Burton Albion has joined a host of Football League clubs by establishing their very own charitable arm - Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) in a bid to increase their presence within it's local community.
BACT has been set up in conjunction with The Football League Trust (FLT) and is aimed at strengthening the club's links with community groups and businesses.
The newly established Trust's work will include developing a sports coaching programme for youngsters, working with health authorities to deliver health education, and using the club's brand and its players to help promote the community work carried out by groups and organisations.
The Brewers have appointed Andy Taylor, 27, to the position of Community Development Manager. Taylor will commence the role in September and will bring extensive experience of community sports development to Burton Albion. He began his career as a scholar for Port Vale, but following his release at a young age he pursued sports development in the Port Vale area for the Local Authority before moving to a County FA where he has worked for the last three years.
Speaking to the Burton Mail about his role and the aims for the Trust, Taylor said: "My job is about bringing structure to the excellent community work the club already does. We're looking at developing a coaching programme for all sports within schools and during the holidays - it's not necessarily sport but a whole list of different projects.
"We hope we can use the football club as a focal point and give something back to the local area. I will be working very closely with everyone at the club, including the players and management, to enhance the projects that are already running. Everyone at the club understands their responsibility to the wider community and they really value the support from the local area."
Fleur Robinson, Burton Albion Commercial Director told the Burton Mail: "The establishment of the Burton Albion Community Trust will allow the club to further develop its work in the community. Burton Albion has always been a community focused club and we recognise the importance of developing this work to further enhance the surrounding area.
"We will be aiming to create partnerships within both the public and private sector, identifying areas of the community which the BACT can impact upon."
The Football League Trust has provided a framework to ensure BACT's key strategies are delivered. This support from the FLT comes in many forms such as offering training and development, delivery of national projects and project models, and providing an accreditation scheme that offers a quality standard framework to ensure BACT community schemes are fit for purpose.
Dave Edmundson, General Manager of The Football League Trust said: "It is great to see the establishment of the Burton Albion Community Trust, I am sure it will build upon the existing links between the club and local community, we look forward to working together on future projects and initiatives."
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