Burton Albion plays host to event aimed at raising awareness of issues men face in the modern world

Posted by rob smyth | Published: 18/11/2021

The home of Burton Albion Football Club hosted a special event as part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness around the challenges that men face in the modern world.

Central England Co-op took over the Pirelli Stadium for the day (Tuesday, 16 November) to put on a range of talks and workshops around subjects including mental health, physical health and lifestyle.

Guest speakers included former footballer Shane Nicholson and adventurer Alex Staniforth.

James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer for Central England Co-op and one of the organisers, said: “I am so proud to have been involved in a great event designed to highlight topics ranging from mental health to lifestyle.

“This event allowed like-minded men from all walks of life to come together to debate, discuss and learn how we can support one another.

“Events like these are important and allow everyone involved to use their voices to talk about their successes as well as the challenges they face.”

Over 100 people attended the event on what was International Men’s Day.

Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.


Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.


It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.


The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 


It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.


Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.


Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle


Phone - 01543 421390


Email - publicrelations@centralengland.coop