Prince William talks to Aston Villa players on a visit to the team’s new performance center

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Prince William seemed delighted today when he visited Aston Villa’s new state-of-the-art high performance center.

The 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who has supported the Birmingham-based team since childhood, was seen chatting and laughing with players on the training ground in Warwickshire.

A radiant William heard about the Premier League club’s community outreach program and the work they did during the pandemic.

The father of three was the guest of honor when the ribbon was cut for the new £ 6 million facility at the Bodymoor Heath Training Center in Bodymoor Heath.

Prince William looked delighted today when he visited Aston Villa's new state-of-the-art high performance center (photo)

Prince William, pictured

Prince William, pictured

Prince William looked delighted today when he visited Aston Villa’s new state-of-the-art high performance center (photo)

The 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who has supported the Birmingham-based team since childhood, was seen chatting and laughing with players on the training ground in Warwickshire (pictured)

The 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who has supported the Birmingham-based team since childhood, was seen chatting and laughing with players on the training ground in Warwickshire (pictured)

The 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who has supported the Birmingham-based team since childhood, was seen chatting and laughing with players on the training ground in Warwickshire (pictured)

A radiant William heard about the Premier League club's community outreach program and the work they did during the pandemic

A radiant William heard about the Premier League club's community outreach program and the work they did during the pandemic

A radiant William heard about the Premier League club’s community outreach program and the work they did during the pandemic

He heard how the club has opened its facilities to antenatal clinics run by the Birmingham and Sandwell NHS Trust, while also meeting representatives from Villa Kitchen, which offers 1,000 hot meals to local organizations every week.

William, in the club’s colors in a navy blue suit and burgundy jersey, along with a blue mask, appeared in a cheerful mood as he chatted with first-team players such as captain Jack Grealish on the grounds.

A spokesman for Aston Villa said: ‘The Duke was given a tour of the new building before learning about the Aston Villa Foundation’s Community Outreach and Support programs, where he met representatives from initiatives such as Villa Vision, TeamWork and Villa Kitchen.

The Duke was also introduced to those involved in the Birmingham and Sandwell NHS Trust’s antenatal clinics who used the Villa Park facilities during the pandemic.

The father of three was the guest of honor when the ribbon was cut for the new £ 6 million facility at the Bodymoor Heath Training Center in Bodymoor Heath.

The father of three was the guest of honor when the ribbon was cut for the new £ 6 million facility at the Bodymoor Heath Training Center in Bodymoor Heath.

The father of three was the guest of honor when the ribbon was cut for the new £ 6 million facility at the Bodymoor Heath Training Center in Bodymoor Heath.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, unveils a plaque on a visit to the Aston Villa High Performance Center at Bodymoor Heath Training Center in Bodymoor Heath

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, unveils a plaque on a visit to the Aston Villa High Performance Center at Bodymoor Heath Training Center in Bodymoor Heath

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, unveils a plaque on a visit to the Aston Villa High Performance Center at Bodymoor Heath Training Center in Bodymoor Heath

The royal family heard how the club has opened its facilities to antenatal clinics run by the Birmingham and Sandwell NHS Trust, while also meeting representatives from Villa Kitchen, which provides 1,000 hot meals for local organizations every week.

The royal family heard how the club has opened its facilities to antenatal clinics run by the Birmingham and Sandwell NHS Trust, while also meeting representatives from Villa Kitchen, which provides 1,000 hot meals for local organizations every week.

The royal family heard how the club has opened its facilities to antenatal clinics run by the Birmingham and Sandwell NHS Trust, while also meeting representatives from Villa Kitchen, which offers 1,000 hot meals to local organizations every week.

Prince William is president of the Football Association (FA) and took over the role in 2006 from his uncle, the Duke of York.

The Duke has shown great interest in all aspects of the game, including his support for the men’s and women’s national teams.

He previously explained why he is a fan of the club, telling the BBC in an interview in 2015: ‘A long time ago I got into football at school a lot.

‘I was looking for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United fans or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the regular teams.

William (pictured), wearing the club's colors in a navy blue suit and burgundy jersey, along with a blue mask, appeared in a cheerful mood as he spoke to first-team players, such as captain Jack Grealish, on the grounds.

William (pictured), wearing the club's colors in a navy blue suit and burgundy jersey, along with a blue mask, appeared in a cheerful mood as he spoke to first-team players, such as captain Jack Grealish, on the grounds.

William (pictured), wearing the club’s colors in a navy blue suit and burgundy jersey, along with a blue mask, appeared in a cheerful mood as he spoke to first-team players, such as captain Jack Grealish, on the grounds.

The Duke of Cambridge today meets Guy Rippon, head of the Aston Villa Foundation, on his visit to the center

The Duke of Cambridge today meets Guy Rippon, head of the Aston Villa Foundation, on his visit to the center

The Duke of Cambridge today meets Guy Rippon, head of the Aston Villa Foundation, on his visit to the center

Prince William (pictured) is president of the Football Association (FA) and took over the role in 2006 from his uncle, the Duke of York.

Prince William (pictured) is president of the Football Association (FA) and took over the role in 2006 from his uncle, the Duke of York.

Prince William (pictured) is president of the Football Association (FA) and took over the role in 2006 from his uncle, the Duke of York.

The Duke of Cambridge is welcomed by Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow, right, on a visit to the Aston Villa High Performance Center

The Duke of Cambridge is welcomed by Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow, right, on a visit to the Aston Villa High Performance Center

The Duke of Cambridge is welcomed by Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow, right, on a visit to the Aston Villa High Performance Center

‘I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table and could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.

“Aston Villa has always had a great history. I have friends of mine who support Aston Villa and one of the first FA Cup matches I went to was Bolton v Aston Villa in 2000. Unfortunately, Villa ended up losing to Chelsea.

‘It was fantastic, I sat with all the fans with my red beanie on, and I sat with all the Brummie fans and had a great time. It was the atmosphere, the camaraderie and I really felt like there was something I could connect with. ‘

Over the weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a nationwide boycott of social media over online racism and sports-related abuse.

Prince William also visited Babcock International in Walsall during his visit to Warwickshire and the West Midlands

Prince William also visited Babcock International in Walsall during his visit to Warwickshire and the West Midlands

Prince William also visited Babcock International in Walsall during his visit to Warwickshire and the West Midlands

The company designs, manufactures and supports custom vehicles for emergency services, civil servants, military and other security-oriented organizations.  Pictured, Prince William

The company designs, manufactures and supports custom vehicles for emergency services, civil servants, military and other security-oriented organizations.  Pictured, Prince William

The company designs, manufactures and supports custom vehicles for emergency services, civil servants, military and other security-oriented organizations. Pictured, Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge (center of photo) talks to Babcock International Vehicle Engineering employees today

The Duke of Cambridge (center of photo) talks to Babcock International Vehicle Engineering employees today

The Duke of Cambridge (center of photo) talks to Babcock International Vehicle Engineering employees today

The Duke of Cambridge looks at a vehicle that has been gutted in preparation for blast and bullet protection

The Duke of Cambridge looks at a vehicle that has been gutted in preparation for blast and bullet protection

The Duke of Cambridge looks at a vehicle that has been gutted in preparation for blast and bullet protection

William and Kate supported football clubs, players and other sports organizations during a four-day absence from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The couple planned to share content online this weekend to mark the sixth birthday of their daughter Princess Charlotte on Sunday.

The purpose of the protest – revealed in Sportsmail – is to convince the tech giants to take a stronger stance against racist and sexist abuse by users of the platforms.

The future king tweeted the decision on his official Kensington Royal Twitter feed, saying, ‘As president of the FA [Football Association] I join the entire football community in the social media boycott this weekend. W. ‘

The Duke of Cambridge speaks to Babcock International staff in Walsall, West Midlands

The Duke of Cambridge speaks to Babcock International staff in Walsall, West Midlands

The Duke of Cambridge speaks to Babcock International staff in Walsall, West Midlands

The Duke of Cambridge inspects a vehicle that has been gutted in preparation for explosion and bullet protection

The Duke of Cambridge inspects a vehicle that has been gutted in preparation for explosion and bullet protection

The Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge inspects a vehicle that has been gutted in preparation for explosion and bullet protection

Prince William talks to the staff at Babcock International Vehicle Engineering, which maintained production levels during the pandemic

Prince William talks to the staff at Babcock International Vehicle Engineering, which maintained production levels during the pandemic

Prince William talks to the staff at Babcock International Vehicle Engineering, which maintained production levels during the pandemic

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