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17 January 2024



17 January 2024

BURTON Albion will be showcasing a team of 11 Brewers community heroes at our game against Charlton on Saturday.

Local community heroes will be celebrated up and down the country in January as the EFL, EFL Trust, 72 EFL Clubs and their Community Club Organisations launch the first-ever EFL Community Weekends.  

Across the period, clubs will mark the incredible work that community staff and volunteers deliver 365 days per year, while participants from community programmes will be honoured by matchday activities.  

As part of matchday activations, fans will get the chance to hear from participants that have had their lives changed by their club’s community work and find out more details about the range of projects and ways to get involved.  

At Burton Albion we are highlighting the community work and the people who participate by creating a first team of community champions who will be present at the match today to share their stories  and who will be the flag-bearers for the game welcoming the two teams onto the pitch.

John Widdowson, Interim Head of Community at Burton Albin Community Trust, said: “We are delighted to be part of this EFL initiative highlighting the amazing impact clubs and their community trusts make on a day-to-day basis.

“Our 11 community champions are great ambassadors for the wonderful work that goes on and I hope putting them in the spotlight will encourage all our supporters to find out more about we do and hopefully for them to engage with us if they don’t already.”

The 11 community champions are:

  1. Dave Raby - Adult Disability/Walking Football
  2. Ben Wolffe - Long Term Service to Girls’ Football
  3. Connor Wheeler – Participant/Work experience/Volunteer/Part-time employee
  4. Sam Thomas - Community Captain
  5. Sally Hill – Extra Time Hub/50s Fitness/Wellbeing Walks
  6. Pam Owen - Extra Time Hub/50s Fitness/Wellbeing Walk
  7. Alfie Bullock - Winshill Kicks
  8. Bendith Appiaah-Blaay - Unity Park Kicks
  9. Alan Wiggins - Active Recovery
  10. Kev Pearce –  Active Recovery
  11. Suzanne Allis - BACT in Ghana 

Trevor Birch, CEO of the EFL, said: “Community remains a fundamental part of the EFL and its 72 clubs’ identity, so we are delighted to launch the latest strand of activity in this area – the EFL Community Weekends. The work undertaken by clubs has a hugely positive impact on the participants of the various programmes and the towns and cities where people live.  

“Football continues to reach parts of local areas that others simply cannot and successfully addresses challenges linked to health, wellbeing, education and employment alongside helping to keep communities connected. We look forward to celebrating this incredible work in front of match-going fans over the coming two weekends across our network.”  

Liam Scully, Chair of the EFL Trust, said: “Our Clubs and Club Community Organisations engage with more than 840,000 people from EFL communities all year round. To be able to showcase the club community work as a collective and acknowledge the work of participants and programme leaders, many of whom are volunteers, further highlights the unique ability of our network.” 

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