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.
Alan Wells, 70,
retired from Llantwit Fardre
has been participating in walking football for
over six months and has experienced significant health and social benefits.
recovering from throat cancer, Alan has been looking for activities to not only
improve his fitness, but to participate in a sport with other likeminded people
where he can gently get fit and enjoy himself.
Alan outlined ‘The biggest benefit I have recognised is the camaraderie with the others. Taking part has given me the psychological benefit of having something to look forward to. I really never thought I would ever play football again – a game I had not played for over forty years. After a few sessions I was surprised how quickly my skills came back.’
Barrie Griffiths, 76, retired former Heavy Goods Driver from Pontypridd has been taking part in walking football for two months and is already recognising the health benefits including the benefits of having to make quick decisions to keep himself mentally sharp.
Barrie described ‘For the past twenty seven years I have been keeping fit by playing golf at quite a challenging local course, but at my age I am looking for a way to keep fit when the weather is wet and cold. When I saw it advertised I knew I had to get involved, and they are a great bunch of lads. When I was driving for a living I was over sixteen and a half stone, since getting fit I am now under thirteen and feel a lot better.’
Gerald Morton (left), 61, Railway Worker from Treforest has been taking part in walking football for over eighteen months.
Gerald outlined ‘Since taking part my fitness has got a lot better. As the weeks went on I noticed little things like gradually getting out of breath less. As a result of taking part and improving my fitness, walking football has opened up other ways of keeping fit to me such as power walking. Taking part has allowed me to get back into football twenty years after I stopped. It really brings your skills out and I wish I had done it sooner.’
M erion Evans, 60, retired also from Llantwit Fardre has also been taking part in walking football at the Llantwit Fardre Sports Centre for six months. Merion added ‘The biggest benefit I have experienced since taking part is the opportunity to improve and maintain my fitness, getting to meet lots of new people and having the chance to have a good fun workout as an alternative to going to the gym. This is a great opportunity to keep people playing a game they enjoy.’
Paul Payne, 63, retired from Beddau , has been participating in walking football for over two years and takes part in sessions in both Llantwit Fardre and Hawthorn. Paul added ‘Taking part in walking football has given me the opportunity to maintain my fitness and supplement sessions with going to the gym. Walking football is far more of a workout than the term walking implies. I have also made good friends and I really enjoy the banter.’
The players representing Wattstown Boys and Rhydyfelin Girls
travelled to Wrexham courtesy of Arriva Trains Wales and competed against other
teams from communities in England and Scotland. Wattstown Boys were
runners up to Kelty Hearts FC from Fife in Scotland while Rhydyfelin Girls were
runners up to Wrexham Girls.
The Trust’s annual Home International football tournament involved Under 16 teams from each of the three Home Nations. Players were selected on the basis of geography and impact on their lives rather than on ability.
Speaking on behalf of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Programme Manager Ryan Jones said: “The tournament is a showcase for the Trust - it reconfirms our role in tackling head on the low levels of sport participation and high levels of inactivity and anti-social behaviour in coalfield communities. A key theme is engaging with young people providing support for activities that help divert them from the potentially negative influences by engaging them in healthier and more positive activities.”
He continued: “Locally, British Transport Police Officers have been supporting the Pontypridd ‘Street League’ at Sardis Road, that regularly attracts 70 to 80 young people from Graigwen, Maes-y-coed, Ponty Town, Hopkinstown, Wattstown, Church Village and Trallwyn.”
Geraint Morgan, community relations manager for Arriva Trains Wales, said; “We were pleased to support the young people with their travel arrangements to Wrexham. Sport is a great way of encouraging young people to lead healthy lives, make new friends, share experiences and bring communities closer together.”
The two day tournament staged by Wrexham FC’s Community Foundation was held on the site of the old Gresford Colliery, which is managed by The Gresford Trust. It was the scene of the 1934 Gresford colliery disaster - one of Britain's worst coal mining disasters where 266 men and boys lost their lives.
For further information, please contact Programme Manager Ryan Jones on 01443 404455.
Community Affairs Manager
Arriva Trains Wales
Trenau Arriva Cymru
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is commissioning a national project development proposal with the aim of developing and delivering a united, consistent ‘Sport Works’ programme across the 3 CRT nations.
The proposal will require a realistic assessment of the following:
• A robust evaluation of existing programme delivery, vision and outcomes across England, Scotland and Wales coalfield community areas, to ensure full alignment with the needs of each nation whist complementing current delivery programmes across the Trust as a whole.
• Research and analysis of the current market, including potential competitors, collaborators and partners.
• Development of a coherent and consistent approach and theory of change across 3 nations representing a strong business case to potential UK funders.
• Cost analysis.
• Consultation with all 3 CRT nation representatives.
• An analysis of risk.
• An analysis of investment / funding opportunities that can best deliver the project.
• To consider various Company structures for effective delivery of the project including stakeholder interests.
The contract will be allocated on a value for money basis to the organisation with the most appropriate skills, experience and track record.
The budget available for this project will not exceed £7,500 including VAT, and we would expect submissions to be priced competitively.
Closing Date 25th August 2017. Full text notice on Sell 2 Wales: https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/show/Search_View.aspx?id=AUG211300