The innovative Time Banking scheme rewards people who volunteer in the running and promotion of the Game On project. The tickets, which were arranged with the FAW by Gôl in conjunction with Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, were earned by young people from communities in Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Abertillery and gave the volunteers the opportunity to watch Gareth Bale and Co in their matches against Bosnia Herzegovina and Cyprus at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Chris Foot, Game On Training and Development Officer, said: “These young people are integral to the running of Game On and we hope that they will become the sports coaches and community leaders of the future. Rewarding them with an experience such as this shows how highly we value their contribution.”
Jessica Lloyd, Youth Support Worker for the Fernhill Youth Project, added: “The Game On project has provided a fantastic opportunity for our young people. Their ongoing involvement as players has helped them develop a range of skills and I’ve seen them become more confident. Having the chance to go down to the stadium and watch a Wales qualifying match was brilliant for the boys, especially as some of them haven’t been to a professional match before. They all had a great night and are excited to get back to playing in the league!”
Game On Wales is a Coalfields Regeneration trust project funded by the Big Lottery Fund Wales. Game On leagues and activities are free to participants and are being run across Wales, contact email@example.com or call 01443 404455 for more information.