The Aston Villa Foundation delivers a host of projects and activities in Birmingham across five key themes - sport and physical activity, health and wellbeing, education and development, and inclusive activities and community cohesion.
Here’s what’s on in and around our city this week and how you can get involved.
'Think Football' kicks off
Our foundation will be launching a brand new project this week targeting those with mental health conditions, thanks to a grant from Sport Birmingham under the Satellite Club funding scheme.
‘Think Football’ will provide free weekly football sessions for adults aged 18+, with the aim of providing a safe environment where those suffering from mental illness can play football, meet new people and also access additional support and services from specialist organisations.
The club’s official charity have linked up with organisations including mental health charity Birmingham Mind and Newman University to plan and deliver the sessions.
The Sport England Satellite Club fund aims to provide a stepping stone to a community club through the creation of relevant, appealing and convenient sporting opportunities.
‘Think Football’ will run every Wednesday from 1pm to 12.30pm at the Indoor Academy building on Witton Lane at Villa Park.
The project launches this Wednesday, with a tour of the stadium as part of the first session.
All sessions are free and those interested in taking part can join the scheme by registering their interest with Debbi Rawson – email@example.com or by calling 0121 327 2299.
James Grinstead, Club and Communities Manager at Sport Birmingham said: “Sport Birmingham are delighted to work in partnership with Aston Villa Foundation on this project to give local young people with mental health issues access to football provision at the Villa Park Football Academy.
“Participating in sport can have many positive effects on individuals and we hope that this project offers a further opportunity for local young people to develop.”
Level Playing Field Week of Action – Sheffield Wednesday half time activity
This year’s Aston Villa LPF Cup Final takes place at half-time in Saturday’s fixture against Sheffield Wednesday.
Level playing field is the National Association of Disabled Supporters.
The LPF Cup is an annual competition organised by Aston Villa, with 18 school teams representing a wide range of Birmingham Special Education Needs schools and main stream school SEN units involved in this year’s event.
2016 winners Timberley School from Shard End won the south competition take on Nanson who won the north competition.
Villa Rockets and Disability Teams
The Aston Villa Disability Football programme is enjoying plenty of success this year.
Villa Rockets Powerchair club became the first team to reach the Wheelchair Football Association National Cup semi-final and the development squad went undefeated through the season to win their league.
The Aston Villa adult pan-disability teams also recently won two of their three FA People’s Cup area finals, also coming runners up in the third final.
The Premier team won their final 6-0 against Walsall College, after a hard fought round robin league including teams from WBA and Dudley College .
The Championship team - after finishing top of their group, also made the final before losing out 3-1 to Leek Town.
The League team came second in their group won a tight contest 2-0 in their final against Dudley Olympics, reversing a 1-4 defeat when they met in their group match.
The U16s qualified for the regional finals after beating a strong Solihull Moors team 5-2 with a late goal from Benji Walters, settling the local final after a tough round of fixtures including a close run semi-final 3-1 win over a second Villa team.
All three adult teams, alongside the 16 and over girls and U16 ability counts teams qualify for the regional finals which will take place later this month.
If you are interested in joining or finding out more about our disability football programme, please contact Nigel Macrow on 0121 327 2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are recruiting for several positions which are now live here.