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Community trust awards night to celebrate work

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

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AN awards evening in June will help shine the spotlight on the very best work being done by Burton Albion’s Community Trust.

The trust was formed in 2010 as a charity offshoot of Burton Albion with a mission to engage with the community and to make a difference.

Its programmes and courses now reach more than 6,000 people a week across a wide variety of areas with the scope and number of activities continuing to grow.

Now, as Burton Albion look to make it to Wembley with a play-off semi-final second leg looming at Southend on Saturday, the trust has announced its first ever awards night.

Matt Hancock, the trust’s community manager, said: “We have grown rapidly and developed some very positive relationships. We are now at a point where we are delivering across all the key themes – such as disability, social inclusion, health and well-being, sports participation and education.

“We are delivering more than 200 sessions in a week and want to showcase that and reward people who have been involved. It’s not about us showing off but about rewarding people who have helped us develop very successful programmes.

“It will show exactly what community schemes can do when fully supported by a football club.”

The trust’s co-ordinators and officers have drawn up a list of awards and a short list of nominations.

The winners will be revealed at a gala night at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday, June 17, at 7pm,

Matt says: “We have looked at where a project or individual has been truly outstanding. There are people who have gone above and beyond and they richly deserve an accolade and maybe don’t get talked about and don’t get credit.

“They have helped us become an established and well-respected community organisation.”

The awards night is open to groups and individuals to attend.

Matt says: “Come and help us celebrate and share in the successes we have had or just to enjoy a good night out and find out more about what we do.”

Tickets for the awards are £45 and include a meal and a talk by a guest inspirational speaker. Call 01283 565938 or email bactadmin@burtonalbionfc.co.uk.

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