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Stanley Football courses return this June


Our popular Football development centres will return to Stanley Sports Hub on Monday 7th June 6pm till 7pm.

The sessions cater for all children aged 4-10, boys and girls. The sessions are a fun way to learn new skills and help develop your child into a better player; sessions cover a range of footballing topics followed by small sided games.

Head of Sport Lee Walsh explains ‘the sessions cater for everybody, whether it’s your first time playing football or you’re a regular player you will find each week extremely enjoyable’.

The cost of a session is just £3.50 when booked online or £4 if you turn up on the night.

Returning on Saturday 12th June is our football course for 2 -4 year olds, Stanley Kickers at St Christopher’s 9am till 10am and 10am till 11am.

The sessions are aimed at those children that are taking their first steps into football getting them used to the feel of the ball at their feet.

As well as this, the sessions help improve their body awareness, mobility as well as their fitness. All children work with a ball of their own allowing them to improve their balance and coordination which in turn gives them the ability to build the self-confidence and self-esteem.

Pre booking is essential for this course.

To book both of these course please visit  https://www.stanleytrust.co.uk/us/book-online/ or call the office on 01254 475013.



Alice Clarke has just made Lancashire League history, having been chosen for a competitive first team match for Accrington against Rishton in The President’s Cup last weekend and becoming the first woman to achieve this in the Lancashire League.

I caught up with Alice on the phone and asked her how it all came about.

“Cricket is a family thing,” she told me.

“My Dad played for and captained Accrington for many years and both my brother and cousin play. I’ve been going to the cricket almost since I was born.

“I started playing cricket at a very young age; well I don’t know if you could call it cricket at the time because I couldn’t even hold a bat properly, but I just wanted to be down with my family.”

Well Alice, look at you now.

Alice is a wicket-keeper and opening batter and in her debut scored 10 runs and caught her only chance behind the stumps without conceding any byes, so it was a pleasing debut.

Alice also plays for Lancashire Women where she progressed through the age ranks, and made her Lancashire Women’s first team debut at the age of 17. She is now preparing to take her place in the squad for The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, the latest franchise for women players. She has been named on The North-West Thunder squad, including players for Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria and is now focused on getting as many match day games as possible in the hope of taking her place in the team at some stage. Preferably in the final on the 26th September because that will mean that ‘Thunder’ made it all the way.

She is particularly looking forward to some of the away matches which will take place at County grounds such as Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, the homes of many a Test Match. Alice told me:

“It will be great to even experience that and we are training a lot to be a part of it all.”

I asked Alice who was her favourite woman cricketer and she didn’t hesitate.

“I’ve got to say Sarah Taylor.”

When I googled that lady, I immediately understood why. Not only is she a legend in the women’s game, she, like Alice, also keeps wicket and opens the one-day batting; an ideal role model for an up and coming cricketer. Sarah also played Test Matches where she kept wicket and batted in the middle order, her last one being in 2019 against Australia. Since then she has retired from International games. She made 146 test appearances, played 106 ODI games and 17 at T20I level.

I put it to Alice that someday she might don the England whites.

“That is what we all hope for,” she says, “but for now I’m concentrating on Accrington and the Lancashire Women’s team.”

I asked Lancashire and Accrington legend David Lloyd for his comments on Alice’s achievement and he thought it was excellent that she had done this with Accrington. He said:

“Terrific for Alice and women’s cricket. More and more women are breaking into League teams. Kate Cross, Emma Lamb.... doing fine with telling contributions.”

Alice is now 19 and in the second year of a university course at Edge Hill, studying human biology, although she is really hoping to make cricket her career.

It was a pleasure to interview her and I really hope she achieves every success in her chosen sport and makes it all the way to the top.

Peter Jones 2020

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Highly successful Burnley FC programme to launch at Accrington and Rossendale College

The highly successful Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team programme that mixes football skills and academic study is coming to Accrington and Rossendale College from September.

Benefiting both male and female footballers aiming for a career in the industry or wider sports coaching and performance sector, the programme’s launch is part of a campaign to bring the extraordinary to Accrington and Rossendale College, after its merger with Nelson and Colne College – one of the leading colleges in the country across a range of academic measures.

Since the BFC Shadow Youth Team launched with Nelson and Colne College in 2015, 408 young people have completed the programme, with a further 32 completing the female equivalent, the Girls’ Post-16 Academy.

Last season, 117 students studied on the programme, and alongside their BTEC qualification, 28 Shadow Youth Team graduates secured their FA Level 1 Football Coaching award. Players have progressed onto impressive destinations both in the UK and overseas including university, employment, Apprenticeships, semi-professional and professional football.

The launch also comes at a time where the campus at Accrington and Rossendale College is undergoing £4 million of improvements, to ensure students have access to the best industry standard facilities to help them develop vital skills for their future.

Steven Buckley, Head of Division for Sport at Nelson and Colne College Group, said: “I’m delighted at this development, and it brings a high-quality, established programme with a track record of positive results to strengthen the vocational offer at Accrington and Rossendale College.

“The practical element of this full-time programme is delivered by an experienced team of UEFA licensed coaches, while the academic element is delivered by our brilliant teaching team within the Nelson and Colne College Group.

“As a student on the Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team – male or female – you can not only expect the highest quality of training from industry experts, but also a wide range of fantastic opportunities to enhance your learning, leading on to exciting futures.”

Olivia Riley, 17, is one of the existing female Girls Post-16 Academy players on the Burnley FC programme. She said: “I’ve played football from the age of 10, and this programme is absolutely perfect for me. As well as training and playing competitive football games, it is supporting my career aspirations of becoming a physiotherapist or a coach.

“In the classroom I’m learning a range of areas including anatomy, psychology and conditioning and fitness. On the pitch, female football is growing all the time, and the standard is improving with it. We’ve played and beaten Manchester City and Everton’s teams this year, so it is going really well.”

Harry Richardson, 19, was last year’s star award winner for the Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team, progressing on to Leeds Beckett University, where he now studies Science of Sport Performance.

Harry said: “The BFC Shadow Youth Team programme was definitely the best route for me. I love football and I always knew I wanted to work in sport, whether it was coaching, teaching, or in strength and conditioning. The fact I could study a BTEC and train and play football under high quality coaches was a win, win.

“In the classroom, the teaching was very good, and it really supported me to achieve my Triple Distinction* grade at the end of the course. Now I’m at university, I’m building on the knowledge I gained during my BTEC at College. Because I was from out of the immediate area when I went to College and didn’t know anybody, the progression to university has been quite simple for me as I had the confidence from doing it all before.”

Included within the £4million of improvements at Accrington and Rossendale College are brand new industry-standard Hair and Beauty salons, innovative study spaces, and a revamped specialist Learning Resource Centre.

There are also dedicated Learner Services and Careers areas and a remodelled and modern student Refectory. Coming soon is the redevelopment of the Construction and Automotive building and transformational green space creation to enhance the campus environment.

Applicants looking to apply to Accrington and Rossendale College still have the time. If you would like to apply to study at Accrington and Rossendale College, contact 01282 440272 or visit www.accross.ac.uk

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Funding sets Wheels in Motion for Trust

Accrington Stanley Community Trust have received a grant of £20,000 from the Postcode Community Trust which has helped fund a brand new community minibus.

The minibus will enable the Trust to transport disadvantaged people to activities across east Lancashire which will address personal wellbeing, self-esteem, self-confidence, resilience and reduce social isolation, providing beneficiaries with the support they need. It will strengthen the effectiveness of the Trust’s various projects, sustain engagement and more beneficiaries will go on to sustainable outcomes. The primary users will be disabled children, young people from areas of deprivation and older socially isolated adults.

Martin Fearon, CEO of the Trust said ‘’this minibus will be a huge benefit to our local community and promote a healthier lifestyle through sport by encouraging individuals to take part in fun sport based activities. It will allow our charity to provide a number of extra activities that we don’t currently deliver as well as supporting existing provision.
Hyndburn is in the top 10% of deprivation in the country and therefore many people in the area have limited opportunities due to barriers such as finance and transport. This project will allow us to provide transport to over 250 positive, engaging and fun sessions for beneficiaries who have had much less provision opportunities than others.’’

This project has been made possible by a grant from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk


Stanley Trust to get even more kids moving in Hyndburn, Rossendale & Ribble Valley.

Stanley Trust launches the 2nd year of the +Sport Move and Learn Project, in partnership with Ferrero and the EFL Trust.

Stanley Trust, Ferrero and the EFL Trust are delighted to announce that they are embarking on the 2nd year of their +Sport Move and Learn partnership in Hyndburn, Ribble valley and Rossendale. The specially designed primary schools programme encourages children to take part in physical activity, while helping them to understand the importance of a balanced diet and an active lifestyle.

The +Sport Move and Learn Project is part of Ferrero’s global Kinder + Sport CSR initiative that has already encouraged 15 million children across the world to follow an active lifestyle.

Locally, over the course of six weeks, children from year 5 spend time in the classroom learning about the body, nutrition and the importance of exercise, through participating in interactive activities. This is then followed by a session dedicated to playing football, dodgeball or handball, with two weeks spent on each sport.

To date, Stanley Trust has delivered the programme locally in 30 schools, with 1200 children impacted. To build on this success, this year they will be reaching a further 30 schools and another 1200 children.

The first schools taking part this year are: St James Haslingden, St Pauls Oswaldtwistle, Peel Park, St Leonards Langho and St Nicholas’ Accrington.

Stanley Trust’s Josh Cooper who delivers the project is a huge supporter of the Kinder + Sport Move and Learn Project, saying “It’s vital that we educate children from a young age on a balanced diet and encourage an active lifestyle. The Kinder +Sport Move and Learn Project is a really fun and interactive project engaging thousands of children each year. I’m extremely proud to be able to support such an important programme”.

A spokesperson from Ferrero said: “We are delighted to be working with Stanley Trust again this year for the +Sport Move and Learn Project, an integral part of Ferrero’s Kinder + Sport Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Our partnership with the EFL Trust and all our member clubs has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and we are proud that together we have inspired thousands of children to discover new ways to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Mike Evans, Director of Operations at the EFL Trust said: “The +Sport Move and Learn Project and our partnership with Ferrero is growing from strength to strength. The power of sport and the club badge allows our network of community trusts to deliver key messages, such as tackling obesity, to reach out to the wider community. We are committed to helping the next generation discover the joy of moving and we look forward to continuing to work with Ferrero and our own network to achieve this.”

Local image: classroom based/activity based

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Calling all Stanley fans aged 12 and under – join the Junior Redz this season to receive;

  • Membership card.
  • Certificate of membership.
  • Personal welcome letter from Winstanley.
  • Free entry into the home mascot draw.
  • Monthly newsletter.
  • Personal Birthday Card.
  • Free entry to the annual end of season party.
  • Chance to meet the Stanley players at various Junior Redz activities.
  • 10% online discount on all Accrington Stanley Community Trust full course bookings.
  • 10% discount on items in the Accrington Stanley Club Shop.
  • Free ticket to all Stanley league matches (must be accompanied by an adult).

For more information on the Junior Redz please contact the Community Trust on 01254 304071 or email info@stanleytrust.co.uk
Please note the Junior Redz is a season long membership, you must join each season in order to retain your membership.

*All income raised from Junior Redz will go to Accrington Stanley Community Trust (Registered Charity No; 1139575) to support in delivering much needed community work in Hyndburn and the surrounding areas.

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Accrington Stanley community trust are delighted to announce they are launching their first ever Girls Development Centre. This will run every Monday evening 7:30pm – 8:30pm at Accrington Academy High School.

The sessions will be a great opportunity for girls aged 11-16 to take part in organised fun sessions aimed at teaching and developing their football skills. Sessions will be delivered by the clubs Female Development Officer Amy Bland, who has been working hard over the last 12 month developing female sports sessions across the borough. She explains;

‘The sessions will be aimed at those who already play football and those who just want to come and give it a go, sessions will be active and fun from the start and we encourage as many girls as possible to come and get involved’ for more info on the sessions please visit our website www.stanleytrust.co.uk or contact 01254 304071

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