Game On Wales is the award winning ‘Sport for Change’ programme delivered by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.  

There are still significant problems for the majority of Welsh coalfield communities such as; fewer jobs; higher unemployment rates; more people with serious health issues and a struggling voluntary and community sector.  This is why we exist.  For 10 years, through sport, we’ve helped people in target communities gain new skills, achieve qualifications, find work and become more active.  

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Game On Wales run regular 'turn up and play', 'walking football' & 'street league' sport sessions.  In addition we stage tournaments and deliver sport leadership courses.  Something for everyone aged 7 - 70.    
By Ryan Jones 09 Jan, 2018
Wales hosted England in a pioneering Walking Football international clash.

The Welsh team, represented by Merthyr Town Community Trust’s side, entertained England in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Pontypridd RFC's home Sardis Road.

The event was co-ordinated by FAW Trust delivery partners, Game On Wales, with support from Walking Football United.

England, represented by Birmingham Walking Football Club, started very strongly and were two goals to the good in the opening five minutes.

Wales edged back into the game, but a clinical England side converted their chances and with their goalkeeper putting in a man of the match performance, England were able to extend their lead further.

Wales’ only goal was scant reward for their efforts but met with huge cheers from the home support. England were very worthy winners on the day and lifted the UK Walking Football Championships, the final score 1 – 8.

Dominic Mahoney, Merthyr Town Community Coach reflected, “It's been a great experience for all of those involved, they did such a great job against very strong opposition.

"To see the smiles on their faces, to hear them laughing and joking with one another, no matter the score, not just today, but every week is so great to see. This is the beauty of Walking Football, it truly is a social sport.”

Game On Wales programme manager Ryan Jones said: “At Game On Wales and The Coalfields Regeneration Trust we are proud to support efforts and will continue to ride this explosion of interest.

"There’s a place for competition but we really want to maximise walking football’s health of social benefits by getting the base of participation as wide as we can.”

If you are interested in getting involved in walking football, email us NOW at info@fawtrust.wales

This article first published by FAW Trust - 8th Jan 2018 
By Ceri Hudson 18 Dec, 2017

Over 60+ girls came together to take part in our Game On Girls Soccer Schools Festival on Monday 20th November at University of South Wales Sports Park. With 9 primary schools and 8 teams we were all set for what was to be a fantastic and successful event. With thanks to The FAW Trust and The Coalfields Regeneration Trust we were able to offer girls the opportunity to get involved and play football for the first time. The skill, effort, commitment and respect shown throughout the tournament was superb and we hope everyone who took part enjoyed their time with us.

Llanharry V Dolau & Garth Olwg V Maerdy was our 4 semi-finalists. All four teams battled hard with Llanharry sailing through to the final after beating Dolau 3-0 and Maerdy unfortunately just missing out to Garth Olwg during extra time. Llanharry and Garth Olwg provided us with a thrilling final with both teams having plenty of chances to score, but on the final whistle it was Garth Olwg who were crowned Game On Girls Soccer Schools Festival 2017 Champions, congratulations! Thank you to all the schools, teachers a pupils who took part, we look forward to seeing you at our next Soccer Schools Festival in January 2018.

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