Open training day feedback from my grandkids

We haven’t had any feedback about this event from any of our readers on here, but I convinced my daughter to take her two six year old twin lads to go and have a look.

For background info, my kids have had the Villa pumped into them from birth and this particular daughter was fortunate enough to hook up with a Villa fan who has maintained the tradition, in that he’s mad Villa and is a genuine overall footy fan to boot.
He has coached in Australia and now coaches kids in a certain league in the Midlands.

Of course, he pumps the Villa mantra into his lads too.

Anyway, I’m digressing.

The point is, the kids went to the training day and absolutely loved it.
They watched the players training and the big highlight was of course, the autograph signing session.
What tickled me was the fact that the one player they couldn’t quite understand was Nathan Baker.
When they asked what his name was, he replied “Nathan”.
They had to ask him three times though, as they didn’t quite understand the name; it was obviously new on them.

The fact that they had no problem with all the foreign players’ names (Kozac, Luna, Vlaar, Tonev etc) tickled me too.
One of the grandsons had the nous to ask all the players they met, what number shirt they wore and added it to his (written, not a computer) notebook.
Pretty canny, for a six year old, I thought.
The players were all very friendly and made the kids feel welcome, by all accounts 🙂

I can happily say that the Villa do this sort of stuff very well.
The family fun days are highly recommended too.
I took one of the other grandsons to one and he loved it.

I know this isn’t particularly relevant to the mainstream fans that frequent the site, but I feel it’s important in that the Villa need to do stuff to stop kids moving to the usual suspect successful clubs.

And it’s not as though there’s much else happening, after all.

Zaha to Villa on loan, for example?
Do me a favour.

He’d be far too expensive.


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  1. Bill Pearson.
    Bill Pearson. November 17, 2013 at 9:25 am . Reply

    Badger, if its the £50 adult two kids well worth the experience for your grandkids, my two went about 4 weeks ago and they loved it, Liam the lad is 7 had his picture taken with a like size cutout of Benteke and never stopped on about it. I did not attend as it was a birthday day out for his friend and him. They are well looked after when they get to the ground, is this the day on the 30th of this month playing Sunderland? If so go for it.

  2. Bill Pearson.
    Bill Pearson. November 17, 2013 at 9:28 am . Reply

    Sorry mate you had the training day, our was the match day game , never the less its a good value for the kids and you.

  3. Bill Pearson.
    Bill Pearson. November 17, 2013 at 5:09 pm . Reply

    Sorry Badger was away watching a film, well see the pub on my icon next to my name, that’s the pub, I travel from Galley common in the Nuneaton area, that pub is called the ( Villa Tavern) in Nechells where I was born. The best of it you can take the kids in and walk to the ground, it holds a lot of memories as my father and his mates used it as kids in his day, yes would be nice to do the one day and have that drink, if at anytime you go just ask the bar staff where I might be in the pub ,always with my mates and son in the bar on match days. 🙂

    1. BWS
      BWS November 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm . Reply

      Hey Bill why the call it treckle town?

      1. Bill Pearson.
        Bill Pearson. November 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm . Reply

        No idea what that means Bill, I live in a village 3 mile away, Trekle town? New one on me mate sorry,

        1. BWS
          BWS November 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm . Reply

          Work in cov mate and thats what the locals call nuneaton , thourght you might shed some light on it?

          1. BWS
            BWS November 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm . Reply

            treacle town Bill.

          2. Bill Pearson.
            Bill Pearson. November 18, 2013 at 7:26 am . Reply

            I’ll try and find out Bill, wonder if in the past was due to being a place that made treacle or cakes, other than that no idea. Been here 10 years now new lad to them.

        2. BWS
          BWS November 18, 2013 at 11:45 am . Reply

          Bill I hope you haven’t become a product of your environment, wearing a flat cap, donkey jacket, started keeping pigeons, bought yourself a whippet and a Vauxhall Viva and saying ‘DUNNT’ instead of ‘DON’T’ .ahhhh!

          Only joking Bill, Galley Commons a nice place mate.

  4. Bill Pearson.
    Bill Pearson. November 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm . Reply


  5. BWS
    BWS November 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm . Reply

    See this Red Bull rumour is doing the rounds again with the Metro.
    To be honest can’t make my mind up if it would be a good or bad thing for Villa, on the good side perhaps the investment would come in to put us there with the elite but on the down side (from the Metro) “When the company bought FC Salzburg in 2005, it changed the club’s name, management and staff, removed its previous violet colour from the badge and claimed it to be ‘a new club with no history’” and that aint so good.

  6. Bill Pearson.
    Bill Pearson. November 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm . Reply

    Your giving me nightmares Bill, ffs that would be a crime to all Villa fans, mind you Oohah might like it.

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