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15 May 2019

THE Burton Junior Football League season came to an end with two showpiece final days at the Pirelli Stadium.

The BJFL and Burton Albion Community Trust have forged strong links that have benefited both organisations and this was another example with money raised from admissions going to help BACT.

The BJFL uses the community facilities as a weekly central venue for the under eights league and a number of clubs from the league have enjoyed matchday experiences at Burton Albion FC fixtures throughout this season.

Formed in 1988, the BJFL has gone from strength-to-strength, year-on-year and today boasts impressive membership statistics. Considered a 'leading edge' and innovating Junior League, in the last 12 years the league has continuously grown and now boasts more than 300 teams with almost 5,500 players coming from 45 different clubs.

The 2018/19 season came to an end with two Sundays of matches at the Pirelli Stadium including the Dave Hackett Memorial Cup. Burton Albion first team squad member Callum Hawkins presented the medals and trophies as the Burton Albion Community Football Centre hosted the last set of finals.

During all the finals, all those attending paid a small admission charge and the league has agreed for this money to be donated to BACT, which will be used for education sessions for BJFL coaches ahead and during next season.

Scott Taylor, Football Development Manager at BACT, said: “We have a very productive partnership with the Burton Junior Football League, and we were delighted to host the finals here at the Pirelli Stadium.

“It’s also brilliant that we were able to raise funds that will go back into a project that further enhances our relationship.”

Andy Topham, BJFL Chairman, said: "I would like to thank Burton Albion, the Community Trust and the staff for their help and supportin making the BJFL Cup finals at the Pirelli Stadium over the last two weekends a great success.

"All of the staff from BACT and BAFC were gracious, accommodating and professional in hosting the finals." 

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