CEO Neil Ward explains FAW Trust partnership with Ligue de Bretagne de football
9 June 2016

CEO Neil Ward explains FAW Trust partnership with Ligue de Bretagne de football

It's part of our Euro 2016 legacy



On Wednesday we announced our historic two-year partnership with the Ligue de Bretagne de football at the Welsh team's Euro 2016 base in Dinard.

Here CEO Neil Ward explains why we've made the link and how it will help Welsh football to grow and prosper...

So why has the link been made?

"One of the key roles of the FAW Trust is to identify, develop and prepare talented young players for future international competition.

" And we are extremely proud that 12 of the Wales team selected for the Euro have progressed through our talent pathway and development squad structures in the past 10 years.

"We aim to continue to deliver this conveyor belt of talent and play our part in ensuring that future international tournament qualification is regularly achieved.

"In addition to striving for success on the field at Euro 2016, the FAW and FAW Trust are working extremely hard to ensure that we maximise the opportunities that the tournament presents to deliver important legacies which enhance the protection, promotion and development of football in Wales."



How did it come about?

"Since achieving qualification we have identified a number of new initiatives and programmes to build on our present successes of growing the game and raising standards."

"We are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership between the FAW Trust and the Ligue de Bretagne de football commencing in February next year which will involve an exchange programme comprising national development squad players (boys and girls) at under 15 level."



What are the benefits of the partnership?

"The Exchange Programme will play a significant part in the process of raising standards of football in Wales. It will also leave an important legacy of our time here in Brittany.

"We are grateful to President Hillion and to the excellent staff of the Ligue de football de Bretagne for their support and enthusiasm towards the programme.

"Their support has been typical of the hugely positive response that we have enjoyed from the Bretagne people since Dinard was announced as the Wales team base.

"We very much look forward to the first exchange visit in February 2017."



What else is the FAW Trust up to at Euro 2016?

"We have planned a number of events, both in Wales and in France, to acknowledge and thank our key stakeholders from fans to sponsors, to funding partners and government ministers, for their past support and to foster further support for the future.

CEO Neil Ward explains our partnership with Ligue de Bretagne de football
CEO Neil Ward explains our partnership with Ligue de Bretagne de football
CEO Neil Ward explains our partnership with Ligue de Bretagne de football