Junior Press Day gives young people who are interested in a career in the media a chance to see how press conferences work at a League One football club and gives them an opportunity to test their skills.

The pupils also enjoyed a tour of the ground, a presentation on the history of the club and took part in a sports journalism workshop.

After the hour-long press conference, the pupils were asked to write an article about their experiences and the writers of the pieces judged the best will be invited back to the club for the home game against Fleetwood on February 23 where they will shadow the club media team.

Wayne Chadfield, Education and Learning Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust, said: “The Junior Press Day at Burton Albion is always a great event and we were delighted that so many young people were able to attend.”

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough said: “We always enjoy welcoming the students to the football club and once again they asked some great questions. I hope they enjoyed their visit and picked up some useful tips.”

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STAFF from both Burton Albion Football Club and Community Trust have received workplace training as part of a recent initiative to fight online fraud.

The cyber champions in the workplace training was launched in October, led by Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime Sue Arnold.

The free training gives Staffordshire businesses the chance to get cyber savvy and stay one step ahead of online fraudsters, with designated workplace champions.

Mrs Arnold said: “The impact cyber-crime can and does have on the economy is huge, both nationally and in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, so it’s vital businesses become as cyber-savvy as possible and beat online criminals at their own game.

“I’m delighted Burton Albion have grasped this opportunity and really embraced the chance to become more skilled and savvy about protecting themselves and their business online. Any other businesses wanting to do the same should get in touch with our office, so we can arrange this invaluable training for them.”

The training, delivered by Digital Police Community Support Officer Matthew Hough-Clewes, explained to staff how fraudsters are increasingly targeting businesses large and small.

Last year, online fraud and cyber-crime was estimated to have cost the economy £27 billion a year with £5.8 million losses in Staffordshire in the past three months.

Cyber-crime is swiftly becoming the most damaging crime a victim can experience. Millions of pounds and reams of sensitive data are stolen every year and a lot of this can be prevented with some simple actions.

Fleur Robinson, Commercial Director, said: “It’s important that staff at both the football club and community trust take their responsibilities seriously and we are looking forward to rolling the information out to our wider workforce and community partners.”

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “It was a really eye-opening insight into the online world and was invaluable training.

“Our staff really seemed to take a lot from what they got to hear and we’re very surprised by some pretty worrying statistics, so we’re really grateful for the delivery of a fantastic workshop.”

For more information about becoming a Cyber Champion in your workplace and sign up for future training sessions email:

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A LARGE sum of money has kindly been donated to Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) following a recent fundraising event.

A cheque for £1,272.64 was donated to BACT by the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce last week, following a charity quiz night held at the Pirelli Stadium in December.

Representatives from BACT were in attendance at he event, raising awareness of the work that BACT does in the local community, as well as helping with the running of the prize raffle event.

Lee Milligan, Events and Partnerships Officer, who received the cheque alongside Head of Community, Matt Hancock. said: “We are delighted to receive a cheque from Burton and District Chamber of Commerce.

“We must say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the quiz night and for raising such an astonishing amount of money.

“These funds are really important to us and enable us to keep delivering the work that we do out in the community.

“We would like to thank Burton and District Chamber of Commerce for choosing BACT as one of the receiving charities for the Christmas quiz.”

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BREWERS stars Ben Fox and Scott Fraser have been out in the community as part of the Move & Learn project.

This is the third time that Burton Albion first team players have shown support for the project over the past two weeks. Joe Sbarra, Reece Hutchinson, Colin Daniel and Brad Collins have also visited schools which Burton Albion Community Trust are delivering the Move & Learn programme in.

The players answered questions on living a healthy lifestyle, as well as getting involved in physical activity, which included dodgeball sessions. During the visit, they also took time to pose for photographs and sign autographs for the excited Year 5 youngsters.

The Move & Learn project is a national school-based educational programme for children aged 9-10 that has been developed by the EFL Trust and Ferrero.

By combining six weeks of practical sporting sessions with classroom sessions, the programme encourages physical activity, promotes nutritional education and builds awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

The programme content is developed by nutritional and educational experts in line with the recommendations in the Government’s eat well plate and the National Curriculum.

To date, the programme has been delivered locally by 26 football club trusts in 1,495 schools, with over 80,000 children impacted.

Paul Furniss, Primary Schools Manager, said: “It was great to have the lads join us over the past few days!

“They’ve been absolutely fantastic and the schools have been delighted to get to meet the players first-hand.”

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BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) have been working closely with a young, aspiring journalist, Jack Stout, in order to help his development in reporting.

As well as also being part of Burton Albion FC’s SLG (Support Liaison Group), Jack is also a ‘Vlogger’, running his own Burton Albion dedicated YouTube channel. He is now working with BACT staff at community-based football development programmes in order to gain more experience.

Following his last visit, Jack wrote his own personal account of the sessions, picking up interview experience by speaking to coaches, participants and parents.

Read Jack’s article below:


BURTON Albion Community Trust’s (BACT) Player Development session takes place on Tuesday nights, at the 3G pitches, next to the Pirelli Stadium. The session is a great opportunity for children to improve their footballing ability.

The session takes place between 6pm and 7pm, every Tuesday until the 9th of April. The prices are either £5 per session or £40 for the full block.

Player Development focuses on the development of participants passing, receiving, moving, defending and shooting, with a fun and twist to them, in order to make it more exciting for the children. 

Ben Webster, Player Development Coach, spoke about the Community Trust ‘pathway’. He said: “We aim for participants to take on board what the coaches say to them’, but also ‘getting their feedback too.

“With the likes of Marcus Harness, Ben Fox, Joe Sbarra and Reece Hutchinson all making appearances for the Brewers first team this season, it helps the children aspire to become the professional footballer that they all dream to be.”

Webster, also went on to talk about how he the chances of meeting players was an ‘awesome experience’ and one that’s crucial for Burton Albion’s first team players to see. 

After speaking to participant Paige’s guardian, she spoke about what amazing development her daughter had made since beginning the sessions. She said: “She (Paige) is coming on really well. She was previously quiet character, but has become a girl who isn’t hesitant to ‘get stuck in.”

In order to join, you can call 01283246207, or email to book on to the sessions. 

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help Jack with his personal development at BACT.

“He’s shown a keen desire to get involved and to learn. Ever since we was aware of his interest in helping out, we were happy to help and we hope that this can benefit him in the future.”

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UTTOXETER Racecourse has kindly chosen Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) to be their charity of the year for 2019.

Throughout the year there will be 10 different race events that BACT will be fundraising at. The first event of the partnership took place on 26th January, as BACT launched the partnership at the Locals Race Day.

The aim of the partnership will be to raise funds to enable BACT to deliver more programmes in the Uttoxeter area, on top of what’s already being delivered in local schools and on the evenings and weekends.

Specifically, BACT is looking to raise monies to deliver some Active Ageing programmes which will benefit older members of the local community and this is something BACT is delighted to be doing in partnership with Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Lee Milligan, BACT Event and Partnerships Officer, said: ‘We’re honoured to be chosen as the charity of the year for 2019!

“We have worked closely with Uttoxeter Racecourse for a number of years and this will strengthen our partnership. We believe we can create some fantastic opportunities for local people and we are extremely excited about making a real difference in 2019.”

Hayley Plimley, Head of Sales & Marketing at Uttoxeter Racecourse, said: “We are proud to support and partner with Burton Albion Community Trust as Charity Partner of the Year.

“The Community Trust continually deliver on a number of key projects throughout East Staffordshire and their work within health, education and sport is invaluable to local people. During the partnership Uttoxeter Racecourse commit to supporting the trust to raise funds to for the ‘Extra Time Hub’, which will focus on wellbeing and health of over 50s within the local area. We are looking forward to making an impact where it matters.”