Chris Coleman to launch Project FUTSAL Hub in Prestatyn
21 October 2013

Chris Coleman to launch Project FUTSAL Hub in Prestatyn

Wales National Team Manager Chris Coleman launched the 2nd Project FUTSAL Hub in Wales

Wales National Team Manager Chris Coleman launched the 2nd Project FUTSAL Hub in Wales

The Wales National Team Manager will be joined by Neil Ward, CEO of the Welsh Football Trust, Tony Maguire, Project Futsal Coordinator and representatives from the Llangefni Hub, the first of its kind in Wales.

PROJECT FUTSAL is a joint initiative between the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Welsh Football Trust (WFT) with the core aim of utilising football as a social inclusion tool in order to facilitate innovative community regeneration

The project has been designed through the cooperation of the FAI and the WFT and secured funding from the Ireland Wales Inter Reg IV Programme 2007-2013 under its theme for the Sustainable Regeneration of Communities.

The overall aim of the project is to provide education and work opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas and to influence and assist community regeneration via employment and volunteerism in the field of sport.

The project is three years in duration and will see resources being invested in twelve communities by the Ireland Wales Programme, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Welsh Football Trust (WFT).

It will involve the sharing of best practice between the two associations and has three main aspects:

1. Firstly, the rollout of twelve Hubs (seven in Ireland and five in Wales) A Hub is an education centre that will be coordinated by FAI/WFT staff. An academic year of adult education/personal development, football coaching education and work/volunteer placements will be offered to thirty participants from the local community at each Hub. The target ratio of male to female participants will be 50:50.The main objectives are to enhance participants’ employability and/or enhance their prospects of going onto further education.

2. The second element of the project involves setting up pan-disability football teams attached to each Hub. The project will encourage and assist local communities around the Hubs to support the delivery of football to a wider range of players with disabilities in their communities.

3. The third aspect of the project will be to conduct longitudinal research on the effectiveness of football as a tool towards social inclusion and learning within disadvantaged communities. It is envisaged that the research will assess football’s impact on education, community involvement, and the creation of work opportunities. Research will also be conducted around the impact of Pan Disability football on participants and families.

The project will empower specific target groups to be involved in the sustainable regeneration of their local communities through the development of Local Hub Committees which will be composed of members of the community and local statutory agencies.

The hubs will be rolled out on a phased basis beginning in September 2011 and reaching the optimum number of 12 hubs (7 in Ireland and 5 in Wales during 2013).

Chris Coleman to launch Project FUTSAL Hub in Prestatyn
Chris Coleman to launch Project FUTSAL Hub in Prestatyn