Five cyclists will be taking part in the fundraising drive for Prostate Cancer representing the Brewers alongside another 71 Football League clubs.
BACT's head of community Andy Taylor; community manager Matthew Hancock and health and inclusion manager John Widdowson will be joined by the business operations manager from Burton Co-operative Trust Deb Bacon and Hollie Benton, who is the family and education practitioner from the East Staffordshire’s Children Centre.
They will all be taking part in the ride that starts on Friday, June 3, from Barnsley football club’s Oakwell Stadium. Here the team, together with representatives from the other Football League clubs, will cycle the 73 miles to the port of Hull.
After riding along the Dearne Valley with its challenging hills, the team will continue the journey across the Humber Bridge and then to the port.
Then it’s time for the teams to relax and jump off the saddle and onto the ferry to Rotterdam where they will refuel for the Saturday. The second day should be easier for the teams as they have a mainly flat 71-mile ride from Rotterdam to the famous Amsterdam Arena.
Their adventure takes them throughout the beautiful Dutch coastline and countryside before arriving at the home of Dutch giants Ajax. Once they have officially finished the race, it’s time for the teams to ditch their bike gear and get ready to hit the town.
Matt Hancock said: “We are looking forward to the challenge, flying the flag for Burton Albion and raising cash for a very good cause.”
Prostate Cancer UK – the official charity partner of the Football League – aims to reach millions of football supporters through engagement activity across football grounds to raise awareness of the disease which now affects one in eight men in the UK - that’s a death rate of 10,000 a year. As well as raising awareness of the disease, the official partnership will help to raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality life.
The team are pictured with Brewers first team player and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Damien McCrory, who gave them some training tips.
Burton Albion Community Trust would also like to thank local company Cycling 2000, who will be providing the team with all the biking equipment and clothing.