Female Sport Education Scholarship

Accrington Stanley Community Trust are proud to announce the launch of a new Female Sport Education Scholarship Programme in September 2018. This is a unique opportunity for 16-19 year olds who enjoy taking part in any sport that want to pursue a career in the sporting industry.

This course will be catered to the individual’s as we want our scholars to strive to be the best they can. We will offer a range of different sports such as football, tennis, dance etc which will be based on the needs of the learners.

As a Sport Scholar with Accrington Stanley Community Trust, your academic progression is taken as seriously as your sporting development. Once you have achieved your GCSE results you will be enrolled onto one of our two education programmes.

BTEC Level 2 in Sport

The Btec Level 2 in Sport is a 1 year course which involves education, work experience, practical. The course follows the same structure as a college meaning students will find themselves in Monday-Friday within the hours of 9am-4pm term time only.

The minimum requirements for this course are 2 D’s or above at GCSE level. Students who enrol onto this programme will study with us for 12 months, when they complete the qualification they will start the Btec Level 3 programme the following academic year.

BTEC Level 3 in Sport

The Btec Level 3 in Sport is a 2 year course which involves education, work experience, practical. The course follows the same structure as a college meaning students will find themselves in Monday-Friday within the hours of 9am-4pm term time only. This is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and allows entrance into University.

The minimum requirements for this course are 4 GCSE’s or equivalent at C (Grade 4) or above. This course will provide valuable insight to the sporting industry and will cover a range of different units so you can see what part of the sporting world you are most interested in. Below are the topic you will cover in the Btec Level 3 in Sport.

Year 1:

  • Principles of Anatomy & Physiology
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
  • Fitness Training for Sport & Exercise
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports Performance (Equivalent to 1 A Level)
  • Technical & Tactical Skills in Sport
  • The Athlete’s Lifestyle

Year 2:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Exercise, Health & Lifestyle
  • Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise (Equivalent to 2 A levels)
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Talent Identification & Development in Sport
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sport
  • Sport as a Business

If you are passionate about sport and want to further develop in the sporting industry, this course will be a fantastic opportunity for you. If you would like to know more or would like to apply follow the link below.


Stanley Kickers – New Course

Our popular weekly football session for 2-4 year olds returns Sat 24th Feb 9:30am.

Stanley Kickers is designed to cater for children aged two to four years old who are taking their first steps into football. They are parent friendly, child specific and provide an introduction to the basic skills of football. Each child works with their own ball and this enables them to learn to master ball skills from an early age.

The sessions also use football as a means to achieve the following:

  • Improve body awareness, mobility and fitness.
  • Improve balance and coordination.
  • Develop initial literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Increase self-confidence.
  • Build self-esteem.
  • Learn to share and take turns

Our carefully planned programme is about a great deal more than just developing your child’s affinity with football, it is about giving them a well-rounded start in their physical, social and educational development and developing the ‘whole child’.

Our structured sessions allow parents to spend quality time with their child, safe in the knowledge that they are helping to develop the ABC skills of Agility, Balance & Coordination. This approach ensures that children are learning to build the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and are beginning a lifelong relationship with sport and physical activity.

The classes are structured in such a way that parents are able to take away short activities to play with their children at home. We actively encourage you to practice at home, thereby promoting physical activity throughout the week and encouraging structured play. This type of activity forms a vital part of a young child’s development and lays the foundation upon which all later learning depends.

Sessions follow a familiar format each week, as regular routines help children to feel secure and gain confidence. Children and parents also get the opportunity to share those first unforgettable, goal-scoring adventures.

The sessions are priced at just £4 and take place every saturday Morning 9:30am-10:30am at Accrington Academy High School

You can also book the full course online and receive a discount (£3.50 per session) CLICK HERE 

For more info please visit www.stanleytrust.co.uk or call 01254 304071

Easter Holiday 10% Discount

Have you thought about using our holiday courses this Easter holiday to keep your little ones entertained? Whether they love football or enjoy arts and crafts we have you covered.

Make a booking before Friday 2nd March to receive 10% discount. Use the discount code ‘easter18’ at the checkout.

Starting on Monday 26th March 2018 the first week runs until Thursday 29th March. The second week of the holiday courses runs from Tuesday 3rd April to Friday 6th April. Children can arrive from 8.30am and chose to stay to either 3pm or 5pm with prices starting from £12 per day or £40 for the full week.


The offer runs across all three courses below:
Activity Club
Our Activity Club development team has carefully put together course itineraries that cover a wide range of different topics including, Arts and Crafts, Dance, Acting, Singing, Cinema Club, Multi-Sports, Games and much more. These allow children to develop, working individually or in pairs to develop and working in small groups to encourage skill acquisition and decision making.

Soccer School
Our soccer schools cover a wide range of football related topics including, control, passing, dribbling, shooting, heading and match play. Our coaches use a variety of activities to allow children to develop, coaching individually or in pairs to develop technique and working in small groups to encourage skill acquisition and decision making. Every day, children will have the chance to practice in small-sided games and every course will finish with a tournament for players to showcase their new skills.


Elite Coaching Soccer School
Our Elite Coaching Soccer Schools take place on state of the art 3G AstroTurf and all sessions are led by Accrington Stanley coaches working on behalf of the Community Trust with minimum UEFA ‘B’ coaching qualifications who work to a specifically designed technical program which is age related with the main emphasis on development and ball mastery. The coaching is structured around the FC Barcelona philosophy of Tiki-Taka football and every day will consist of technical and high tempo football sessions. The number of places on the courses will be restricted to ensure the coach to player ratio is always kept at an optimal level. The children who will attend the course will be a mixture of the Accrington Stanley Football Club Academy players and local grass roots players who will all be keen to come and develop as footballers over the course of the programme.
Our courses will provide entertainment and care for your child during the holidays which may enable you to continue your busy schedule as a parent. Whether that is a week of football or a week of activities, we can cater for the needs of all boys and girls with our holiday courses.

All of our holiday courses run from the state of the art facilities at Accrington Academy. The academy is a private property and is not used by the general public, therefore ensuring your child is in a safe and secure environment at all times.
To book your child onto our holiday courses click here.

Stanley Trust team up with Gulliver’s

Accrington Stanley Community Trust have teamed up with Gulliver’s this week to give the children attending their half-term holiday course a free ticket treat!

Both the Soccer School and Activity Club participants received a free child’s ticket to attend any of the three Gulliver’s theme parks based in Warrington, Milton Keynes and Matlock Bath for their efforts in taking part this week. The Activity Club aims to engage children aged four to 12 years in structured, fun based holiday activities. The Soccer School is an organised holiday football coaching club for 4 to 12 year olds.

At the end of the week, Friday 16th February, club coaches Elle Kayley and Matt Parkinson pick a runner up and winner from each of the two clubs to present with certificates, trophies and the prize of a Gulliver’s trip FREE for one adult and one child.

This half-term holiday winners for the Activity Club were Olivia Hartley, with Ben Hall being runner-up. Louie Barrow took home first place for the Soccer School with friend, Joshua Hartley coming in second place.

(L-R) Accrington Stanley mascot, Winstanley, Ben Hall (6), Joshua Hartley (12), Louie Barrow (5), Olivia Gallagher(7) and Matt Parkinson (25), Football Development Officer

Elle Kayley, Female Football Development Officer, said:

“It’s fantastic for kids to come down and, not only get involved in sports, but also learn new skills and make new friends. We’re thankful to Gulliver’s for providing these rewards for the children as it gives them some encouragement to behave and to try their best with the activities they take part in throughout the week. We’re proud of the holiday courses we offer at the Trust and often find that the same children come back time and time again which is testament to the hard work we do really.”

Julie Dalton, Managing Director at Gulliver’s Theme Parks, said:

“A huge part of Gulliver’s ethos is to try and get children up and active so we take great pleasure in giving the tickets to community sports clubs as a means to encourage children to get involved.”

For more information about Accrington Stanley Community Trust and the work they do with children in and around Accrington visit http://www.stanleytrust.co.uk/holiday-courses/

For more information about Gulliver’s Theme Parks visit www.gulliversfun.co.uk

Hyndburn Leisure Trust Become a Friend

Hyndburn Leisure Trust have signed up to become a ‘Friend of Accrington Stanley Community Trust’.

This is a new initiative that was recently launched by the Trust, aimed at getting businesses involved with supporting the charity.

The ‘Friends of Accrington Stanley Community Trust’ scheme provides an ideal way for local businesses to engage its corporate social responsibility by supporting an organisation that improves health, social inclusion levels, as well as delivering sport and education programmes to over 15,000 local people.

Lyndsey Sims, CEO of Hyndburn Leisure Trust said “Our vision is to promote Better Leisure, Better Culture, Better Lives and we are really looking forward to growing our partnership with ASCT to help us expand that work.

Football is embedded in the heart of our community so this is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as two organisations who are passionate about physical activity to really make a difference in Hyndburn.”

By donating or fundraising £1000 to Accrington Stanley Community Trust, organisations or individuals will receive a variety of benefits such as use of the ‘Friends of Accrington Stanley Community Trust’ logo and advertising benefits such as social media coverage, website links and match day programme exposure.

ASCT Chief Executive Officer, Martin Fearon said ‘’we are delighted that Hyndburn Leisure Trust have signed up to this scheme.

We have worked in partnership with them for a number of years and a key highlight was securing around £150k to construct new changing and classroom facilities at the leisure centre in 2016. We will continue to build this partnership going forward as we look to apply for more external funding to deliver a range of new projects in Hyndburn.’’

To find out more, or to become a friend of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, get in touch with Martin Fearon, on martin.fearon@stanleytrust.co.uk or call 01254 304071. You can also find more information by clicking the following link; http://www.stanleytrust.co.uk/partnership-opportunities/

Female Football & Education Programme

A pathway where likeminded, local, talented female footballers can maximise their personal progression both on and off the pitch

The Female Football & Education Programme is an outstanding opportunity for young talented footballers between the ages of 16-19 to continue their academic, footballing and career development.

The programme provides the chance for players to combine an intensive 11-a-side football training and fixture programme with a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, over a two-year period.

  • Study a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
  • Units include Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Coaching, and Sports Psychology
  • Learning environment immersed within a professional football club setting enables students to learn through a series of access-all-areas tours, guest speakers, and off-site visits

A diverse and engaging training programme is delivered by FA and UEFA qualified coaches and includes tactical, fitness and technical sessions.

Elle Kayley Female Football Development Officer said, ‘This is an exciting opportunity to learn in a professional environment with the added benefit of representing Accrington Stanley.’

Sound interesting?

To register your interest please fill out the form below and someone will contact you with more details. Alternatively call the office on 01254 304071 or email admin@stanleytrust.co.uk

Education Scholarship - Apply

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Football Development Centre Returns

Our very successful Football development Centres return after the 1/2 term break on Monday 19th Feb 2018! The sessions run every Monday evening and are held at Accrington Academy High School.

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.

Accrington Stanley Community Trust have been running the football development centres since 2010 and have seen a large number of children developing and enjoying their football over this time.

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 timings for the session are as follows;

4-6 year olds 17:30 – 18:30

7-10 year olds 18:30 – 19:30

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

For more info and to book your child’s place  CLICK HERE or give us a call on 01254 304071

Vacancy: Winstanley the Mascot

Accrington Stanley Community Trust is looking for a fan to fill some big (and wooly) shoes!

The Trust are looking for volunteers to share the role of our mascot Winstanley. Applicants must be happy to work at Accrington Stanley first team home games and some events such as public fundraisers, private workshops and press appearances.

No previous experience is required but you must have a good sense of humour. Winstanley’s job will be to help promote Accrington Stanley Football Club to thousands of people by interacting with fans of all ages, posing for photographs and leading the pre match activties.

This position is voluntary for people aged 16 or over and successful candidates will be required to undertake a full DBS check.

If you are interested in this opportunity please email lee.walsh@stanleytrust.co.uk If you require more information please contact us on 01254 304071.

Female Football Education Scholarship

Accrington Stanley Community Trust introduced a football education scholarship programme in September 2012. Last year in 2017 was the first year we accepted girls onto the course. ASCT provide a unique opportunity for 16-19 year olds who enjoy football to pursue a career in sports.

Our courses are designed to bring out the best in our scholars and your academic progression is taken as seriously as your sporting development.


The BTEC Level 2 is a 1 year course which involves education, work experience, practical training and matches. The minimum requirements for this course are 2 D’s or above at GCSE level. Students who enrol onto this programme will study with us for 12 months, when they complete the qualification they will start the BTEC Level 3 programme the following academic year.

The BTEC Level 3 in Sport is a 2 year course which involves education, work experience, practical training and matches. The Btec Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport – Equivalent to 3 A-Levels and allows entrance to University

Training and Matches

Not only do you get your education but you also have the chance to train like a professional club would. Training will take place in the form of three 90 minute sessions per week at Hyndburn Leisure Centre by Accrington Stanley coaches. Training is designed to replicate the environment of a young professional sports person, and includes technical and tactical development as an individual and as a team member.

An integral part of player development is to participate in competitive fixtures in Football and Futsal. Student on the Football Education Scholarship come together to play regular fixtures as part of the EFL Futsal League. Players represent their club wearing the current club kit, having the opportunity to play against other professional club teams.

Accrington Stanley Ladies

As a scholar on the course you have the opportunity to join Accrington Stanley Ladies, who are a new team are competing in the Lancashire FA County Women’s League. They train once a week and match day is on a Sunday, led by qualified coaches and volunteers.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining the Football Education Scholarships the first step is to fill out our online ‘expression of interest’ form on the link below.


After you have completed this a member of our team will get in touch with you, letting you know more details along with sending out an application pack in the post.

If you have any further questions please contact 01254 304071

Board of Trustees Update

Accrington Stanley Community Trust held their annual general meeting this morning and would like to give an update on the board of Trustees.

After serving as a board member and Chair of Trustees for the last 7 years, Peter Shaw has retired from his position. Peter joined the board in November 2011, during the early stages of the charity. During his tenure the charity has seen accelerated growth in all areas year on year and is now an award winning charity, after picking up the Hyndburn Community Business of the year award in 2016.

Peter Shaw

Also retiring from his position is Terry Neville, who served 4 years as a trustee. Terry used his experience in the education sector to help develop this area of the charities activities.

Terry Neville

Accrington Stanley Community Trust would like to congratulate both Peter and Terry for their dedication and wonderful service to our charity and the community of Hyndburn.

The trustees have unanimously appointed long serving trustee, David Keeley as the new Chair. David has been with the charity since November 2011 and speaking after his appointment said ‘’I wish to thank the trustees for their confidence in my appointment. The Trust are about to move into some exciting times with the proposed £2.5m Sports Hub facility and all the other many activities that the Trust are involved in.

We will continue to ensure that improving the local area is our main focus, involving as much of the community as possible through our variety of charitable projects. I want to encourage the local community to get involved with the Trust and help us make Hyndburn a healthier place for everybody’’.

David Keeley

Accrington Stanley Community Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees whom have a responsibility for the strategy and direction of the Trust’s work. The current board of trustees are:

David Keeley (Chair)

Tony Dobson (Vice Chair)

Robert Houseman

Anne Ellwood

David Burgess

Purves Ali

If you would like to get in touch with the charity with any suggestions or ideas to improve our charitable activities, please contact Martin Fearon, CEO, on martin.fearon@stanleytrust.co.uk or 01254 304071.

Job Vacancy – NCS Programme Manager

Accrington Stanley Community Trust is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated individual to the full time role of NCS Programme Manager.

Job Description

Title: NCS Programme Manager

Salary: £17,000-£20,000 per annum dependent on experience (Plus bonuses, pension scheme and expenses)

Type of Contract: Full Time – 1 Year Rolling Contact (Based on successful delivery and repeat funding of the programme)

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Accrington Stanley Community Trust Offices

Hours: 37.5 hours a week – including some evenings, weekends and holidays (inc residential weeks)

Closing Date: Monday 12th February 2018

How to Apply: Please send CV and Cover Letter titled NCS Officer by email to jobs@stanleytrust.co.uk

Job Summary (The main purpose of the job)

Accrington Stanley Community Trust is the award winning official charity of Accrington Stanley Football Club and is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated NCS (National Citizen Service) Programme Manager to organise and deliver our NCS project for young people aged 16-17.

This post involves leading, managing and delivering on all aspects of the National Citizen Service project. The role will include regular liaison with schools and colleges across Hyndburn and requires line managing all staff within this project.

The successful candidate must have project management experience and have work experience of working in a youth or community setting.

NCS is a voluntary programme for 16-17 year olds that will promote:

  • A more cohesive society by mixing participants of different backgrounds
  • A more responsible society by supporting the transition into adulthood for young people
  • A more engaged society by enabling young people to work together to create social action projects in their communities. (For more information visit http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ )

There is a minimum requirement for the holder to have a full valid UK driving licence with business insurance as travelling across east Lancashire and other areas will be part of this role.

Main Duties

  • To Plan, Implement and Manage the National Citizen Service (NCS) project whilst also leading on the residential and social action elements of the project
  • To be the main contact with EFLT National Co-ordinator and to provide reports as appropriate whilst working to tight deadlines.
  • To market the NCS opportunity through schools and colleges; use of existing forums and mechanism – e.g., match day programmes, websites and on-going youth activities; and identification of innovative ways to attract young people.
  • To sell the scheme to partners and recruit young people on to the local programme using a variety of mechanisms including presentations, social activities and innovative ways to engage the target group.
  • To have a proven track record of project management (minimum of 2 years’ experience).
  • To recruit appropriate staff and volunteers to deliver the programme, including a group of youth volunteers to act as Ambassadors for the NCS programme.
  • To book all necessary venues, activities and arrange other resources needs – for example Residential Centres, transportation and equipment/kit.
  • Engagement with local volunteer centres, community groups and charities for social action project opportunities.
  • To work alongside key stakeholders to promote health, education and inclusion in a positive way to the wider community. To liaise with Accrington Stanley FC in order to utilise club resources such as player appearances and marketing
  • To undertake outreach in the community to engage hard to reach young people and those whose first language is not English
  • To create signposting links to other Education and volunteering provisions for young people
  • To attend related networks, meetings and NCS events, supporting partnership and sharing good practice.
  • To liaise with a range of key stakeholders such as schools and parents to ensure effective engagement and participation in NCS.
  • Keep accurate up to date filing systems, data and records relating to the programme
  • To undertake project evaluation and monitoring as required
  • To support the marketing and promotion of NCS related activities
  • To ensure equality of opportunity is afforded to all persons both internal and external, actively seeking to eliminate any direct or indirect discriminatory practices/behaviour.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduate or Graduate Calibre.
  • Experience and knowledge of youth and community work.
  • Full and clean UK Driving Licence with own car.
  • At least 2 years project Management experience.


  • Outward bound related qualifications
  • FA Level 2 qualification or similar


  • Must have relevant experience. This will include coaching, teaching or mentoring within a sport or youth environment and some management skills.
  • Working within partnership and multi- agency programmes. Activity planning, project management and staff management.
  • Experience of delivering projects relating to sport and outward bound activities.
  • Experience of working in an environment with young people.
  • A proven track record of successful project implementation and administration.
  • A proven track record of working with external partners.
  • A proven track record of marketing and sales.
  • A proven ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Examples of self-motivation and the ability to work on own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills including written, telephone and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven planning and organisational skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience of writing reports and coordinating a Monitoring and Evaluation system.
  • Line management and supervisory experience
  • Ability to manage large projects and activities that involve young people’s participation
  • Good networking and facilitating skills
  • Ability and willingness to work outside normal hours, including evenings, weekends and residential weeks
  • An good understanding of the NCS programme

To apply for this role please email a CV with a covering letter by 5.00pm on Monday 12th February 2018 to jobs@stanleytrust.co.uk. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on Friday 16th February 2018.

In your covering letter you should draw on all relevant aspects of your experience, including paid employment and/or voluntary work and training to show how your skills, experience and personal qualities match the requirements of this job, which are set out on the above job description.

Accrington Stanley Community Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and employees to share this commitment. This role involves work with young people and is subject to DBS checks. As such this post is exempt for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and the applicant must disclose all previous convictions including spent convictions. One reference will also be required. Applicants will, in addition be expected to undertake training appropriate to the role.

Players Move & Learn

A group of year 5 pupils at Peel Park Primary School got a surprise when there lesson was visited by 2 members of the Accrington Stanley first team. Seamus Conneely and Janoi Donacian very kindly took time out to visit the school. The children were taking part in the Move & Learn project, a national programme which is delivered locally by Accrington Stanley Community Trust. With the focus of the session being carbohydrates and exercise the players took part in a Q&A with the children and told them all about their diets and the importance of exercise.

Our thanks go to Seamus and Janoi for being great sports and getting involved.

The Kinder +Sport Move and Learn Project is part of Ferrero’s global Kinder+Sport initiative designed to encourage an active lifestyle in children across the world, and has already reached 15m children. Targeted at primary school children aged between nine and ten years old, the programme combines six weeks of practical sporting sessions with classroom based activities.

During each 90-minute session, children will learn about the body, diet, nutrition, the importance of exercise and food groups and take part in a practical session of football, handball and dodgeball.

A spokesperson from Ferrero said: “We want to have a lasting impact on the activity levels and happiness of young people. Active children are more likely to grow into active adults, so we are passionate about inspiring future generations to embrace physical exercise and find the joy of living.

By working with such fantastic clubs, and having the generous support of their players and staff, we are making a real difference in ensuring children understand just how important it is to adopt a balanced diet alongside regular physical activity.”

Tel: 01254 304071