2016 was a great year for Welsh football, now it's time to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
25 December 2016

2016 was a great year for Welsh football, now it's time to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017 before wishing everybody compliments of the season



The highlight of 2016 was clearly the unprecedented success of the national team at Euro 2016.

More than 200,000 people lined the streets of Cardiff to welcome the team home.

We're focusing heavily on capturing the interest and enthusiasm that has emerged.

We've put a catalyst plan in place which is about taking forward our key activities to grow the game and raise standards further in the next 12 months.



We're not complacent and we want to build on the success of the last 12 months.

For me the key priorities are workforce and facilities.

We want to make sure there are as many coaches working in the right areas as possible to grow the game and make sure young people have the opportunity to take part in football.

Grassroots clubs are facing increasingly difficult challenges with local authorities increasing pitch hire fees and closing facilities so we need to work with them to protect places to play.

I'd like to thank everybody involved in the grassroots game for their efforts in the last 12 months and to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year.