BURTON Albion Community Trust are pleased to be teaming up with the Free Kicks Foundation to provide FREE holiday camp places to disadvantaged young people from across East Staffordshire this season. 

For the past three seasons the two charities have worked together to provide a number of free mascot packages for Burton Albion FC home fixtures, with the impact of COVID 19 and fans un able to attend fixtures the two charities have found an innovative solution to ensure that children and young adults can still have a football themed experience this season, during the February, Easter and May half terms. BACT will provide free places on their football camps and multi-sport activity sessions to children who may not be able to access the support if this opportunity wasn’t there. 

Free Kicks Foundation’s mission is to provide football-themed experiences to disadvantaged children and young adults at clubs all around the country. Since the charity launched in 2007, they have made it possible for over 1,000 amazing young people to attend matches and meet their favourite teams. The majority of recipients experience the day as a Team Mascot. This generally involves a tour of the ground, a new football kit, visiting the players in the dressing rooms, a coaching session on the pitch and, of course, leading the team out ahead of kick-off. 

John Widdowson, Community & Partnerships Manager for BACT, said “The Free kicks packages over the past few seasons have been a fantastic opportunity for the community to be inspired and engaged with Burton Albion Football Club, seeing a side they may not normally see on a match day.

“Seeing how happy the experiences make the children and the impact it has on the families is amazing, we are really pleased that despite a world pandemic this will continue this season and our relationship with Free Kicks continues to make a difference in the community.”

Steve Thorpe, Co-Founder and Trustee of Free Kicks Foundation said, “Since the pandemic hit, we have been unable to continue our usual activities of arranging for disadvantaged children to be team mascots so we decided we wanted to do whatever we could to continue to help. We have looked at other ways of working and are delighted to have teamed up with a number of clubs and community trusts who we already have brilliant relationships with, in order to provide 100’s of places for children to attend school holiday soccer schools. Burton Albion are one of these clubs, we have enjoyed a rewarding working partnership with them for several years now and are delighted to continue this during these unprecedented times.”

BACT would like to thank Free kicks Foundation for their continued support this season.