Villa bring Christmas cheer to young people

Jack Grealish smiles for a photo with a young person from Birmingham Children's Trust
Jack Grealish poses for the camera with one of our young people.
Published: 7th Dec 2018

Aston Villa staff and players gave a group of our young people a day they will never forget. Find out what happened and watch the film below.

Villa bring Christmas cheer to young people 

Aston Villa F.C. manager Dean Smith, and players and coaches, including former England captain John Terry, spent the day (Monday 3 December) with some young people we care for, treating them and their carers to a training session, Christmas lunch and special Villa themed presents. 

The fifteen chosen young people were rewarded for their academic achievements and aspirations, included of children in foster care and children staying at our disabled residential care homes.

Natalie Loon, corporate parenting manager at the Trust said: “We were absolutely thrilled by the generosity of Aston Villa and the kindness of all the players who spent their time with our children. Every one of our children and young people had an amazing day; enjoying a training session, having lunch and being given presents from the players. They really did make memories that will last forever."

“One young person even told us afterwards that it was 'the best day of his life'. Thank you to everyone at AVFC who made the day possible.”

Read the full report on the Aston Villa website. The day was organised by the Aston Villa Foundation who manage the corporate social responsibility activities on behalf of the club. The day was part of the Villa Foundation's ‘Supporting Our Own’ scheme, which sees the club and Foundation working to support the local community, as well as the wider Aston Villa family.

Head of the Aston Villa Foundation Guy Rippon said: “These are all children and young people who are facing difficult personal circumstances. We invited a range of children including some in foster care, living in residential homes, children with disabilities and some who have suffered family bereavements recently.”

“They’re children who deserve a nice day out and a memorable experience around Christmas and we at Aston Villa are in a privileged position to be able to do something special for them.”

Watch the video of their special day below - courtesy of the official Aston Villa YouTube account.