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Community Appoint Director of Education and Inclusion

18 November 2016

Burnley FC in the Community are pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Parish as Director of Education and Inclusion at Burnley FC in the Community.

Matt joins Burnley FC’s official charity from Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) where he was the charity’s Chief Operating Officer and a stalwart of the scheme for almost 20 years.  

Bringing his extensive expertise in community development from London to East Lancashire, Matt will drive the charity’s key areas of education and social inclusion; both of which now offer expansive and varied services to a cross-section of the region’s communities.

A former teacher himself, Matt will be working closely with schools in the area as well as other key partners in the public sector.

He will also oversee the new education hub at UCFB Burnley and drive the growth of both new and existing provision.

Neil Hart, CEO of Burnley FC in the Community, said: “Matt arrives in Burnley with an extremely impressive track record in developing and implementing community provision.

"A leading light at CACT, Matt was instrumental in progressing the organisation to the £5m charity giant it now is. I am delighted he has chosen to be part of our story here at Burnley FC in Community.”

Matt Parish said: “It’s a real privilege for me join an organisation that just continues to go from strength to strength.

"I’m excited to work alongside the team here and really get stuck into all the work we have to do.

"It’s very clear to me just how important this club is to the town and the vital job we have here to harness its power and influence for good in the region – it certainly feels like I’ve joined something very special.”

Matt Parish will be based at Turf Moor and is keen to meet lots of people from the communities here in Burnley and the surrounding areas.

If you’d like contact Matt to discuss working with Burnley FC in the Community, don’t hesitate in get in touch at or call 01282 704716.  

To find out more about Burnley FC in the Community, visit

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