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23 May 2024



23 May 2024

BURTON Albion Community Trust's Football & Education side were rewarded for their season achievements last weekend when they visited Wembley Stadium to receive their league winning trophy.

After coming top of the Community & Education Alliance Central One League, the side were given the chance to walk up the famous Wembley steps to receive their trophy, following a season that saw them lose just one game.

BACT's Football and Education Programme is delivered in partnership with Burton & South Derbyshire College. The programme is designed to guide males and females aged 16-19 through their journey as student athletes. 

The Community & Education Football Alliance (CEFA) is a football competition run for EFL Club Community Organisations, featuring teams representing Premier League and EFL Clubs across the country. 

The side, who scored over 60 goals throughout the campaign, are sponsored by long-standing supporters of Burton Albion, Raygar Architectural and Engineering Supplies Ltd and were invited to Wembley Stadium for the League One Play-Off Final between Oxford United and Bolton Wanderers.

Raygar is an independent supplier of ironmongery, tools and fixings based in Derby. The firm supplies both tradesmen associated with the construction industry as well as the public carrying out home improvements.

Football Development Manager, Ben Webster, said: “We are really proud of the boys for winning the division this year. The boys have performed outstanding on the pitch, but also in the classroom, with their effort and application at college.

“Recent successes of four of the boys playing regularly in the Academy U19s, and with some of the second years securing scholarships in America, shows the strength of the football provision the coaching staff have offered this year”.

Lee Mitchell, Director of Curriculum at Burton and South Derbyshire College, said: “Effective collaboration between the college and BACT allows learners on the Football & Education programme to succeed in both their academic and athletic aspirations.

"The college are proud supporters and would like to congratulate all 3 of our teams on performing so well during the 23/24 season. The year has witnessed many success stories concluding with the outstanding achievement of the boys first-team being crowned CEFA Central One League Champions!”

For more information on this programme, please visit: Football & Education | Burton Albion Community Trust

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