The Midlands' last remaining Premiership club has become the first side from the country's top league to set up a new Government-backed scheme designed to benefit children of all ages.
Aston Villa will sign up to 2,500 pupils a year, from primary school to further education, for training courses run by its newly-formed Community Interest Company (CIC).
The project is based on the club's Villa Vitality scheme which, along with Birmingham's four primary care trusts, targets young fans in a bid to help tackle the region's rising obesity rate.
Using Villan Radio's high-tech radio studios and IT suite, they have to produce a "live" programme based on what they have learnt about healthy eating and how exercise affects different parts of the body.
Initially, children taking part in the club's new CIC courses will be given media training and skills, and also spend time at Villa's football academy.
A new board of trustees is currently being appointed, who will then draw up a curriculum of courses designed to benefit the local community's health, education and employment opportunities.
To enable students to concentrate on honing their radio skills without the pressure of a live audience, the Sky Digital 0153 signal, on which the station broadcasts, will be switched off.
Bob Williams, station director, said: "The Villan Radio and Aston Villa already have an excellent reputation in the community for the work that it does with young people though partnerships with organisations like the city's NHS primary care trusts.
"To establish ourselves as the first professional football club anywhere in the country to become a Community Interest Company is not only a great honour but sets the standard for football and community partnerships."
The club is expected to invest £250,000 a year into the scheme, which will offer courses free to local children and young people.
Mr Williams explained that Premiership clubs were now doing more to "give something back" to their local community.
He said: "We've all become more aware of the issues we're facing and the opportunities that we are missing, which is what our CIC wants to tackle.
"If these children and young people then go out and become dieticians or sports scientists, there's potential for them to c ome back to us as an employee."