Better health, skills and self-esteem in Welsh coalfield communities, through sport.
Game On Wales. Powered by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Home Internationals. Our annual showcase that brings together teams from our sister projects in England, Scotland and Wales.
‘Lifelong Football’ in association with partners we create new walking football sessions in the community for those aged 50+.
'Street Leagues' and regular tournaments delivered in the community are for players of all abilities. As Wales’ most participated, spectated and volunteered sport, football holds an important place in coalfield communities.
'Game On Girls' our outreach football coaching sessions and school tournaments bridge the gap between grassroots and the community club game.
Our Game on Gear Grant is a micro grant scheme that aims to increase sports participation. Up to £500 is available to grassroots sports clubs.
‘Sport Works’ our employability programme that re-engages learners and provides them with the skills, qualifications and experience to enter employment, enterprise activity or further learning.
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