Albion in India with Jonas Olsson Foundation

ALBION and the Jonas Olsson Foundation took underprivileged children from one of India's poorest slums on the trip of a lifetime earlier this month.

The former Baggies defender has supported kids at Bapu School following his first visit to New Delhi in May 2016.

Since then the former Sweden international has worked alongside The Albion Foundation and local charity Breathe Easy India to assist the children with their health and education, in addition to providing football coaching.

The three-day trip to Punjab gave the youngsters a rare glimpse of life outside the slum and respite from the challenges that living within it presents.

The 18 children, who were joined by members of Club and Foundation staff, were hosted by YFC Rurka Kalan - a first-class facility located in a small rural community between the cities of Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

Director of the Foundation, Rob Lake, was part of the travelling party and he spoke of the impact the work being undertaken in the region is hoped to have.

"I think it's great that we've now got a connection between the community in this country with the Punjab and the work that we are doing in Delhi in partnership with the Jonas Olsson Foundation," said Rob.

Plans are in place for several return visits to India over the next 12 months.

"We hope that the work we are doing will resonate with our local fan base as well as our South Asian supporters and that doing this will help us get more fans in this country interested in Albion because they can see that both in this country and in India we are here to support their community," added Rob.

Watch the video above to see how the children got on...

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