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8 March 2018

BURTON Albion opened its doors to 10 secondary school pupils from the local area on Wednesday, offering the opportunity to participate in the club's press conference.

Alongside BBC Radio Derby and the Burton Mail, youngsters from John Taylor, de Ferrers, Pingle, Abbot Beyne and William Allitt grilled manager Nigel Clough and first-team star Lucas Akins ahead of Bristol City's visit on Saturday.

After the formal proceedings finished the students were taken on a tour of the Pirelli Stadium and given an insight into the club's history.

The event is in support of BBC's News Day scheme and, in pairs from their respective schools, the youngsters have written an article on the club's history and their experience.

Their efforts will be judged and the winning pair will be invited to join the Brewers' media team in the press box for Saturday's game, with their article being published in a future match-day programme.

In continued support of the BBC's efforts to promote media to students, the event was organised by the Burton Albion Community Trust.

Education Manager, Wayne Chadfield, was delighted with the success once again.

"It's great to have the opportunity to work so closely with the football club," he said.

"Young people can gain a real experience of a press conference and the role of a sports journalist. It's certainly unique and can really help them to see whether this route is for them."

Albion's Community Trust has now hosted this event for three years, with pupils at The Pingle Academy in attendance on every occasion.

Assured the students will benefit from the experience, Pingle's Assistant Principal Deb Holland said: "The confidence they will take away from doing this kind of thing is really important.

"Our students here are only in year 10 so it's something great to put on their CV already at such a young age, looking ahead to their further education."

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