Weller to head new look Bury Community Trust

12 June 2010 11:01
When Paul Weller was pushed out at Turf Moor last year it was certainly Bury's gain and Burnley's loss, and the former midfielder is now stepping up to head the Gigg Lane club's new look community set up. Bury are making big changes to their Community Trust and from the start of next month the youth department will transfer to them from the football club in what they say is a groundbreaking development.It means the trust will have two legs to it, the current community development and the youth department with Weller having been appointed to head both as the Trust's General Manager.The chairman of Bury's Community Trust, Iain Mills, said: "Paul's contribution to North West football both on and off the field is of the highest order. After entertaining crowds for over a decade, he transferred those skills to working in the Leisure an Community Department at Turf Moor before we were fortunate enough, in the face of stiff competition, to bring him to Bury last year."Since then, he has transformed the Trust, leading to the club having the confidence to transfer its Centre of Excellence and youth team operations to us. Our next task is to appoint a Head of Youth who will report to Paul. First team manager Alan Knill will naturally be involved in that process."Former Claret Weller said on getting the new role: "I am delighted with the confidence both the Board of the Trust and the Football Club have shown in me. This new initiative, the first of its kind in English football, will put Bury firmly in the spotlight as a progressive club firmly on the well being of its youngsters, its community and fans."