Children across North Wales are getting involved
Bangor City have launched an extended version of their Friday Night Football Festival programme for junior footballers.
After huge success of the festivals last season for U6, U7 and U8 teams, which saw hundreds of young footballers and multitudes of junior football teams from across North Wales descend on the Bangor University Stadium, the programme was extended for the 16-17 campaign to include U9; U10 and U11 teams.
This new partnership will see Friday Night Football Festivals come to Bangor City three times a month, once for U6 and U7 and twice for U8 to U11.
These festivals provide an opportunity for young footballers to play on a FIFA 2* 3G football pitch, at a Welsh Premier League Football Stadium.
The fun festival format, at an all-weather facility, ensure that all teams get plenty of matches and every player lots of game time, in an uncompetitive environment, where the onus is on fun, enjoyment and development.
After the success of the scheme in previous seasons for the younger age groups, which saw players and clubs benefiting from the experience, this year in partnership with the FAW Trust this was extended to provide the same opportunities to players at older age groups.
So far this season the club have hosted four festivals, two for U6 and U7 and two for U8 to U11, which has seen more than140 teams entered and more than 1,000 young footballers participating.
A club spokesman said: “These are fantastic nights to host at the football club, it is great to have so many young footballers in attendance, having fun and using the state of the art facilities which we have here, this festival format is great for the players as it gives them guaranteed matches, lots of game time and great opportunities to develop as footballers and we are very happy and proud to be hosting an even larger programme of these events this year than ever before.”