Project aims to keep kids off the street
A BIRMINGHAM sports academy instrumental in turning children away from a life of crime can continue its work for another year following a funding boost.
The Birmingham Youth Sports Academy was given a lottery fund of nearly £10,000 to continue its work in the city.
Established in 2002 the project is based in the Small Heath area of Birmingham and offers football coaching to budding stars aged 7-18.
The academy has over 100 members and a team of 10 volunteers to help with the Saturday morning coaching sessions.
The group recently awarded a number of its youngsters with a day trip to the home of the Premier League and European Champions – Manchester United.
A spokesperson from the Academy told The Asian Today the new funding was a major boost for the club and its young members.
“It’s fantastic that we will be able to continue our work for another year and we want to thank everyone who has supported the academy,” the spokesperson said.
“It’s great because kids can get involved in sport, we achieve our aim of keeping then safe and off the streets, and they get to meet new people and make friends.
“We’ve got over 100 youngsters coming to us at the moment but there’s no limit to how many kids can come so we welcome anyone who wants to get involved.”
If you would like to get involved with the Birmingham Youth Sports Academy call 07890695284.
They are based at Small Heath Leisure Centre and offer a football coaching programme every Saturday from 10am – 2pm.