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7 June 2017

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MATT Hancock has started his new role of Head of Community following Andy Taylor's departure to Aston Villa.

Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) named Matt Hancock as the new Head of Community last month.

BACT has delivered a new 3G all-weather community football pitch at the Pirelli Stadium and now engages with more than 8,000 people a week through a diverse programme of activities. In previous months, the Trust has also released its new three-year strategy, which Matt will now be the heading.

Having been with BACT now for around five and a half years, in his previous role of Community Manager, he will now look to try and further the success of the Trust, following the achievement of winning the Midlands Community Club of the Year in successive years.

When asked about how he plans to take the Trust forward, Hancock explained: “Firstly, the step up in the role is a testament to the hard work that he (Andy Taylor) and myself have put in and I feel that I’m in a really strong position to take the Trust forward. The work that Andy (Taylor) has done previously in the seven years has set the Trust up to be in a position that I am quite excited about so I’d really like to thank him for that.

“In terms of the business I’m confident in what we deliver, what we set out to do and the work that goes alongside it. I guess the biggest change for me will be having the ultimate accountability. Yes we have a board of trustees, but the ultimate decisions will now start to fall on my head. That’s the biggest change to my role.

“Furthering that, I hope to develop the relationship with the football club. Andy (Taylor) worked really well with Fleur (Robinson), the chairman (Ben Robinson) and the academy and various arms of the football club. I really want to make sure I’m part and parcel of this, keeping that relationship with the club moving forward for years to come.”

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