Birmingham City Community Trust launch new initiative

It’s brilliant that Birmingham City recognise their responsibility within the community.

Adam Legzdins
Over 60 children aged between 12 and 16 currently take part in two weekly football sessions at Small Heath Leisure Centre on Tuesday 7-9pm and Wednesday 6-8pm.

The programme is free and funded by West Midlands Police to cut crime and social behaviour, with Blues having the highest attendance and retention rate throughout the country.

After starting on Wednesday, MyTime Active will teach golf over the next 11 weeks to help more young people participate in the sport.

Communty Trust director Dean Holtham believes by adding golf, the children will benefit by taking part in something different. 

“MyTime Active are trying to increase participation and I thought it would be ideal to work alongside our popular Kicks programme,” said Holtham.

“It’ll offer an excellent opportunity to try something different.

“Nearly all of the children wouldn’t have played golf, so it gives them different horizons from within an area where golf isn’t widely played.

“Our programme is predominantly football based, but the Football League and Premier League give us the license to offer alternative provision like this.

“They’ll get 12 sessions and hopefully it’ll lead to a partnership where we can bring it in to our other programmes.” 

The Trust believe it’s important to show the local community that it cares and scheme’s like this give local children more opportunity. 

“Our role as a Club is massive as it shows it’s more than just a multi-million pound business," Holtham added.

“With the Kicks programme we’re offering nine hours of provision (at different venues), so we’re giving something back. 

“We also want to offer boxing as well to keep up our high participation.” 

Children taking part can earn opportunities to join other Blues’ programmes as well as entering national Kicks tournaments.

Blues goalkeeper Adam Legzdins visited the Kicks programme on Wednesday and he was delighted to see the hard work coming to fruition. 

“It’s brilliant that Birmingham City recognise their responsibility within the community,” said Legzdins. 

“The draw of Birmingham City helps convince kids to come and you can see by the turnout that there’s a real enthusiasm. 

“I’ve been really impressed and as I’ve been in the game a while you see good and bad schemes.

“This is really well run and it’s having a positive effect.” 

To read more about the work of the Community Trust click here.