Wales' Women's internationals continued to inspire the next generation of footballers at our latest McDonalds Community Football Day.
Chelsea FC Women’s newest signing and Wales star Sophie Ingle was joined by Cyncoed Ladies and shot-stopper Laura O’Sullivan at the Newtown AFC event, where both got heavily involved in the day’s activities and spent lots of time with the excited youngsters.
McDonald's and FAW Trust staff teamed up with volunteers from Newtown AFC and Newtown White Stars to host the event at the home of the Robins, where over 300 budding footballers took part in a fun-filled day of skill-based challenges with the two Welsh internationals.FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR WALES WOMEN'S TEAM
O’Sullivan even stepped in between the sticks for one of the day’s goalkeeping challenges, as well as joining Ingle in presenting medals to all of the players and taking pictures with Wales fans.
“Days like this are massive for Welsh football and to encourage the younger generation to get started in the game at a young age.” Wales stopper O’Sullivan said. “Having these big events where boys and girls can come along, get involved, it’s so important.
“I really wish I’d had opportunities like this when I was younger, because I didn’t start playing until I was in college but if there had been events like this when I was the same age as these kids then I’d definitely have been here and it’s great to see so many people taking advantage of the opportunity.”
Both O’Sullivan and Ingle have played key roles in the staggering success of Jayne Ludlow’s Wales Women’s side of late, and Ingle discussed the feeling of being part of a squad that has inspired a nation:
“It is quite surreal, to be honest. We never thought we’d have this impact on young girls and boys playing football, but it is obviously nice to be getting the results and to be seen as role models for these young players. They come up to us and say how they want to be like us one day, which is really nice to hear, and we really hope they do it and end up representing Wales!”FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FEMALE FOOTBALL IN WALES