Birmingham based homeless service nets football kit from British Army Football Association

The British Army Football Association has donated a football kit worth £2,000 to homeless services in Birmingham managed by Trident Reach.

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Lieutenant Colonel David Jones, Assistant Commander 8 Engineer Brigade and Chairman of the British Army Reserve Football Team officially handed over the kit today to Will Neville, Homeless Team Lead at one of Trident Reach’s homeless hostels, and organiser of the sporting activities within the homeless services.

Receiving the new kit will be a great incentive for people to get involved in not just football, but other regular sporting activities that will be introduced to promote better wellbeing for residents at Washington Court homeless hostel in Birmingham, one of the largest hostels outside of Europe.

Will said “I have experienced homelessness myself and found sport, particularly football, to be a great morale boost; as soon as we mentioned regular football matches, I knew we would get a lot of interest from our residents. Those who have actively been involved have enjoyed it and they are excited about the prospect of future, regular football events. We are currently looking for practical ways to introduce a variety of positive sporting activities that fit the diversity of our residents. We have already seen improvements socially with some residents currently involved as well as their mental health. We have also seen a change in the relationship between residents and staff; the nature of the activities have encouraged residents to communicate more with staff and as a result enabled staff to offer more support”

Wayne Tolley, a resident at Washington Court said “Playing football has really picked me up and got me involved in something positive. It has made me feel included and helped me to engage with staff and other residents too.”

Lieutenant Colonel David Jones said “On behalf of the British Army Football Association and 8 Engineer Brigade it is a real pleasure to be able to support Trident Reach and especially Washington Court customers with supplying them with a full football kit. I am pleased to hear that the men of Washington Court have started to play football on a regular basis and the donation of the British Army Football strip will support them with their sporting adventures.”

The new kit will be put to use when residents and staff within the homeless services take on Trident Group staff including Trident’s Group Chief Executive, John Morris in a football match on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 in Hockley, Birmingham.

Washington Court is a 101 bed homeless hostel based in Central Birmingham. If you would like to know more about the scheme contact Robert Evans on 0121 226 5832.

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