PROMOTION-chasing Birmingham City have agreed to support Solihull College students on the Prince’s Trust Team programme.
To kick-start the club’s involvement, youngsters recently visited St Andrew’s where they received a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.
During the 12-week programme students will return to the club to meet staff and get an insight into the many job roles occupied at Birmingham City.
Joe Dowds, Prince’s Trust Team Leader at Solihull College, said: “It is fantastic that Birmingham City Football Club has taken the time to support the team and the students will benefit greatly from this initiative.
“First team player David Murphy, an official Prince’s Trust ambassador, is perfectly placed to support aspects of teamwork which this programme is all about.
“The students have many challenges ahead including the completion of a community project, individual work placements and a final team challenge before the final presentation to an invited audience.”
During their visit to St Andrew’s ‘Team 100,’ based at Solihull College’s Woodlands Campus in Chelmsley Wood, received an autographed Blues shirt which will be raffled to raise funds for the first team’s various community activities.
The Prince’s Trust Football Initiative is supported through a long-term partnership with the Premier League, the Football Foundation and the PFA.
It uses the motivational appeal of football and the practical support of over 60 Premier and Football League clubs to help young people learn new skills, gain qualifications and develop confidence.
The youth charity’s 12-week team programme supports 16-25 year olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. It enables them to acquire nationally recognised qualifications.