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Free health checks on Saturday

13 March 2014

BACT health partners in attendance

As part of Burton Albion’s Health and Wellbeing fixture against AFC Wimbledon on March 15, the club’s ongoing health programmes will be in attendance at the Sky Bet League 2 match. 

The Burton Albion Community Trust programmes include FA Just Play, Golden Goal over 50’s, Head for Goal and Fit Fans which will showcase Albion’s commitment to health and wellbeing in the community.

The fixture will see a street stadia, supplied by Staffordshire Fire Service placed outside the Pirelli Stadium from 1.30pm. This will host a fixture between members of the Just Play programme and the Head for Goal programme to highlight the importance of one’s health and general wellbeing.

The FA’s Just Play programme in partnership with the Burton Albion Community Trust offers anyone over the age of 50 to come and take part in our weekly walking football sessions delivered by BACT staff.

These sessions are held on Tuesday evenings between 6pm and 7pm at De Ferrers Academy.

Burton Albion Community Trust’s mental health programme, Head for Goal aims to use sport as a vehicle to increase social interaction and break down the social stigmas that surround mental health and is funded by Staffordshire County Council Health and Wellbeing Fund.

All initiatives are led by Burton Albion Community Trust staff in collaboration with a number of partners, including The University of Derby, Staffordshire County Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council and the FA.

Burton Albion Community Trust Health Officer Chris Prince, said: “This fixture is about highlighting the importance of an individual’s health and wellbeing and making sure as a football club we support the local community in providing programmes and services that cater for people’s needs to ensure as many people as possible lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Male supporters aged over 25 at the game can join up to our ‘Fit Fans’ weight loss programme delivered by qualified staff and supported by Burton Albion FC’s first-team sports scientist to help you kick your lifestyle in a healthy direction.

Members of the programme will take part in two sessions a week following a bespoke 12 week physical activity plan with guidance and advice on healthy eating and positive lifestyle changes.

Throughout the whole of the 12 weeks and after, BACT staff will be on hand to offer all the support and guidance you will need.

The first 12 week block starts in April 2014, with three further recruitment blocks taking place throughout the year.

In addition, on the day fans will be able to access a free health check near the main entrance.

For more information about Burton Albion’s Health and Wellbeing Fixture on March 15 against AFC Wimbledon please contact BACT Health Officer Chris Prince on 01283 565938 or email healthbact@burtonalbionfc.co.uk 

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