The Albion Foundation is now embarking on an exciting new Overseas initiative which will see our coaches going to a number of countries over the coming months and years.
We aim to develop long term relationships where we can improve the quality of players, coaches and spread the word of West Bromwich Albion.
Last week, Schools Development Officer Dave Lawrence and Community Coach Liam Wall travelled to Lagos, Nigeria, to assist on the delivery of the 2nd Annual Greensprings/ Kanu Soccer Camp.
The coaches enjoyed some sightseeing around the Nigerian state, before the children arrived. The camp lasted 6 days, was open to all children in Nigeria, and based at a boarding school in the Lekki area of the capital, Greensprings.
Former Albion striker Nwankwo Kanu now endorses the programme, and was on site during the week, seeing the 5 to 17 year olds being put through their paces by the three UK coaches (including Gary Judge from Liverpool) and three coaches from the Netherlands who also supported the project.
Dave commented on the trip “The trip allowed us to not only develop ourselves as coaches, meet people from a completely contrasting culture to what we are used to, but also was used as a tool to promote the West Bromwich Albion FC badge in Africa. The media attention we received when we were out there was tremendous, and because of this, the country will have been exposed to the good work we provide as a community programme. We hope that the quality of coaching, and professionalism we showed, along with the other coaches, will allow us to develop this programme, and hopefully be invited back next year.”
This was certainly the case as David Shepherd from Euroworld Sports Ltd who was also present at the camp and organised the trip feedback: “Liam and Dave were outstanding representatives on behalf of WBA FC, maintaining the very highest standards throughout. It was a real pleasure working with them, and you will be pleased to know they have left behind many new friends from the Nigerian Football Community.”