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The BPSFA works in unison with Aston Villa FC to provide the primary pupils of Birmingham with the very best in terms of schools' football. Our city's only Premier League club is a fierce supporter of everything that we do and generously contributes towards the annual cost of our inter-district programme.


Unfortunately for many school associations and districts across Britain, this is not the case. Therefore, we are incredibly appreciative of the support we receive from Aston's finest. 

BPSFA district football offers a clear pathway into an academy side for all district players. 

Everyone at the BPSFA wish to extend our gratitude to Mark Harrison (Aston Villa FA Academy Manager), Stephen Hopcroft (Aston Villa FC Head of Recruitment) and Scott Curry (Development and Projects Recruitment Manager) for their unrivaled support.  

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A word from Steve Hopcroft, Aston Villa FC Head of Recruitment

Aston Villa Football Club (AVFC) has a long and distinguished history of discovering talented young players and providing them with a platform to play football at the highest  level.

It goes without saying that of all the players who have graduated through the Youth Academy at AVFC, it is the players that live locally to the club who are the ones that really feel like ‘One of our Own’.

Local players are the ‘HEARTBEAT’ of every professional football club and that is no different at AVFC. As a Club, we are committed to giving opportunities to local youngsters.

This has been the message for over 100 years and will continue to be the message for the next 100 years and beyond.

The first step on this journey for every boy or girl dreaming of becoming footballer is to play football for their school team before representing their district and beyond.

Birmingham Primary Schools’ Football Association (BPSFA) is a perfect place for boys and girls to play and have fun, to make new friends from all social backgrounds, to experience new challenges and to stimulate and maximise their potential for football, the UK’s national sport.

The Academy at AVFC is very proud to be BPSFA’s principal supporter.

The next generation of first team footballers both boys/men and girls/women will be identified right here in the playgrounds of schools located across the Midlands and we, AVFC, want to be involved in every step of that journey.

Whether it be using our facilities for training or matches, hosting finals at the first team training ground or having our Academy staff regularly watching BPSFA games, Aston  Villa is committed to a long and healthy relationship that will benefit all the boys and girls who play schools’ and district football.

Therefore, we encourage you to get involved and give your best every game. Play hard but fair and remember the MOST important thing is to be part of a team and have fun with new friends.

Good luck to all the players, parents, teachers and coaches involved in the BPSFA for the season ahead. It promises to be an amazing time for all!


Steve Hopcroft

Head of Player Talent ID 

Aston Villa Football Club

Gary Shaw lifts the European Cup with Aston Villa FC after representing what is now Erdington and Saltley Schools' FA. 

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