Albion strengthen links with college programme

AFTER a trophy-winning first year, Albion will become further involved with a football based programme for ambulant students with a physical or learning disability.

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The programme has been set up in partnership with Sutton Coldfield College, with coaches from The Albion Foundation leading the team to cup glory at the first time of asking.

The programme's success has encouraged the Foundation to get more involved, with the team playing under Albion's name next year.

"It's an opportunity to get some high quality coaching from a football club and get some great education opportunities within the college," said Paul Glover, Head of Disability at the Foundation.

"You can train three times a week and play against teams across the country.

"It's been a brilliant start. We have only just started working with them last year so to get that success in the first year has given us the energy to drive on and move forward with the programme."

The students will study at the College, whilst also having the opportunity to train regularly, and Stuart Jamieson, who heads the programme at Sutton Coldfield College is hoping Albion's involvement will improve the programme further.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to join the programme," he said.

"Our educational provision is excellent and we are linking with West Bromwich Albion, a reputable club."

"We won gold at the nationals and we are hoping to take it further next year in the college nationals and the ECFA nationals."