Meet the Football Mums

FOR a group of mothers in Oldbury, it’s a school run with a difference.

After dropping their children off at Lightwoods Primary School, the parents head to the sports hall for a kickabout.

Supported by The Albion Foundation, the football sessions teach the mums basic skills of the game and improves their tactical nous.

"I've always wanted to play football with other women," said Mandeep Kaur Dhatt.

"I normally play with my children who are too good for me and my husband, who is obviously a lot better as well."

Coming together for a game has helped forge friendships between the mums and also added a new dimension to their parenting.

"The brilliant thing is now I'm really into football, probably slightly more than they are now," said Lucy Kapasi.

"I'm the first one saying 'let's go back, let's go into the back garden, have a kick around, let me show you what I've learnt this week'.

"I'll give them advice on tactics and things when we're playing a game, so that'sjust been great."

Plans are in place for the Foundation to expand their football sessions around the local area.

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