Modern, Flexible Playing Opportunities in Wales
29 April 2013

Modern, Flexible Playing Opportunities in Wales

Flintshire Under 7 and 8 Junior League, Successful Centralised 3G Playing Programme

Flintshire Under 7 and 8 Junior League, Successful Centralised 3G Playing Programme


Over the close of the 2012/13 season football in North East Wales at grassroots level has been affected quiet severely by poor weather conditions, affecting hundreds of both Junior and Senior League games, and thousands of playing opportunities each year have been lost.

With this in mind, over the previous season North East Wales Club Development Officer Mark Roberts has been leading a consultation within Flintshire with the aim of continuing to support the development opportunities available to young players, but more importantly to increase game time for the many young players who have had their fixtures cancelled on a weekly basis, due to poor playing conditions and unsuitable grass playing pitches.


In November 2012, a proposal by Mark was put to the local Flintshire Junior League Committee and its member clubs, to drastically change the playing format available to young players in the local Junior League. This involved piloting a 6-month centralised playing venue on the excellent all-weather Deeside Leisure Centre 3G Pitches.

After several meetings and development support from the local council and its facility, a starting date was provided and a structure created to ensure all 280 Under 7 and 8 local Mini-Football players could participate on a weekly basis and not have to worry about cancellation of fixtures and a curtailment of any individual development.


Welsh Football Trust Officer Mark Roberts explains “With so many cancellation of games, and so many missed opportunities for our local Mini-Football players, we have now been able to provide a suitable playing structure which allows all 52 teams across the two age groups and nearly 300 players, a formatted playing programme on our centralised 3G playing facility.”

The Deeside Leisure Centre Facility hosts a three hour playing structure every Sunday morning in Flintshire, and provides an opportunity for all 52 Teams, 62 Coaches and 300 players to gather within one venue and an opportunity for a FAW Mini-Football Age Specific Games Programme with 30×20 Age Specific Pitches, Mini-PUGG Goals and an hour’s playing time to take place; something which has delighted Mark.

"The format and design of the facility has allowed an all-ready developed Under 7 and 8 Age Appropriate Pitch Size and Goal Size, as required across Wales. This smaller version of the game goes hand-in-hand with the 3GPitches and supports not just the players overall technical developments and opportunity for much needed contact time, but a fun, enjoyable and safe environment for coaches, parents and, of course, boys and girls to attend without the worry of frozen pitches to deal with.”

For more information on the initiative or to find an Under 7 or 8 playing opportunity in North East Wales, please contact Mark on [email protected]

Modern, Flexible Playing Opportunities in Wales
Modern, Flexible Playing Opportunities in Wales