Dr Tony looking to the future
Aston Villa Chairman Dr Tony Xia is looking to make a big impression in his “second home” as he eyes big plans for the City of Birmingham.
Dr Tony is a huge fan of the Second City and this week signed a ‘memorandum of agreement’ with Birmingham City Council as Recon Group looks to offer their ‘Smart City’ expertise.
The deal was struck in China and will revolve around development opportunities across the region.
There were also discussions around greater links with Aston University, our official UK university partner.
Dr Tony tweeted: “Good to work with Birmingham City Council towards another Smart City.
“I hope Recon’s experience of hundreds of cities can help future development.”
Christmas is coming to Villa Park
We're all geared up for Christmas at Villa Park, with plenty of festive events coming up in the next few weeks.
Tickets for our junior Christmas Party, which will see first-team Villa players attend, went on sale on Friday morning exclusively to Cub Members.
It's not too late to attend. Simply purchase a Cub Membership and you'll have access to tickets for the party.
Junior Christmas Party tickets can be bought here.
There's also plenty going on around our final game before Christmas Day against Sheffield United on Saturday December 23.
Kids can attend for £1 with a full-paying adult, and we'll have Santa and his reindeer around the Villa Park grounds to get fans in the festive mood.
Tickets are in high demand as we aim for a sell-out, so grab them while you can.
Instagram advent calendar begins
We’ve decided to take on a distinctly festive feel for our Instagram account this holiday season – handing out presents to following fans and showcasing some exclusive content to generate some Christmas cheer around the club’s support.
Giving away a huge array of prizes ranging from an opportunity to sit with the Chairman to some hilarious outtakes from our recent club content day, it’s something not to be missed.
Keep your eyes peeled daily by heading over to Instagram and checking us out – avfcofficial.
Content Day a roaring success
Villa players gathered for our latest Content Day at Bodymoor Heath this week, and their presence has already had an impact.
The day entailed gathering everything from new matchday GIFs for Twitter and activation content for our official partners to modelling the new club Christmas jumper and stopping by at our 'Supporting Our Own' station.
Christmas jumper sales have soared after fans got a glimpse of the likes of Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah wearing them.
Jumpers are currently half price in the Villa Store, plus there’s a 20% off home kits offer available until Tuesday.
Head to the Villa Store in person or buy online here.
Hospitality available for Christmas fixture
You can come and experience festive luxury at Villa Park just before Christmas, with department store Harvey Nichols hosting a lounge package in the McGregor’s Suite for the Sheffield United match on December 23.
With bottomless prosecco, live music, light refreshments and a Harvey Nichols mini-shop, it's the perfect way to relax after your final day of shopping (or pick up those last-minute gifts!).
Tickets are £85, or £65 for a season ticket upgrade. Call 0333 3231982 (option 1) for further information.
There's also a family package available for the Sheffield United match – Hercules at the Cornerflag.
Come along and join in the family fun day, where Father Christmas will be making an early appearance.
The package includes pre-match access to the Cornerflag three hours before kick-off, post-match access to the Cornerflag for up to an hour and a half after the match, a welcome drink (beer, wine or soft drink for adults and soft drink for children), shared tables for up to 10 people, a two-course buffet, cash bar facilities throughout the day, Hercules & Bella mascot appearances, a former player appearance, a gift for each child and much more.
Adult prices per person are £70 + VAT and Under 12s £37 + VAT.
To book call 0333 3231982 (option 1) or email email@example.com
Disability Christmas Party
Aston Villa’s inclusive Christmas Party, in partnership with Aston Villa Disabled Supporters Club, takes place in the Academy building opposite Villa Park next weekend.
There will be a host of games and activities available to those in attendance, as well as food and a disco.
The party takes place on Sunday December 10 from 1pm-4pm in the Academy building opposite the Villa Park North Stand.
To book your tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Joanne on 07981895332.