Go Play giving life-changing opportunities to children

Children in the local community are being given opportunities to play and get physical activity through free Go Play sessions.

Sessions led by The Albion Foundation at Smethwick's STEPS Centre are giving children that have just entered the country opportunities that they wouldn't have otherwise.

The charity visits the centre weekly to provide children there with the chance to engage in physical activity, as well as learning how to play and socialise with others.

The sessions have allowed the children there to become more confident and settle into a routine, ready for mainstream school, says STEPS' Kerri Lillico-Davies.

"The Albion Foundation for us has been huge, it's been life-changing for the centre because it builds into their weekly routine, so every Tuesday they know (they have Go Play)," said Kerri.

STEPS Centre Manager, Jaswant Bhattal, is grateful for the support that the Foundation has given the centre.

"Having the link means that trained coaches are coming in who know what they're doing and how to motivate the children," said Jaswant.

Funded by Sandwell Council, the charity's Go Play programme offers free sessions for children aged six to 12 years old, or up to the age of 16 if children have special educational needs or disabilities, across Smethwick. 

Sessions take place after school during term-time between 3pm and 7pm and throughout school holidays between 10am and 3pm across Sandwell.

Monday, 5-7pm

Hadley Stadium, B66 4NL

Tuesday, 3-5.30pm

The Albion Foundation School, B66 1BA

Wednesday, 3.30-6.00pm

Hurst Community Centre, B67 6ND

To find out more about Go Play, please email

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