The Alex Williams Believe & Achieve Trust have very kindly made a generous donation to the Oldham Athletic academy ahead of the new season.This will help provide young aspiring footballers, aged between 9-16, in the Oldham Athletic academy to fund vital equipment to give them every chance of achieving their dream as a professional footballer.
The Believe & Achieve Trust was founded in 2014 in honour of Alex Williams, who sadly passed away in 2012 at the age of 18 after his battle with meningitis.
The Trust aims to increase the physical and mental health of those affected by meningitis and support sufferers wishing to succeed in sport.
Alison Williams, mother of Alex, said: “Alex was a devoted Oldham Athletic fan and would do anything he could to get to a game and support the club.
“Alex’s passion was to believe and achieve and he felt that if you trusted yourself, you could do anything with your life so he set up the charity, Believe & Achieve.
“I knew from day one we needed to support the young players at Oldham because Alex followed all the things they did and believed in their passion.
“We are delighted to donate money to the academy to help them with funds for travel, kits or anything at all. We just want to be a massive supporter of what they do and we know Alex would put his thumbs up to this.
“All the work we do with Oldham Athletic is very important to us as a family because we know that is what Alex would want us to do.”
Academy manager Tony Philliskirk added: “It is an honour for the academy to be involved with Alison, Alex and the Believe & Achieve Trust.
“I’ve got to know Alison a lot over the last few months and the work she is doing with the Trust is absolutely fantastic.
“When she rang to ask if she could make a donation to the academy I was taken aback. It came as a real shock but to know Alex would want this to happen is heartwarming.
"That money will be used for the younger players in the academy to help with equipment and kit. We do have some families that are financially challenged so this will help them massively.
“Hopefully this is the start of a very strong partnership and relationship with Alison and the Trust as they do fantastic work raising awareness of meningitis.”
For more information on the Believe & Achieve Trust, please visit their website by clicking this link.