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A recently formed BACT project has had a positive take off since its launch in November, with significant numbers in participation rising per week. The Safer Community Premier League Kicks League, which takes place at the new Burton Albion Community Football Centre on Saturday night, has seen an impressive rise in attendance from youngsters aged 11-19.

The session was launched back at the start of November 2016, following BAFC’s home game against Barnsley at the Pirelli Stadium. With the continued success since then, the project will now look to continue to grow, with further plans in place to offer participants the chance to represent the club both on a regional and national scale in competitive games and leagues.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, said: “Engaging with young people through sports means we can intervene earlier to tackle issues before they become a bigger problem. Not only is this better for those directly involved, but it’s also the best way to reduce crime and have a positive impact on communities in the long-term.

“Burton Albion are doing a great job to tackle anti-social behaviour by offering activities that help build relationships within the community and I am delighted to provide over £14,000 to assist them.

“The money comes from seizures by police from criminals and since I was elected 100 per cent of the money received from seizing assets from criminals goes towards community projects and making Staffordshire safer.”

The session is completely FREE and anybody interested in attending can turn up on the night at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G Pitch (Pirelli Stadium) from 6-8pm. For any other queries, please contact