Stanley appoint Player Ambassadors

Accrington Stanley have appointed  player ambassadors from the first team to liaise with the Community Trust and help drive community initiatives.

Each player will represent one of the Trust’s 4 key themes and act as an ambassador and role model for the community.

The player ambassadors for the 2017/18 season are as follows:

Seamus Conneely – Education

Scott Brown– Sports Participation

Billy Kee– Health

Mark Hughes– Social Inclusion

Speaking about the PFA led scheme Seamus Conneely said ‘It is great to get out there and give something back to the community. We often go into schools helping deliver coaching and taking part in question and answer sessions. The children always look thrilled when a professional footballer comes into their school and it is great for us to engage with them. Myself and three other players are now acting as ambassadors for our club and we look forward to continuing our player appearances this season’.

The ambassadors will be the public figurehead of a number of different schemes run by the Community Trust and endorsed by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).


Stanley Trust To Get More Kids Moving

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 Paul’s 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 healthy 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 Accrington Stanley 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 images:  Classroom based/ Activity based


Josh Cooper; 01254 304071

The +Sport Move and Learn Project is a UK in-school programme developed by Ferrero and the EFL Trust as part of Ferrero’s global Kinder + Sport initiative.

The programme content has been developed by nutritional and educational and sporting experts in line with the recommendations in the Government’s Eatwell Guide and its learning outcomes are in line with the National Curriculum for PSHE and Science.

In 2017/18, the clubs taking part in the programme are Blackburn Rovers; Coventry City; Charlton Athletic; Derby County; Middlesbrough FC; Sheffield United; Watford; Cork City; Celtic FC; Rangers FC; Plymouth Argyle; Brentford; Burton Albion; MK Dons; Notts County; Portsmouth; Rotherham United, Southend United, Fleetwood Town, Accrington Stanley, Cardiff City, Newport County, Colchester United, Exeter City and Leyton Orient; all of whom were part of the programme in 2016/17. New to the programme in 2017/18 are Millwall FC, Bristol Rovers, QPR and Stevenage.


Kinder + Sport is a responsible global project developed by Ferrero Group aimed at supporting physical activity among young generations.

As one of the Company’s core CSR pillars, the programme is designed to promote active lifestyles by encouraging dynamic play and sports among children and their families and stimulating them to make physical activity a regular part of their lives.


Present in the UK since 1966, Ferrero is a leading family-owned global company. Ferrero is the fourth-largest player in the global confectionery market (FT, 2015) and its unique and iconic brands are well-loved throughout the UK.  Ferrero’s brand portfolio includes: nutella; 400g is the UK’s No.1 selling spread SKU[1]; Ferrero Rocher, the UK’s no.2 classic boxed chocolate brand[2]; tic tac, the no.5 pocket confectionery brand[3]; Kinder Surprise, the no.3 kids confectionery[4] brand; Kinder Bueno, a top 10 countline brand[5], and most recently Thorntons, Britain’s much-loved chocolate manufacturer and retailer.  The success of each brand is based on quality products which are carefully crafted and supported with significant investment, to deliver great tastes for customers and strong profits for retailers.

Ferrero’s multi-million pound acquisition of Thorntons in 2015 is part of its continued investment in the competitive UK market. The transaction brought together two highly complementary businesses that share the same passion for innovative brand growth, underpinned by a proud heritage with drive and culture built upon family foundations. Ferrero is committed to building a strong and sustainable company that will continue to surprise and delight consumers with high quality confectionery products and experiences.


The EFL Trust is a national football charity which unites the inspirational work delivered across England and Wales by its dedicated network of community trusts associated to EFL clubs. These charities have a combined annual turnover of over £44 million, and 2,500 members of staff, including teachers, coaches and professional health workers.

Football clubs are the heart and soul of their communities and have the power to reach people where others fall short. The Trust embraces this magic to raise the aspirations of millions by delivering dynamic initiatives to a diverse demographic. Using the magnetism of club badges to connect, The Trust tackles society’s greater goals by promoting people and championing community through powerful projects built upon a foundation of sport, education, inclusion and health.

Keenans Sponsor Ladies Home Kit

Accrington Stanley Ladies FC will start their inaugural season with a dynamic new home shirt sponsor – Keenans Estate Agents.

Keenans Estate Agents Ltd are an independent family founded business with a reputation for unrivalled service. A diligent approach to each sale and a friendly, thorough, key stage process that keeps you informed throughout the legal sale or purchase of a property.

Starting as a small family run business over six years ago, they encouraged each member of staff to adopt their empathetic and detailed approach to customer service.

This led to a growth of seven key branches and over 70 staff members, making Keenans one of the fastest growing Estate Agencies and one of the largest seller of residential homes in the marketplace. They enjoy what they do and take their role with responsibility, reassuring you that you’re in safe hands.

Michael Keenan, one of the Directors of Keenans Estate Agents, said: “We are incredibly proud to support the Accrington Stanley Ladies Football Team. It gives us great pleasure to be so involved in our local community and to be able give something back.’’

Martin Fearon, Accrington Stanley Community Trust CEO, said: “This sponsorship deal with Keenans Estate Agents is great news for everyone involved with the new Accrington Stanley Ladies team. It will help provide a brand new Adidas home kit for the team to wear with pride.

“They put us on a strong footing going forward and allow us to focus on giving our best performance on the pitch, knowing we have some top flight sponsors backing us. With the new season starting in September, we aim to do them proud.”

For more information about the home shirt sponsor Keenans Estate Agents, visit

Ladies Development Team: Coaching Vacancies

Accrington Stanley Ladies FC are currently looking to recruit a Development Team Head Coach and Assistant Coach.

Both roles are voluntary and the successful applicants will help establish a new Development Team to work alongside the Accrington Stanley Ladies First-Team. Days and hours will be determined by the training days and fixtures of the team which are currently held on Tuesday evenings and Sunday’s.

The successful candidates will work as the on-pitch leads of the development team and will be primarily responsible for carrying out the following duties:

Job Description

  • To support the recruitment of new players into the development team.
  • To create a culture that maximises the development of each player within the club in all aspects of the FA four corner model.
  • To support the female coach development pathway within the club.
  • Implementing a training programme that works alongside the ladies first team.
  • Ensuring high standards of coaching delivery across the development team, taking into account current good practice.
  • To develop a strong relationship with the ladies first team setup.
  • Representing the club at relevant meetings.
  • To ensure club adheres to FA regulations and league rules.
  • To ensure club adheres to Respect guidelines.
  • Ensuring the club adheres to FA standards for safeguarding children.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the programme, continuously looking for ways to develop and improve.

Criteria Required

  • FA Level 2 Qualification. (FA Level 1 Coaches are eligible to apply, funding and support available from ASCT to access the FA Level 2 Qualification).
  • FA Licensed Coach (Member of the Licensed Coaches Club to cover safeguarding and first aid).
  • Empathy with young players with an ability to inspire.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build meaningful, strong strategic relationships.
  • Awareness of diversity and equality challenges in football.
  • Empathy and commitment to the long-term development of the game.
  • Willingness to work weekends.
  • Ability to travel independently.

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV with a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role via email to

Closing date for applications is 12noon on Friday 22nd September 2017.

Football Scholarships Underway

Today was the first day of our Football Scholarships which saw over 40 students take part in an induction day and a training session at Hyndburn Leisure Centre.

The students will spend 2-3 years based at Accrington Stanley Football Club studying a BTEC L2 or L3 in Sport and compete in both the North West 11aside Football League and Football League Futsal Division.

Today’s training session started the preparation for Wednesday’s first 11 aside fixture and next week’s Futsal Festival in Manchester, where we will come up against teams such as Preston North End, Blackpool and Fleetwood to name a few.

There are still a handful of places left on the course, more information below;

The BTEC Level 2 in Sport is a 1 year course which involves education, work experience, practical training and matches. 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.

The BTEC Level 3 in Sport is a 2 year course which involves education, work experience, practical training and matches. 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.

Course Details:

  • Study a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport – Equivalent to 3 A-Levels and allows entrance to University
  • Full time 2 year course based at Accrington Stanley Football Club.
  • All work is done on laptops via a state of the art virtual learning platform approved by the Department for Education.
  • Up to 17.5 hours of education per week at the stadium.
  • 4.5 hours of 11aside Football and Futsal training per week.
  • Compete in the English Colleges Category 3 11aside League.
  • Futsal league fixtures against other professional clubs as well as 7 and 11-aside matches.

Entry Requirements: 

  • Available to students aged 16-18 on completion of their GCSE’s.
  • A minimum of 4 GCSE’s or equivalent at C or above.
  • A keen interest in the football or sports industry.


  • Exit routes into University or foundation degrees.
  • Undertake coaching qualifications and refereeing qualifications.
  • Work experience opportunities in the sport and leisure industry.
  • Become a futsal player competing in the FLT Futsal League.
  • Play against clubs such as Preston, Blackpool, Leeds etc.
  • Professionally coached by Accrington Stanley coaches.
  • Become part of Accrington Stanley Football Club, represent the club, wear the kit and study at the stadium.
  • Watch the first team play in League Two matches at the stadium.

For more info please get in touch with the office 01254 304071 or visit our website

Trust Celebrate 7th Birthday

Accrington Stanley Community Trust, an award winning charity, is celebrating its 7th birthday this week!

In seven years, the charity has raised around £2million and with this has been able to develop and deliver a varied repertoire of projects and programmes, successfully engaging a staggering 10,000 people in the last 12 months across the areas of Hyndburn, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale.

Investing in frontline provision across our four key themes; sport participation, health, social inclusion and education, the charity has enjoyed unprecedented growth in all areas. In June 2016 the charity won the Hyndburn Community Business of the Year Award which was a fantastic achievement.

Only 7 years on from its founding, the charity now proudly has a number of positive outcomes, listed below:

  • We increase participation in Sport & Exercise in Hyndburn by providing a range of sporting opportunities.
  • We promote wellbeing and healthy lifestyles within local communities.
  • We provide activities that engage hundreds of disabled young people each year.
  • We run a hugely successful ‘Stanley Soccer League’ with over 400 adult participants playing 7 aside football every week.
  • We give free sports coaching sessions to disadvantaged young people who have very little access to such provision.
  • We facilitate Walking Football and socialising activities for over 50s in the area to increase exercise and reduce social isolation.
  • We develop and empower leaders, coaches and volunteers.
  • We engage and inspire young people, raising and celebrating educational achievement.
  • We have over 40 full time students studying BTEC qualifications and have progressed over 30 former students onto university.
  • We have affiliations with over 40 local primary schools and a further 18 secondary schools.

In addition to this, Accrington Stanley Community Trust now employs 11 full time individuals from the local area, with a further 15 part time staff members.

Martin Fearon, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust added: “It has been a great journey over the past seven years and we continue to go from strength to strength. We are an award winning charity that makes a positive impact in our community and we want to build on this over the next 12 months.

We have some exciting plans next year which include a range of new sport and education provision as well as a brand new sports hub facility proposal for the town. We have also secured funding from the Premier League, National Lottery and Sport England which will be invested into new and existing projects.’’

To find out more about the charity’s work, visit

Free Premier League Kicks Sessions

Accrington Stanley Community Trust are delighted to announce the Premier League Kicks programme resumes Monday 4th Sept 2017 at Hyndburn Leisure Centre 

The project provides weekly free football coaching sessions for 11-19 year olds. These sessions will give local youngsters an opportunity to train with professional coaches, get fitter and be healthier and learn and develop new skills. The weekly sessions in Accrington will take place as follows;

Mondays and Fridays (term time only)

Venue; Hyndburn Leisure Centre (3G pitch), Henry Street, Accrington

6pm – 7pm for 11-19 year olds

Head of Sport Lee Walsh explains ‘during the last academic year we had around 60 young people tuning up on a weekly basis to play football in a safe and structured environment, for free! its brilliant we can offer this opportunity again from Sept onwards.’

If you are interested in attending please turn up on the night. There is no need to pre book but if you do want to speak to somebody prior to attending the sessions you can contact our Sport Development team on 01254 304071 or email

Stanley Kickers Returns!

Accrington Stanley Community Trust resume the popular Stanley Kickers football sessions for children aged 2-4 years old on Saturday 9th September 2017 9.30am to 10.30am

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.

Just £3.50 per session if you book online HERE compared to £4 per session if you turn up on the day.

Football Development Centre Returns

Our very successful Football development Centres are set to return in September!

The sessions run every Monday evening and resume Mon 4th September 2017

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

Players Visit Children’s Holiday Clubs!

Last week, four members of the Accrington Stanley first team squad made a surprise visit to our summer holiday clubs. Goalkeeper Simon Bloch Jorgensen, Defender Janoi Donacien and midfielders Liam Nolan and Mekhi McLeod took time out to meet the children, answer questions, sign some autographs and have a few pictures.

The Community Trust Head of Sport Lee Walsh explains ‘the children were excited all day once we had told them some of the players were coming to visit. Many of the children had been thinking of good questions to ask the players and they were really pleased to be given posters for the players to sign!’

The visit was part of an ongoing effort to engage with members of the community especially young children who will hopefully be our fans of the future.

All at Accrington Stanley Community Trust would like to thank the players for getting involved and interacting brilliantly with the children.






North West Logistics Sponsor Ladies Kit

Accrington Stanley Ladies FC will start their inaugural season with a dynamic new away shirt sponsor – North West Logistics.

North West Logistics Ltd are a well-established and highly experienced transport company who specialise in both UK and European Transport and Warehousing. They can deliver your product anywhere in the UK or mainland Europe safely, on time and in line with your requirements.

They are a member of the Road Haulage Association and are ISO 9001 accredited. They also operate to COMAH Tier 2 as monitored by the Health & Safety Executive for the storage and handling of hazardous goods.

Operating from their head office and distribution centre in Accrington, they can offer a wide range of services tailored to your specific requirements. Whether this is one pallet or a full load, hazardous or non-hazardous, they can deliver your product.

Stephen Dunn, Managing Director of North West Logistics, said: “North West Logistics are genuinely delighted with the opportunity to support Accrington Stanley Ladies FC. Ladies football is rapidly developing in the UK and the family atmosphere it generates can be a source of pride for the entire community.”

Martin Fearon, Accrington Stanley Community Trust Manager, said: “This sponsorship deal with North West Logistics is great news for everyone involved with the new Accrington Stanley Ladies team. It will help provide a brand new Adidas away kit for the team to wear on their travels all over the North West.

“They put us on a strong footing going forward and allow us to focus on giving our best performance on the pitch, knowing we have some top flight sponsors backing us. With the new season starting in August, we aim to do them proud.”

For more information about the away shirt sponsor North West Logistics, visit

Summer Flying By!

Accrington Stanley Holidays Courses have been more popular than ever so far this Summer with over 200 children enjoying the activities on offer!

We have 3 different holiday courses available over the 6 week holidays meaning there is something for everyone to get involved with and prices are very affordable starting at just £10 a day to take part.

Friday is prize afternoon where all children receive a certificate and a free gift, there will also be a special visit from club mascot Winstanley.

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Activity Clubs…

To engage children aged four to 12 year olds in structured, FUN based holiday activities

Our Activity Club provides school holiday provision for lots of children every year and offer the children fun and structured activities during the holidays.

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Soccer Schools…

Organised holiday football coaching for four to 12 year olds

Soccer Schools provide school holiday provision for hundreds of children every year and offer young players the opportunity to learn, develop and achieve in the holidays.


Elite Coaching Soccer Schools…

Elite advanced and innovative football coaching during school holidays for children aged 7 to twelve

The Accrington Stanley Elite Soccer Schools are open to all children who would like advanced training from high quality coaches to develop them as individuals.

For more information on how to book please click here or call office 01254 304071

Tel: 01254 304071