Whether young or old, everybody can play football
Our 2016 grassroots impact award winners are planning to engage even more footballers from even more sections of society in 2017.
Game on Wales was a social inclusion project set up in Pontypridd and only three people turned up to their first session.
Now, they organise national events and are working with girls, the over 50s and young people to break down the barriers between them and football.
After collecting the 2016 McDonald’s Grassroots Impact award, founder member Chris Foot said: “The project tries to tackle barriers that exclude people from participating in football.
“We work with girls, over 50s, young people, with multiple aims, including tackling anti-social behaviour and inactivity.
“It's a project that tackles the barriers that exclude people from participating in football.
“We also try to direct people to volunteer, get qualifications and live a healthy lifestyle.
“Every player, from every background, started at grassroots and without the volunteers and facilities that make that happen, there wouldn't be an elite game.
“It's a phenomenal thing and it's having a massive impact on people's lives.”
To anybody who says it’s impossible for them to play football, Chris has a simple message: “Whatever problem you think there is, it's never insurmountable.
“There are lots of opportunities out there.”