Best friends Shay and Frankie, and their team AC United, are back for another football season, another year older, and eager for a win…

The duo soon realise that nothing ever stays the same, and change is a part of life whether they like it or not – both on and off the pitch.

With new team members, the threat of losing their precious home turf, and changes afoot in their family lives, can the boys work together to stay on track… and keep winning?

And, of course, who will be crowned Baller Boy this season?

Join us to celebrate the launch of Baller Boys vs The Bulldozers, the sequel to the number 1 best seller and award-winning Baller Boys!

The launch will be held at The Arsenal Community Hub, next door to the iconic Emirates stadium!

Meet the award-winning author Venessa Taylor who will be giving a special talk and signing books!

Watch the real AC United U12s play an exhibition game against a local team! Who will be crowned Baller Boy of the Match!?

Participate in our crossbar challenge and other competitions to win prizes!

360 Photo Booth with Refreshments will be provided!

Date and Time

Thu, 15 Jun 2023 17:00 – 20:00 BST


Baller Boys follows the adventures of Shay, Frankie and the rest of the crew as they compete to join the local football team and become a “Baller Boy”.

The series of books covers a wide range of issues children face on a day-to-day basis.

Baller Boys tells the stories of the players of the fictional under-nines football team at All Cultures United Football Club.

The book All Cultures United, addresses issues inner-city children face both in and outside of school as well as overcoming their individual personal challenges.

The culturally diverse team are brought together and united by their love of football, their club, and how the boys live in the hope of being developed by Coach Joe and spotted by the local football legend who is Coach Reece, all to receive the accolade of being a ‘Baller Boy’.

It's so refreshing to read a book that has such a diverse range of relatable characters. I love the message that if you are determined and don't let set backs pull you down, you can be successful. Each character has their own challenges but with care and support of the the team they do not let the challenges get in their way. This book will grab the attention of any football crazy young person, but will go on to help them see that kindness and understanding can make a huge difference to someone's life.
Victoria Simmons
Victoria Simmons
Deputy Head-Teacher, London
Baller Boys is a fantastic read for any young person interested in football, friendship and pursuing your dreams.

The characters are diverse and richly talented.

The story will warm your heart.
Alex Wheatle MBE All Cultures United Baller Boys
Alex Wheatle MBE
British Author