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Youth Club Feast

This week our secondary aged youth club celebrated Black History Month by tasting a variety of Caribbean food. Quite out of the ordinary they put the tables together, sat as a group around a table, shared food and spoke about where the food originated from and different flavours and ingredients used. This gave staff and young people the opportunity to engage with one another and have conversation relating to school, education, family life and hobbies and interests of the young people. Some young people said that it felt ‘weird’ as they don’t sit around the table at home with their families, however they all said that they enjoyed the experience and getting to know the staff and other young people more.

 

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Nechells Lions FC – Match Report

Fantastic performance today again!! A cup match against Sandwell FC.

First half the boys really worked well together and the passion was amazing, leading 3-2 at half time. Second half they slightly got off track, losing sight of their formation, and were soon drawing 4-4. Just 5 minutes before the end of the game we went behind 4-5 and from out of nowhere, with the last kick of the game (a corner) the away team school an own goal to level us at 5-5. 

If we can finish the game in future as we started this week we will be winning every game.

End result – 5-5 to smethwick FC

Goal scorers:

Kairo x 1

Kj x 2

2 own goals but assisted but Ackmed !!

Man of the match this week goes to JAHREAL!! Great effort even the referee commented on your performance.

 

Thank you to all the parents/ grandparents/ siblings that came along to support today, a great game helped this week by great weather 🙂

 

 

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Nechells Lions FC

Our new Under 11’s football team, Nechells Lions FC, have joined the Sandwell Minor League – playing 9 a side football on a Sunday mornings. We have been generously sponsored by Approved Shopfitting & Interiors (ASI) and FLR Group, enabling us to buy the necessary equipment needed to enter the league.

Our first match was possibly the worst start we could have! It was the first time many of the boys had played together, and some didn’t even know each others’ names. We didn’t know what was expected of us, being our first ever competitive game, and so it was a very steep learning curve. We managed to score 3 goals, but allowed the other team to score 13!

We train on a Tuesday night with the AVFC Kicks programme, at Heartlands Academy, and then separately on a Wednesday. With all the additional hard work and efforts from the coaching and management staff, and the lads themselves, the team have made a massive improvement and the last 3 matches have seen a win, a loss and a draw. Keep an eye out for the weekly match reports.

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Unique Climbing Wall Feature

We are very happy to have our own climbing wall at free@last and this has always been a feature that we’ve included in our plans for the new building. Although we are not a commercial climbing wall we have designed the wall with a couple of unique features that will hopefully entice climbers to come and have a go! At 14 metres high we are one, if not the highest wall in the Midlands, but additionall to this we have a unique indoor training wall – which teaches you how to lead climb (place gear) and set up anchors – and we have the sky climb. At 14 metres high, this thing moves! So if you think you are brave enough, especially after watching this video, then give us a call to book your time slot. Cost is £25 per person for an hour, with hour an hour each side for warm up and warm down on the rest of the wall.

 

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Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society announce free@last as Charity of the Year

We are really pleased to announce that the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society has named free@last as it’s charity of the Year. We are highly honoured and happy to work with the Society, who have already started their fundraising with a £185 from a Gin Tasting event. Their next big event is their annual ball at the end of November, to which they need a few nice raffle prizes if any businesses are able to help?

Here’s a link to their Fundraising page.

https://www.thebtss.co.uk/free-last

Thanks everyone, you’re amazing 🙂

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