As part of the Black and Minority Ethnic football development programme, the Welsh Football Trust has developed three new BME senior football teams to join the existing affiliated football leagues.
As part of the Black and Minority Ethnic football development programme, the Welsh football trust has developed three new BME senior football teams to join the existing affiliated football leagues.
Newport Warriors FC (pictured) have joined the Newport and District Football League. The team was set up following a long run of regular turn-up and play sessions. The team consists of players from the African, Asian and Eastern European communities of Newport.
Grangetown All Stars is a team made up of BME players from the Grangetown area of Cardiff, mostly friends who played cricket regularly and wanted to expand their sport-playing opportunities in a competitive environment during the winter season. The team play in the Cardiff Combination League.
Swansea Stars, a team which plays in the Swansea Pic Up Spares Football League, was also set up as part of the Welsh Football Trust inclusion programme in 2009 and this year can now boost the development of a new youth team which will be affiliated and play in the West Wales Youth Football League.
The development of these new teams has also created opportunities for new volunteers and existing coaches to apply for coach education courses, including the FAW Leaders Award, FAW C Certificate Course and the UEFA B Licence.
Current statistics show that individuals from a BME background are less likely to participate or have the opportunity to participate in sport than their white counterparts. Teams such as these provide an ideal stepping stone leading to more football playing opportunities for the both young and older age groups .