Date published: 05/09/2013
Football-mad students got the chance to meet their Baggies heroes yesterday as Barclays Premier League title sponsor Barclays teamed up with West Bromwich Albion Football Club to thank the club’s charity partner, The Albion Foundation for its commitment to the local community.
Pupils from Brownhills High School in Deakin Avenue, Brownhills and Aston Manor High School in Phillips Street, Birmingham were able to meet Baggies manager Steve Clarke and central defender Liam Ridgewell. They captured photos with their idols and got to quiz the pair on life in the Barclays Premier League.
The students, who are studying for their vocational BTEC qualifications as a part of a post-16 football academy in partnership with the Albion Foundation, also had an exclusive stadium tour around the Hawthorns.
The Foundation, which was formed in 1992 and runs football projects in the boroughs of Sandwell, Birmingham, Dudley and Worcestershire, was chosen by Barclays because of its commitment to grassroots sport in the local area. The organisation helped open the WBA Community Sports Hall in partnership with Barclays Spaces for Sports and the Football Foundation in 2007.
Speaking about the visit, Melvyn Wilkes, Player and Coach Development Officer at the Albion Foundation, and who heads-up all post-16 programmes at the Foundation said: “The students really enjoyed the opportunity to see behind-the-scenes at Albion and found it really interesting to chat to Steve and Liam about their experiences in the game. They’re all big football fans so it was excellent to be given the chance to learn more about life in the Barclays Premier League.
“This is a new group and we hope that the experience will inspire them to achieve their ambitions and secure some brilliant BTEC qualifications with us. Thanks again to Barclays and West Brom for arranging a great event.”
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