10% off 2018 bookings!

Our online store has been updated making it possible to book courses for 2018.

As a Christmas treat you will receive 10% off all bookings if made before 31/12/17. This could be the perfect gift for someone!

2018 courses available include;

Why not book a Holiday Course, a Football Development Centre or Stanley Kicker’s course for your children. Offer ends at 11:59PM on 31st December 2017. When checking out you must use coupon code XMAS17 to enable the discount.

Stanley Ladies Pedal for Pudsey

On the 15th November 2017, Accrington Stanley Ladies helped fundraise for Children in Need as we kindly got offered then chance to help BBC Radio Lancashire in their ‘Pedal for Pudsey’. The BBC presenters John Gilmore and Graham Liver, have pedalledover 100 miles in their epic journey across Lancashire ahead of BBC Children in Need Appeal night. They will finish their journey at Blackpool Tower.

Kerry Reeves on the Pudsey Mobile

Some of the ladies helped pedal the Pudsey Mobile from Hapton Primary School to Rosegrove Primary School, whilst kindly talking to the presenters about Accrington Stanley Ladies and what it is like being a part of the team. You can listen to the show by following the link below.


It was fantastic to help BBC Radio Lancashire and we wish them all the best with the rest of their journey. If you would like to donate £5 to the BBC Radio Lancashire team text PEDAL to 70405. All the money raised will go to help Children in Need.

If you would like to know more about Accrington Stanley Ladies, please contact 01254 304071 or email asctladies@stanleytrust.co.uk

Children Study Stanley!

A group of year 5 & 6 children spent the morning at the Wham Stadium learning about the club for a school project they are working on.

Children from Benjamin Hargreaves Primary School in Accrington are all learning about the town and this particular class chose to base their work around Accrington Stanley FC.

The group were led around the stadium by Stanley Trusts Lee Walsh and Elle Kayley who told them all about the history of the club and interesting facts about the stadium and what it’s like on a match-day.

The children got the chance to sit in the dugout, the Founder Members Lounge  and even the changing rooms which, according to the children ‘smelt like sweaty feet’

Head of Sport Lee Walsh said about the visit ‘its brilliant to see local children showing an interest in Accrington Stanley and out of everything related to Accrington these children chose to study the club, which is great and we were more than happy to accommodate them. We look forward to seeing the projects when they are complete!’

The children returned to school with lots information ready to complete their project!



Weekly Football for 2-4 year olds!

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)

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

Football Development Centre Returns

Our very successful Football development Centres are set to return Monday 6th November!

The sessions run every Monday evening with the first session being held Mon 6th November at St Christopher’s High School. A full list of dates and venues are below;

Monday 6th November – St Christopher’s High School

Monday 13th November – Accrington Academy High School

Monday 20th November – Accrington Academy High School

Monday 27th November – Accrington Academy High School

Monday 4th december – St Christopher’s High School

Monday 11th December – Accrington Academy High School

Monday 18th December – 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

BTEC: September Monthly Review


September saw students coming from all areas and backgrounds around Hyndburn, Rossendale and Ribble Valley, to begin their time studying at the Wham stadium, studying for a BTEC in Sport Qualification.

Our level 2 students have been working with Jake Francis and the level 3’s with our Head of Education Greg Aspin. They’ve all been working hard getting straight into their upcoming assignments.

Many of our students have also been taking part in volunteering opportunities at our sessions around schools and also on match days selling programmes and even being Winstanley!


All of our students have been participating in training every day of the week working with our Head Coach Matt Parkinson. They’ve not only been working on the technical sides of their game but also on their Fitness too.


Our students have taken part in a number of fixtures this month with our new students participating in the EFL Futsal Festival vs a number of different teams including Blackpool, Rochdale, Fleetwood and Preston. For many of them it was their first experience of Futsal, but despite this they played with great effort.

The football squad have also had games vs Blackburn and Blackpool A and B, finishing with two wins and a loss and find themselves sitting third in the table. The highlight of the three games was a wonderful goal by Alex Bell scoring from a volley from 35 yards out.

Football Development Officer, Matt Parkinson, commented: “All of our students have shown great effort throughout the first month of training and have been taking what we have been working on into games. We now need to maintain the high standards we set in training and games as we head into October and the rest of the season”.

Coming up in October we have Round Two of the Futsal Development league and our football squad face off against Carlisle and Preston North End. Our students will be travelling to all of our away games in our BRAND NEW minibus too.

If you’re currently in Year 11 and this course has grabbed your interest, apply online at www.stanleytrust.co.uk/apply

Stanley Soccer League Recruiting New Teams!

Accrington Stanley Community Trust have spaces available for new teams to join our very popular Stanley Soccer League.

We are looking for new teams to join the Monday and Wednesday night league held at Accrington Academy and Hyndburn Leisure Centre.

The Stanley Soccer League is a professionally managed small sided league which was set up in Accrington in 2011. The ultimate test for your 7 a-side team is to join one of our leagues.  At only £26 per match the season runs for 10 weeks.

Amazing League Structure – Our open age leagues feature promotion and relegation to and from the Premier League and Championship Division. We also run an age specific Veterans league.

3G Pitch Surface – The matches take place on a state of the art 3rd generation pitch as used by some of Europe’s top clubs.

Referees – We provide referees for all matches and monitor them throughout the season which helps us achieve better standards of officiating.

Less hassle for Captains –Your fixtures and game times for the full season along with results and league table are all online.

Fantastic Facilities – Our venue offers free parking, quality changing rooms and toilet facilities.

For more information and to enter a team go to  http://www.stanleytrust.co.uk/enter-team/


October Holiday Courses- BOOK YOUR CHILDS PLACE NOW

Whether it’s a week of football that your little one is after or a week of crafts and games then we have it covered.

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.

While 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. Every day, we have a different theme for example on a Friday we have a ‘Stanley Stars Talent Show’.

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.

Running from throughout ½ term with pick up options of either 3pm or 5pm and a drop off time from 8.30am what better way to keep your little ones entertained!

From £10 a day or £45 for the week why not come along and join in the fun!

To book online go to our Online Store or call 01254 304071 for more information.

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 well-being, 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

REVEALED: New Sports Hub Plans

Accrington Stanley Community Trust are delighted to reveal the plans for a new community Sports Hub facility to transform Higham Playing Fields in Accrington.

Following months of careful planning the designs have now been completed and will shortly go in for planning permission with Hyndburn Borough Council. Accrington Stanley Community Trust have been working on this project since October 2015 and commissioned an in depth feasibility study which was led by a team of external consultants. The findings were very positive, and the Higham Playing Field’s site was selected as the best location for the Sports Hub.

The plans include a brand new fit for purpose multi use building to replace the current building on the site. A full size floodlit artificial football pitch will drive up sport participation rates all year round. Three grass pitches which will cater for various formats of football and rugby will be renovated to a high standard. A brand new ECB approved artificial cricket wicket will provide a fantastic facility for local cricket leagues and schools. In addition, there will be a 55 space car park added to the site to ease traffic congestion on Thorneyholme road.

Martin Fearon, CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust said ‘’we have been carefully designing the plans over the past few months to ensure we have the best possible facility to present to the Hyndburn community. The Sports Hub plans see a great mix of facilities for all sectors of the general public to enjoy. We believe that grassroots sport needs more investment and we are hoping to play a big part in this by providing this fantastic project for our community.

The aims of the sports hub are to increase participation in sport, improve health and exercise levels and provide more opportunities for disabled people to access vital sport and education activities. The Sports Hub will also host many projects that develop skills for people out of work, create new job opportunities, inspire people to become volunteers for local sports organisations, sports clubs and charities, and provide a pathway for gifted and talented young people into elite sport.

Higham Playing Fields is currently underused and based on the actual figures over the last 12 months there were only 6424 visits, which averages just 18 visits per day. The new proposals will see the Higham Playing Field’s site safeguarded for sports for many years to come and a vast increase in participation. This will become a facility for our community to be proud of’’.

Sports Hub Building – Front

The Sports Hub Building

A brand new building will replace the current building which no longer meets the minimum requirements to service the site effectively. A fully functioning single storey structure made from a combination of brick and cladding to the exterior gives a welcoming and modern feel.

Through the main entrance is a 50 seat cafeteria and breakout space for participants, parents and the general public to relax and enjoy hot and cold refreshments. Table tennis and pool tables are planned along with a number of vending machines for quick and easy snacks. Public toilet facilities are included in this section.

Sports Hub Building – Back

To the left of the main entrance is the practical area of the building which includes four FA standard team changing rooms, fully fitted with showers and toilet facilities, two officials changing rooms and a first aid room. A storage space, small injury rehabilitation area and a garage are also in this section of the building.

Sports Hub Building – Education Suites

To the right of the main entrance are two state of the art education suites available to use for a variety of activities such as education courses, meetings and workshops. Each suite caters for 30 people and is separated by a petitioning wall which can open the space up for 60 people. Also in this section are the Accrington Stanley Community Trust offices and meeting area.

The building has two exits onto the pitches, one from the cafeteria and one from the practical area. A number of benches and seated areas are provided around the building to offer a comfortable experience for families visiting the facility.

Sports Hub Pitches

The Sports Facilities

A full size floodlit artificial football pitch is located on the lower section of the site and will provide a fantastic playing experience for its users. The pitch can be split into a variety of playing areas suitable for 5, 7, 9 and 11aside football. This state of the art pitch will have protected use on evenings and weekends for local grassroots clubs and community activities.

Floodlit Artificial Grass Pitch – Daytime
Floodlit Artificial Grass Pitch – Evening

Evening use will end at 10pm and a full light spillage survey will be submitted as part of the planning application. The location of the floodlit pitch was carefully selected with various factors such as nearby residential properties taken into account.

Alongside the floodlit pitch on the lower section is a full size grass football/rugby pitch with dugouts and seated areas.

Grass Football Pitch – 5,7,9 or 11aside

The top section of the site sees a multi-use grass area which can support a number of different football variations. All grass pitches will be renovated and brought up to a higher standard as part of the project.

ECB Approved Artificial Grass Cricket Wicket

A brand new ECB standard artificial cricket wicket will be added to support the local mid-week cricket league and new schools’ competitions.

Car Park

Car Park

A 55 space car park with disabled and coach parking spaces will be added to the site to ease traffic congestion on Thorneyholme road


The children’s play area is not part of this development and will remain exactly how it is now and benefit from the increased footfall.

A tree report has been carried out and all healthy trees will remain on the site. Any dangerous trees will be removed and new trees planted.

There will be further landscaping to the Thorneyholme road part of the site with new flowers and trees planted. A number of benches will be situated in this area too.

The site will be secured with suitable fencing level with the building to protect the facilities from antisocial and nuisance behaviour. The site will be open to the public during operational hours, exact times to be confirmed as part of the planning outcome.

Public Information Meeting

Accrington Stanley Community Trust will be hosting a public information meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday 11th October in Accrington Stanley Football Club’s Sports’ Bar. At the meeting, representatives from the Trust and Hyndburn Borough Council will share the Sports Hub plans and provide answers to frequently asked questions submitted prior to the meeting. Everybody is welcome to attend and if you have a question you would like to ask please email it to info@stanleytrust.co.uk no later than Friday 6th October. We will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible but will prioritise the most popular ones that have been submitted.

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; josh.cooper@stanleytrust.co.uk 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.

Tel: 01254 304071