As part of the Welsh Football vision working towards 2020 to increase participation, the Welsh Football trust have teamed up with Cardiff City Football in the Community and key volunteers to initiate one of 5 targets from the 2020 strategic plan. Target 5, seeks to achieve a registration figure of 4% of players from the Black and Minority Ethnic community which mirror the Welsh population.
Both partners have identified and implemented a plan to set up a structured coaching centre in Grangetown . The Grangetown Channel View Leisure Centre which will host age groups from 7 – 15 years of age has been especially selected due to its location of facility. The centre is in close range of the main high BME areas of Cardiff which will help breakdown transport barriers.
The weekly sessions will be coordinated and delivered by Cardiff City Football in the Community coaches with sessions split into 3 age groups to give the children an opportunity to play structured enjoyable football and gain more playing time. So far there are around 30 children from BME backgrounds who have shown an interest in attending the sessions.
Mohammed Islam who is one of the key contact of communicating the project to the BME Communities said 'This is a great opportunity for the children from our communities receiving coaching sessions by coaches from a big club such as Cardiff City FC. There are a lot of Bluebird fans in this area and seeing them involved within the community would bring a lot of joy and motivation for new players to join'.
Target 5 is also having a positive impact from other regions across Wales, in Gwent the Welsh Football Trust are working in partnership with Newport Live to develop more playing opportunities for the BME communities. Both partners have worked towards accessing a grant from Sport Wales Equality and Human Rights funding, plans are being put in place to develop numerous projects in Newport to help raise participation figures.