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After reading that the members of Clayton Park Rangers Football Club had had their 'home' burnt down, the Accrington Grammar School  Old Boys Association decided to contribute to acquiring some 'kit' to help the club's young members get on their feet again. Here in this photo we see the Old Boys' president, Fred Whittaker, presenting a cheque for £150 to buy a set of goal posts and nets for the youngest members of the club - those aged 4 to 7 years, collectively called 'The Clayton Snappers'

This snap was taken by Old Boy Alan Mitton and shows (Left to Right)  Bob Dobson (mem. sec) / Fred Whittaker (president)/ Michael Fowler (club chairman)/ Peter Edmundson (deputy president)/ Geoff Lund and Gareth Cross (club secretary)  The caps worn by the Old Boys are their 'badge of office' and are those worn by the prefects and other pupils in the 1950s. The presentation ceremony took place in the gym at St Christopher's School where these 'Snappers' were taking part in a training session on a Saturday morning recently.

The Association raises funds from the membership so that the members can 'put something back' into the wider education of the town's youngsters as payment for the education which their school and the town gave to them.

The club has 40 adult members and  16 aged under 13yrs in addition to the 'Snappers'


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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