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Brighton and Aston Villa provide laptops for home learning

24 Jan 2021
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Local youngsters will benefit from access to online lessons as clubs aim to eradicate digital poverty

The challenges of home schooling have been felt by families throughout the pandemic but Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa are alleviating that pressure by providing local schools with additional laptops so pupils can log on for lessons.

Brighton have pledged £25,000 to the club's official charity Albion in the Community and will donate over 100 laptops to local schools in key areas.

Albion in the Community are providing a wide-ranging online and offline programme in support of local schools and teachers, and will manage the rollout of laptops, working with the schools in key areas that urgently need the additional support. 

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Villa and the Aston Villa Foundation are offering their surplus laptops and computer tablets to be refurbished and distributed through the new Connect_In project.

This project aims to ease the increasing issue of digital poverty, where limited or no access to online equipment and the internet has meant children's education has suffered.

Wider support in pandemic

Throughout the pandemic, Brighton and Villa have continued to support their communities by distributing free meals to vulnerable people, assisting local schools with virtual learning tools and opening their stadium facilities to the NHS.

They are among a range of Premier League clubs who have stepped up to help those around them in need since the latest lockdown began.

Tottenham HotspurLeeds UnitedCrystal Palace and Manchester City have allowed their stadiums or facilities to be used as vaccination centres, while hotel rooms at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge are being offered to NHS staff at the local hospital.

See: Clubs offer stadiums to help NHS in fight against pandemic

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