Trans Football Gets off to a Great Start at Aston Villa Academy

Posted on 27-02-2017 by Ros Gammie

To coincide with Football v Homophobia Month of Action, Birmingham LGBT is very excited to announce our 6-week football skills course in partnership with the Aston Villa Foundation. Below is a little taster of how our first group meet went.

We had our first Trans football session at the Villa Academy building last night, and what a brilliant session it was. We had a whole mix of ages from across the Trans spectrum, with the first half a skills-based session where players learned tips for controlling and passing the ball, skills which were then put to the test with a lively 20-minute game. We were joined by three qualified coaches who were friendly, honest, open and welcoming, and the group was keen to come back next week, hopefully with additional friendly faces and enthusiastic players!

Coaching sessions continue every Wednesday for the next five weeks, 5-6pm, at the Aston Villa Academy Building, Witton Lane, B6 6QE. March 1st | March 8th | March 15th | March 22nd | March 29th. Don’t worry if you can’t attend all the sessions, just come to the ones you can. Please note the team is aimed at over 18s, and the changing rooms are gendered but we will have sole access to them during the time we are there.

It is hoped that after the 6-week training sessions the group will meet on a regular basis somewhere in the city centre to continue and grow as a Trans football team, with support from Birmingham LGBT.

 “as part of my trans journey, I have been football-less for more than eight years in terms of taking part and I am excited about getting to play again” – Katherine

“This is a very empowering thing you are offering – I never felt able to partake in these sports or more likely I was dismissed from taking part when I was younger” – Dylan

“I have been dreaming of the moment I would get to play football once again for so long”

For more info http://blgbt.org/trans-united-new-trans-football-group/ or email activate@blgbt.org.