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Derby Country FC


With funding from West Midlands Police Building Blocks Trust 100 kids from the BYSA project visited Derby County FC and challenged the West Midlands Police team to an 11 a side football match on the main pitch.

BYSA kids and volunteers set off from Birmingham at 8:30am and reached Derby County FC (DCFC) at 9:30am and were greeted by representatives from the club who welcomed everyone.

There were three games in total: BYSA 1st team v WM Police; BYSA 2nd team v BYSA Old stars; BYSA A team v BYSA B team.

The BYSA first team played very well eventually won against the WM Police by 8-1.

The BYSA old stars playing against the BYSA second team meant family rivalries as fathers and uncles were competing against sons and nephews. The young BYSA team out gunned the old stars winning 7-4 at the final whistle.

The BYSA A v BYSA B teams were all under16 and were selected by the Academy head coach. They benefited from 1 hour coaching session from the DCFC community coaches and they played against each other for 30 minutes each way match on the full pitch.

All games were supported by a proper referee and referees assistants, stewards and St Johns ambulance. There was also a professional photographer and video cameraman as well as entertainment on the PA systems. Everyone had access to stadium tours, the players lounge and changing rooms, lunch was provided.

After all the games were completed there were presentations to all participants by the club mascot. This included medals, trophies and goody bags for everyone. All in all everyone enjoyed themselves and there was positive feedback from everyone.

BYSA through this project aimed to engage inner city kids with the Police to highlight issues of crime in their local areas. It is clear through documented evidence that inner city areas such as Saltley, Nechells, Bordesly Green and Small Heath suffer from “high levels of deprivation and poverty” including crime, drugs, health issues and youth exclusion, all of which are directly and/or indirectly addressed through this project.

Anwar Khattak, Head Coach of BYSA said: “we would like to thank West Midlands Police for their support and we think such initiatives are beneficial for all concerned. Our kids have certainly benefited in more than one way”.

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