About us - Albion in the Community

About us

Albion in the Community (AITC) is the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.
Through the power of football and the brand of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, we are committed to delivering high-quality, accessible opportunities that improve the health and wellbeing, education and aspirations of our community.

Underpinning everything we do are four key values

We’re committed to making a positive difference to the lives of people throughout Sussex

We respect local communities and the people within them – celebrating diversity, understanding the needs of individuals, and encouraging personal development.

By using professional staff to provide premium quality training, we’re able to offer services that enrich and transform communities.

We work with many local agencies, forging long and fruitful partnerships, benefitting businesses and improving the lives of local people.

Our experienced staff are passionate about helping to improve the lives of people of all ages across Sussex. Our core group of employees is well-supported by a team of community coaches who deliver first-class sessions throughout the county.

Chief executive officer – Matt Dorn

Head of finance and operations – Phil Baldwin

Head of community programmes- Paul Williams

Head of marketing and income generation – Mark Barkaway

Inclusion manager- Martin Schooley

Schools manager – Rob Josephs

Football development manager – Mark Pedrick

Disability manager – Paul Brackley

Policy and capability manager- Sarah Byrne

Further education manager – Sarah McAdam

Health manager – Sue Brown

If you are interested in joining our team please CLICK HERE for details of our latest vacancies.

Jadey Yesilada

Jadey first became involved with Albion in the Community at the age of six after joining our Seagulls Specials club. In April 2014, Jadey, who has cerebral palsy, launched Jadey’s Dream, a fundraising initiative to help expand our delivery and give more people with a disability the chance to take part in sport. That campaign raised more than £200,000 and Jadey now works for the charity delivering disability awareness lectures.

Brighton & Hove Albion Football club

We’re delighted to have the support of Brighton & Hove Albion players, including our official ambassadors Adam Lallana, Victoria Williams and our patron Bruno.

We have an experienced board of trustees, led by chair of trustees Martin Perry. The board of trustees includes: Paul Mullen, David Jones, Judith Richards, Sarah Sheehan, Alan McCarthy, Marc Sugarman and Phil Frier.

  • We delivered 60 projects to more than 30,000 people over the last 12 months.
  • We won the Best Community Scheme at the Football Business Awards.
  • Our Premier League Kicks programme is among the largest in the country, providing free weekly football to more than 2,000 young people.
  • We worked with 129 schools across Sussex.
  • Almost 5,000 children benefited from expert coaching from our coaching team.
  • More than 250 people regularly attended one of our football sessions for people with a disability.
  • Our Speak Up Against Cancer team gave potentially life-saving information to more than 17,000 people in Brighton and Hove.
  • 1,145 pupils benefited from football-themed numeracy and literacy lessons.