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BAFC Football and Education Programme

3 April 2013

Burton Albion Community Trust will be hosting a Football and Education event at St George’s Park on Thursday 25th April. The evening is designed for both boys and girls who are set to leave secondary education in 2013. 

Timetable of events on Thursday 25th April is as follows:

5.30pm - 6.30pm – Girls Football and Education Programme Open Evening. 

Interested Girls and their families/guardians will have the opportunity to ask questions to Burton & South Derbyshire College and also Burton Albion Community Trust around community involvement. Places must be pre-booked. 

6.00pm – 8.00pm – Boys Trials on the David Beckham Astro-Turf.

Please note: Boys who wish to attend this trial will need to complete the application and have received an invitation to the trial. Boys cannot just turn up on the night. 

The Football Development scheme is a two-year full-time course which allows students the prospect to study sport in a theoretical and practical aspect. The course also creates the pathway for students to be able to progress onto higher education degree/diploma, enter employment; in areas such as sports coaching, sports development or continuing to play football at a professional or semi-professional level. 

Students will train two days a week and play against other colleges and professional teams on Wednesday afternoons, with students permitted to play for other local clubs on a weekend. 

Andy Taylor, Community Manager for the Community Trust commented: ‘We are delighted to be offering the girls option this year and believe this will be as successful as the boys programme continues to be. The event at St Georges Park will allow the girls to finanlise their education programme with the college and the boys to showcase their footballing ability.” 

To be eligible for the programme, students must be predicted 5 A-C GCSEs including Maths and English. For the boys programme players will need to be of County standard, places will be subject to a trial where playing ability will be assessed, as well as an academic interview with Burton and South Derbyshire College.

Richard Burley, Vice Principal of Curriculum at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: 'The football programmes delivered with Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) offers a strong mix of education and sporting development. The combination of the outstanding work of the team at BACT and the College's unique relationship with St George’s Park, mean that students on these programmes will have some of the best opportunities within the world of football. 

'The addition of the girls programme from September is built on the success of the existing activities delivered within the partnership. The curriculum and enrichment available will support students in developing a broad range of knowledge and skills which will be valued by prospective employers and Universities.'

Interested students can request an application form from or download from our Community section of the website at

Female students can register their intention of coming to the event by calling Scott Taylor on 07967850520. 

Male students can register their intention of coming to the event by calling Mark Sale on 07970358815. 

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