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A matchday to remember

3 September 2017

APNA Albion, Albion’s official Asian supporters group, teamed up with local grassroots football clubs to offer youngsters a matchday to remember.

Over 100 children took part in the special day, which included a stadium tour and the chance to play at West Bromwich Albion's Academy Dome, followed by watching the Baggies take on Stoke City.

"Apna Albion is about engaging the local communities and grassroots football," said Shin Aujla, Apna Albion's chairman.

"[It's about getting] the community to actually come and experience live games and get the kids playing football and expel any myths that people have regarding the atmosphere that was in football stadiums in the 70s and early 80s.

"West Bromwich Albion has a very family-friendly atmosphere and we want people in the local community to come out and try the experience."

Apna Albion partnered up with four local teams who brought players from different age groups to experience a match day at The Hawthorns.

The young children, primarily from the Asian community were delighted to have been able to experience a matchday.

"I think a lot of the kids here just wanted to see their stars and the famous faces on TV and now they can actually say I have stepped on the same turf as some of the Baggies players or some of the Stoke players this afternoon," said Kam Johal, Singh Sabha FC's coach.

Watch the video above to watch the day unfold.


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