Black Country Sport Awards 2018

The Albion Foundation had a night to remember at the 2018 Black Country Sport Awards.

Two of the charity's powerchair footballers, James Birks and Bradley Addison picked up an accolade each at the awards that recognises individuals or organisations achieving sporting success.

The 'Power of Sport' award went to James for experiencing a more active lifestyle and having significant improvements to his life as a direct result of taking part in powerchair football.

"I loved winning the award. It was a great surprise to even be nominated I enjoyed being in front of all those people to collect my award," smiled James.

"Powerchair football means the world to me, I love it and it's a great way to socialise with your team mates and make new friends.

"Without the sport I'd be so bored without an interest to be able to participate in.

"The Albion Foundation means the world to me it's helped me be part of a large group of friends including all the coaches.

"West Bromwich Albion means the world to me as without West Brom there wouldn't be a Foundation - there's no other team I would rather support."

Bradley picked up the 'Aspiring Talent' accolade in recognition of his progression and excellence in the sport of powerchair and being a positive role model to others.

"It's amazing to win the award l can't believe that l won.

"It means the world to me as l can't play any other sport and l am a very sporty person.

"The Albion Foundation means so much as they are allowing me to play the sport and l want to say thank you to The Albion Foundation and my coaches for making this dream come true."

The Foundation's Our Albion project was also represented in the 'Community Project' category, finishing runners-up to the Wolverhampton Street Cricket Project.

The two award winners will now go on to the West Midlands Community Sports Awards on the 6th December at the University of Birmingham - good luck!

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