Cefn Druids Football Club – Inaugural Club Development Event
21 October 2013

Cefn Druids Football Club – Inaugural Club Development Event

Cefn Druids Football Club hosted its Inaugural Community and Club Development Event with just over 1,500 local participants

Cefn Druids Football Club hosted its Inaugural Community and Club Development Event with just over 1,500 local participants



On Sunday May 26th, Cefn Druids Football Club hosted its inaugural Community and Club Development event with just over 1,500 local participants, spectators and more importantly members of its community through the doors and experiencing what the club has to offer.

In January 2013 the club engaged with the Welsh Football Trust to support a new Club Development and Volunteer Initiative, aimed at providing local opportunities for local people to support and engage within their local clubs, and in partnership, help further develop not just the local football club, but its community and opportunities within it.

One of these volunteers was the organiser of the event, and WFT and Cefn Druids Club Events Coordinator Shay Brightman said - “the opportunity to support the Welsh Football Trust and my local club, to work towards a passion of mine and getting more coaches and players involved within the game has been a wonderful opportunity, and the recent first development event for the clubs was a huge success and a great reward for all involved.”

Among the 1,500 present on the day were 37 local and regional under 7, 8 and 9 grassroots clubs who participated within a festival games programme on the clubs first team pitch, alongside a local turn-up-and-play session to engage with local children in attendance. The event was a huge success with just under 500 of the 1500 in attendance involved in small sided games.

Local Club Development Officer, Mark Roberts said – “The opportunity to utilise the club as a vehicle to drive our aim of growth at grassroots forward has been key, and Shay’s hard work and efforts in structuring such a large event has allowed us to highlight local playing opportunities within the region and engage with individuals who usually would not be attracted to a football summer festival”

Another highlight of the event and attraction to the club, was a local dance competition within the football club’s impressive indoor facility, which attracted just over 150 local individuals to view a variety of dance acts, including Sky One’s, Hit TV Shows ‘Got to Dance’ and local secondary school student, Tom Lloyd-Hughes who impressed the crowds and along with Family Friendly Stalls, events and attractions, helped to engage with a new audience for the football club and an audience that has experienced the surroundings and future plans of Cefn Druids Football Club.