A LONG standing Friend of the Community has agreed to continue its support for the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) Football and Education programme, by agreeing to continue as headline sponsor.

Raygar Architectural & Engineering Supplies Ltd (RAES) is an independent supplier of ironmongery, tools and fixings based in Derby. The firm, and MD Ray Garlick, have been supporters and sponsors of Burton Albion Football Club now for many years, supporting with sponsorship at club, academy and community levels.

The Football and Education Programme is delivered in partnership with Burton & South Derbyshire College. The programme is designed to guide males and females aged 16-18 through their journey as student athletes. The course combines practical and theory based approaches to increase an athlete’s performance on the field, and increase their knowledge of the wider sporting industry.

The programme enables you gain an excellent Education, by gaining industry recognised qualifications delivered by Burton and South Derbyshire College and you will train and play for Burton Albion Football Club with coaching received from UEFA and FA qualified football coaches.

Individuals are offered to study at Level 2 and Level 3 depending on prior attainment.

Ray Garlick, RAES Managing Director, said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to continue our support of the programme.

“It’s really important for us to be a Friend of the Community and to support the fantastic work that BACT does, in particular with helping to combine football and education for people aged 16-18.”

Head of Community, Matt Hancock, said: “It’s fantastic. Ray is a big part of the club and has been involved for a long time. To have him continuing his support for the Football and Education programme and supporting its development is massive for us.

“I’m very excited about how far this programme can go and with RAES support it will give us every chance of progressing it to an even higher standard than our team have already gotten it to.

For more information about the programme, click here.