HEIR to the throne and ardent Villa fan Prince William was in Solihull last week.
He paid a visit to Kingshurst Sporting FC in the north of the borough meeting young footballers, as well as Sir Trevor Brooking and Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
The football club put on a series of demonstrations for the Royal visitor, who watched on, and later spoke to many of the youngsters.
Among those he met was 12-year-old Shaun Yates, who plays for the Kingshurst Special Needs team. Mum Debbie said she was delighted by the interest the Prince showed in the young people.
“To me it meant a lot - I was so so proud - he took the time to watch them in training and was so genuine.”
Prince William also helped cheer up the unfortunate Regan Hand, who broke his leg in a car accident.
The nine year-old talked football with the Prince, despite supporting rivals Birmingham City.
The FA’s Les Howie said: “We chose Kingshurst Sporting Club FC to host this event because they have a fantastic reputation and are a real community club with passionate volunteers that are providing football opportunities for all regardless of their background.”