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 they’ve been up to over the last week.
Rockets into Wheelchair Football Association Cup final
Villa Rockets reached the final of the Wheelchair Football Association Cup on Easter Monday.
The Rockets saw off Sevenoaks PFC in the semis.
They started with the same line up as in the last round with Amir Ali playing the central role, Bradley Addison and Jon Morley wide with Max Bode looking after things at the back.
Although a low scoring game, the Rockets dominated the first half and went into half-time leading courtesy of a goal from Ali.
In the second half, the Rockets continued to control the game keeping Sevenoaks pinned back in their own half and although there were no further goals, the Rockets thoroughly deserved their win.
The team can now look forward to the WFA Cup Final which is to be held at the England FA headquarters at St George’s, Burton on Trent on May 6.
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Duo to be recognised at Pride of Birmingham Awards
There’s even more cause for celebration for the Villa Rockets this week!
Star player Bradley Addison is set to be recognised at the Pride of Birmingham awards.
Super Villa fan Moin Younis will pick up an award at the ceremony which takes place at the University of Birmingham on Thursday April 20.
Moin, 16, has a rare life-limiting condition Epidermolysis Bullosa, or 'EB' - a genetic condition in which blisters form both internally and externally on his body from the slightest knock or rub.
Because of this, he uses the services of Acorns Children's Hospice and recently became Young Ambassador for the charity.
Despite the immense challenges he faces in his day-to-day life, Moin is determined not to let things get in the way of his dreams and ambitions.
He will be honoured with a Teenager of Courage award at the star-studded event.
Brave Bradley was on his way to fulfilling his dream of playing for Aston Villa in the club’s youth academy.
He then developed Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a life-limiting condition which causes the muscles to weaken.
No longer able to walk and needing to use an electric wheelchair, he thought his playing days were over.
But then along came powerchair football – and now the 13-year-old has just helped Villa Rockets win a league and cup double.
Bradley, who has fronted a national campaign for Muscular Dystrophy UK, helping to raise thousands of pounds, has also undertaken his own sponsored challenges.
His courage has not gone unnoticed at Villa Park, with several Villa stars visiting him.
Everyone at Aston Villa would like to wish Moin and Bradley a big congratulations!
Bodymoor Heath to host Walking Cup final
The EFL Trust’s Walking Football Cup final is set to take place at our Bodymoor Heath training complex.
The tournament is in its third year, with a record of 1500 men and women over the age of 50 taking part.
70 EFL & National Conference clubs will battle it out to try and emulate Blackpool last year and be crowned EFL Trust’s Walking Football Cup champions.
To kick off the competition this week, six regional finals will take place across the country, with the top two from each reaching the grand final to be played at Bodymoor Heath.
The slow-paced version of the beautiful game, aimed specifically at the over 50s, has grown enormously over the last few years with proven health and social benefits of its participants.
A survey completed during last year’s competition showed that 82% of participants believe their physical health has improved by playing walking football, with 79% of those competing in last year’s competition saying their level of exercise has increased.