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Local MP calls for protection of Aston Villa's youth development

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

Bodymoor Heath could be impacted by the the building of HS2.

MP for Perry Barr, a council constituency in Birmingham, Khalid Mahmood has told the Great Barr Observer of how important it is that Aston Villa’s training facilities at Bodymoor Heath are protected after the building of the High Speed 2 railway line.

The route will cut through the site of Villa’s training facilities and that is a big concern for the club and Mahmood.

Aston Villa's Jack GrealishAston Villa's Jack Grealish

He claims that Aston Villa have a strong case to receive compensation for the railway line, suggesting that the Championship side need the facilities to produce such talented players as current first-teamer Jack Grealish.

He told the Observer:

"Aston Villa have a strong case to receive the appropriate compensation from HS2.

"The noise from passing HS2 trains will severely disrupt coaching and learning, especially for the young kids from the academy.

"The new report about the noise levels is in my eyes compelling evidence and I urge HS2 to work constructively with Aston Villa to get the best outcome for all.

"Aston Villa is an essential community asset to the region, a symbolism, and they need training facilities to produce the next crop of Birmingham superstars like Jack Grealish."

Nathan Baker defendsNathan Baker defends

Aston Villa’s youth-team have producing some top talent in recent years. The likes of Grealish, Gary Gardner and Nathan Baker are currently regulars in the first-team at Villa Park whilst Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Andre Green look like future stars.

However, the development of HS2 is clearly something of a concern for Villa going forward and a need to establish the impact it could have must be of paramount importance in the development of the club.

Hopefully the right conclusion can be reached for Aston Villa and their young talent.

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