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Stanley Supports EFL Day of Action


On Tuesday 19 March, clubs across the Championship, League One and League Two hosted events for the EFL’s Day of Action 2019, designed to showcase the very best of their work to tackle a diverse range of social issues, from homelessness and mental health, to community cohesion and the battle against plastic pollution.

Up and down the country, managers and players from the EFL’s 72 Clubs attended events to pay special visits to participants and turn their hand to some of the activities taking place throughout the day.

 Accrington Stanley Community Trust work with hundreds people in the local community daily to help educate and inspire them through sport. We marked the day by visiting local primary and secondary schools  as well as delivering our disability junior sports session.

Players from Accrington Stanley’s first team made a surprise visit to Benjamin Hargreaves after school football session. Luke Armstrong and Ross Sykes joined our coaches at Benjamin Hargreaves after school football session to surprise the participants and help coach the session.

Lee Walsh commented ‘‘we would like to thank Luke and Ross for being part of our Day of Action. The children loved meeting then and having them help coach their football session. We hope it inspires them to stay active and continue playing sports’

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “The EFL Day of Action brings together all 72 Clubs to highlight the special role they play in enhancing the lives of millions of people around the country.

“The scale of ground-breaking projects across our network of clubs continues to grow year-on-year and their delivery is integral to our aims of improving lives in a range of areas including inclusion, homelessness, education and health.”


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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