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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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Five residents from the Birmingham YMCA have been selected to take part in the Homeless FA Training at Aston Villa Football club.

The residents will benefit from a combination of football training provided by coaching staff along with various forms of personal development and support.

The lucky five also will be offered the chance to attend a match at Villa Park or enjoy a VIP experience.

Homeless FA runs training courses attached to major clubs including Aston Villa, Arsenal and Manchester United, Norwich City and Sunderland.

Hyacinth Blackburn, Birmingham YMCA's housing service director, said: “Applications are open only to those who have experienced homelessness in the last year and the five residents that have been selected to take part and represent the YMCA know what a fantastic opportunity this is.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for our residents to improve their lives. They will work closely with Villa’s coaching staff towards an accredited Level One Sports Leaders qualification and after the course will walk away with a certificate of participation from the Club.

"Plus, if they impress, they may also be selected to take part in the Homeless FA World Cup in Chile this summer which is sure to encourage motivation amongst our residents!”

Founded in 1849, Birmingham YMCA now provides over 200 units of supported accommodation to people who have been homeless, helping them to live independently.

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