Last week saw the launch of a new Girls’ Football project in RCT with ‘turn up and play’ hubs being set up in Aberdare and Hawthorn for girls aged 11-16. The project, which is financially supported by Sport Wales, Sport RCT and Cynon Taf Housing, aims to address some of the gaps in provision which were identified in research with 200+ girls in February 2015.
The Aberdare session takes place at Abercwmboi RFC on their newly developed 3G facility from 5-6pm every Thursday. Straight away, the new hub welcomed girls that are all keen to play football but not registered with a club. In the last few years, girls’ football opportunities have slowly faded away from the Cynon Valley, leaving these girls with no local opportunity. With support from local club Aberdare Town FC, the new Game On Wales provision will act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the female game in this area.
Following a successful start in Aberdare, the second of our two new hubs kicked off at Hawthorn High School astroturf. In contrast with Aberdare, the Hawthorn hub is well connected to the girls’ game with three teams already training locally; this creates a solid pathway for any new girls that attend the Game On Wales Project. Throughout the session the girls worked on their basic football skills and challenged the Game On team and volunteers in a friendly match.
They’re also actively recruiting volunteers to assist with the project and have already connected with University of South Wales students, and Emily Poole who is a Wales U17 player. Future sessions at both venues will include alternative activities such as Bubble Football and the Game On Wales inflatable shoot-out.
For further information about these sessions, and to register any new players then visit the website here.