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Aston University teams up with Aston Villa FC

Eye health lessons will be delivered in schools and a mobile eye care unit will provide sight tests in Birmingham

03 Oct 2019 by Andrew McClean

Aston University has renewed its partnership with Aston Villa Football Club and unveiled a new initiative to raise awareness of the importance of eye health among children.

The initiative, Villa Vision, is funded by the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association and will see a mobile eye care unit provide sight tests in Birmingham.

Head of the Aston Villa Foundation, Guy Rippon, explained that the football club is the first in the UK to deliver a programme of eye health awareness lessons in classrooms and provide free sight tests.

“There are a number of inequalities between the least and most affluent areas of the country when it comes to children and adults accessing eye tests, so we will be focussing our efforts on the areas around Villa Park in local schools and community settings,” he said.

Head of the optometry school at Aston University, Professor Leon Davies, added that the university is excited to continue its work with Aston Villa to raise the profile of eye health and the importance of sight tests among children and adults.

“We are proud to support the wider Birmingham community and this project will be a key feature of our civic engagement programme,” he said.

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