Hundreds of children joined them for a summer of fun
School might have been out but the amount of summer activity at Brickfield Rangers could hardly constitute a holiday.
Nearly 400 children were welcomed to the club’s Clywedog Park for a festival of football action, which kept the post Euro 2016 buzz bubbling throughout July and August.
The dedicated volunteers at the Wrexham based club were so committed to building on the football feel-good factor that they put on five soccer camps, for boys and girls, and welcomed a group of Chinese students as part of a unique cultural exchange.
Community director Andrew Ruscoe was the creator of the busy summer itinerary and he said: “The red dragon has arisen and the success of the Welsh team in the European Championships has certainly created a buzz around Wrexham, which we wanted to capitalise on.
“The number of children engaging in our soccer camps has been amazing.
“We’ve certainly seen an increase in the numbers of girls getting involved this summer.”
The summer of fun kicked off with 62 boys and girls attending the Dave Jones soccer camp on July 28 and 29 before their ground-breaking Chinese Cultural Soccer Exchange kicked off.
The exchange, carried out in partnership with Coleg Cambria, saw a team of Chinese students learn and play alongside the club’s U15 team and newly formed ladies team.
After completing the scheme, which saw 98 boys and women from separate sides of the world enjoy the beautiful game together, Ruscoe said: “It was great to see football bringing two cultures together.
“They had seen Wales play at the Euros and wanted to know our successful secrets.
“By the time they left, they were well aware that the future of Welsh football was in good shape, as well as the present.”
On August 11 and August 12, Wrexham legend Dixie McNeil met more than 80 boys and girls who has excitedly assembled at their Clywedog Park complex for his two-day soccer camp.
A week later former Wrexham, Chester City and Shrewsbury Town player Roger Preece did likewise, just days before 33 girls attended the club’s All Girls Soccer Camp.
Glyndwr University graduate Ruscoe said: “We wanted to promote the female game in the community and the girls got to meet “Big Sister” as the Brickfield Rangers Ladies came to share their football and life stories.”
The final event of the holidays was held in the last week of August and hosted by Team Wales Commonwealth Games shooter Ian Morris.
Nearly 50 boys and girls learned about how skills are interchangeable between football players and competitors in other sports.
At the end of a summer that was as crazy as it was exciting, the club’s delighted community director said: “We engaged nearly 400 North Wales children in football this summer.
“They got to meet some of their heroes and experience new sports and cultures.
“Hopefully this will set them all up for an excellent season.”
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