9 May 2016


Girls at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman have gone to extra time to prove they’re ahead of the game when it comes to football.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Active Young People Team has been working closely with the school’s PE department to provide after-school football sessions every Thursday.

Over 30 girls started playing during the autumn term, and with regular coaching, team work and determination they’ve gone from strength to strength with a string of achievements already in the back of the net.

First, they competed in the Welsh Schools FA Cup competition and a local schools indoor competition where they progressed onto the next round.

Several of the girls then joined their community Club, Ammanford Juniors AFC, and through engaging with the club coaches and training with the club, the school team stepped up a level.

To date, they have won the Swansea City Premier Cup and will be representing Swansea City in Goodison Park, Everton FC, in May; and got through to the final of the Welsh Schools FA U13’s Girls Cup Competition, which they will play in Oswestry - home of Welsh Premier League champions TNS - in May.

To top it off, they won the URDD Girls Football under 13’s Football competition, which was held in Aberystwyth in April.

Cllr Meryl Gravell, Executive Board Member for Sport and Leisure, said: “It is fantastic to see how much these girls have achieved in so little time. We are proud that our Active Young People Team can engage with young people in this way, and help to make such a difference. We wish the girls all the best and hope they continuing raising the stakes for girls’ football in Carmarthenshire.”

Colin Staples, Partnership Manager at the Welsh Football Trust, said: “This is a great achievement and shows what good partnership working can achieve.”