Villa Park itself is a spectacular sight. Hosting almost 43,000 fans and rated 5 Stars by European football body UEFA there’s an amazing atmosphere at home games whether you’re in the stands of in one of the luxurious corporate suites or boxes.

Every goal keeper will be assessed throughout the goal keeper trial on 10 areas of their game.  It is a tried and tested system was developed by one of the UK's top Goal Keeper coaches who has worked at National Level for both England and Northern Ireland.  He is also an assessor the first team goal keeper coaches for many of the top football clubs in the UK... so hopefully you agree it will be useful info to have on your game!

The timescale for the Blues defender's recovery from injury has been revealed.

Walsall Football Club, nicknamed The Saddlers, are a SkyBet League One football club based in Walsall, just off junction 9 of the M6.

All players are sent an email one Week after the LAST FOOTBALL TRIAL THAT WEEK the following Friday by 8pm. Each player will receive an email that has a decision from the coaches and the scouts on the day.  Players that have been scouted will also receive a call from one of our operations team where we will advise you on who is interested in you and what the next steps are.  

Birmingham was the host for the first ever Cricket World Cup of either gender, a Women's Cricket World Cup in 1973. England beat Australia in the finals.

The city is home to two of the oldest professional football teams in the world: Aston Villa (1874)[17] and Birmingham City (1875).[18] Nearby West Bromwich Albion's ground The Hawthorns used to be divided by the Birmingham/Smethwick border, but was moved completely into the latter by a minor rationalisation of local government borders in the 1960s and is now in Sandwell. In addition, Birmingham features several non-league teams including Romulus and Sutton Coldfield Town.

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

In March 2007, Speedway racing returned to Birmingham after 20 years. A new team was created to compete at the Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium under the name the "Birmingham Brummies".[34]

Lacrosse, a popular Canadian game, was introduced to Birmingham on 23 June 1883 by a team of Canadian Amateurs and Iroquois Indians, who exhibited their prowess at the Lower Grounds. The game never quite took off in the city, however the University of Birmingham, Birmingham Lacrosse Club and Aston University have lacrosse teams.[38][39]

Birmingham's first swimming club formed in 1862 under the title of the "Birmingham Amateur Swimming Club". The "Birmingham Leander Swimming Club", based at Northwood Street Baths, commenced their aquatic activities in June 1877. The two clubs merged to form the "Birmingham and Leander Swimming Club" and moved to Woodcock Street Baths, now part of Aston University.[49]

A statement from the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association said poor conduct has reached "unacceptable levels".

More recently The University of Birmingham trains some of the most promising professional swimmers in Britain.[50] The team has won bronze medal consecutively in the BUSA team championships 2003-04 and 2004-05.

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

West Bromwich Albion Football Club, nicknamed The Baggies, are a Premier League football club based in West Bromwich less than 30 minutes west of Birmingham.

The 1972 World Snooker Championship was held in Selly Oak. It was won by Alex Higgins.

Solihull Moors boss Marcus Bignot talks about the ups and downs of making it in football - as player and manager.

The Wing Yip food empire first began in the city and now has its headquarters in Nechells.[295] The Balti, a type of curry, was invented in the city, which has received much acclaim for the 'Balti Belt' or 'Balti Triangle'.[296] Famous food brands that originated in Birmingham include Typhoo tea, Bird's Custard, Cadbury's chocolate and HP Sauce.

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We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

The City of Birmingham Swimming Club draws from the local water polo clubs and competes at a national level.[37]

In 1882, Bournville Cricket Club was founded in Froggarts Farm on the corner of Bournville Lane and Linden Road, which is now The Old Farm Hotel. The Ground held its first county game when Worcestershire played Essex in June 1910, and in 1982 held an ICC champions trophy 3rd Place Play off when Papua New Guinea played Bangladesh.[16]

Birmingham City are fighting to regain their place in the top flight of British football so you can expect ambitious, energetic football from the Blues if you call into the 30,000-seater St Andrew’s Stadium to see them play.

History repeating itself, unbeaten runs and an unhappy anniversary, BBC Sport analyses the big points from the Football League.


Birmingham has a professional Rugby Union club, Moseley R.F.C., who play at Billesley Common, with a second professional club, Birmingham & Solihull R.F.C., playing at Damson Park in the neighbouring borough of Solihull. The city also has a rugby league club, the Birmingham Bulldogs, who compete in the Co-operative RLC Midlands Premier League (RLC). The city is also home to one of the oldest American football teams in the BAFA National Leagues, the Birmingham Bulls.

Stan Collymore was asked on social media about one particular candidate

Croquet was introduced in 1867; the first code of laws being published in October 1869. There is a croquet club at Edgbaston, which has been in existence since 1900.[58] The club now play at Richmond Hill Road.[59]

Ice Skating Rinks were opened at the Lower Grounds 1 May 1875; at Bingley Hall, 2 October 1875; at Moseley, 6 December 1876; and at Handsworth, 8 October 1877; and, for a time, the amusement was exceedingly popular, more than one fortune accruing from the manufacture of patent and other roller skates. One of the most noteworthy feats on the slippery rinks was the skating of 200 miles in 24 hours by a Mr. F. Betteridge at Bingley Hall, 20 August 1878.

Baggies midfielder saluted for shunning the nonsense of modern day football

Use our Explore section to see a range of local football pitches, clubs and activities in Birmingham

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The first ever speedway meeting in Birmingham was held on 12 July 1928 at The Alexander Sports Stadium (now the Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium). The last speedway meeting of that season was held on 1 September 1928. The first meeting after World War II was held on 4 May 1946 against Norwich. It was used up until 1957 and again in 1960. The Birchfield Harriers then refused for the stadium to be used for speedway again.[32]

The city is home to Birmingham Wheels motor sport park which features a short-track oval circuit based and MSA Kart Circuit. The oval circuit stages a number of high-profile stock car and banger race meetings, along with a charity race event every winter for Children in Need. The Grand Prix Karting circuit, where Nigel Mansell famously began his motor sport career remains one of the most testing circuits in the UK.

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Famous Birmingham/Shropshire boxer Richie Woodhall works and trains with Birmingham Boxing Academy (BBA) and the city's premier boxing team Team Ringside [3]. The BBA is a charitable organisation that works alongside lesser privileged children of central Birmingham. Richie also commentates for ITV, BBC and Sky.

Seven BBC reporters recall their most memorable moments from past Wolves-Birmingham derbies.

Boxing is popular in the city with many clubs and famous professional boxers such as Patrick Cowdell and Robert McKracken who have continued to support boxing in the UK by turning their skills to coaching new up- and- coming boxers. There are many professional boxers from Birmingham including Robert McKraken, Frankie Gavin and Matthew Macklin.

A horse racing course was located at Bromford Bridge in Bromford, Erdington during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[60] A smaller course was located on the former site of Four Oaks Hall in Sutton Coldfield, however its existence was short and it was removed before Sutton Coldfield became part of Birmingham in 1974.[61]

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Birmingham boasts two female amateur roller derby leagues the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames, formed in October 2006 by Bee Bentley who introduced the sport of roller derby to the West Midlands from America. Following this formation, the Central City Rollergirls formed from a split in November 2007.[56]