Game ON! Gaining skills and making friends – through football.

Pictured are Ali Abdi; Jarred Harvey and Jason Webber

Pictured are Ali Abdi; Jarred Harvey and Jason Webber

The Supporters’ Trust has helped 30young people from across the South Wales come together to promote friendship and understanding through football.

The 14-16 year-olds from Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd joined colleagues from the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown areas of Cardiff at the University Fields in Treforest to develop their footballing skills and to discuss issues which are important to them.
The day kicked off with a session from Show Racism the Red Card. The players then had skills coaching sessions and a talk on the use of legal and illegal drugs. The day ended with a friendly football tournament.The event was organised by Game On and Dynamic Sports Development who engage young people through football and the event was sponsored by the Supporters’  Trust.Trust Chair, Tim Hartley, said, “These young people come from very different backgrounds and some of them will have rarely ventured either out of their own communities. This event was such a success we will be organising a return fixture at Cardiff’s House of Sport next month.”

Dane Facey from Game On Wales said, “We are encouraging young people from a variety of Communities First areas to come together and develop positive personal experiences that can increase interaction and social development between young people.”

Ali Abdi from Dynamic Sports Development said, “This session was a fantastic opportunity for our young people to engage with others of the same age and learn, understand and appreciate similarities and respect differences.  It created a real opportunity to foster and encourage new and lasting friendships between young players from across South Wales”