Soccer Mania – BME Football Festival
21 October 2013

Soccer Mania – BME Football Festival

150 junior ethnic minority players between 10-16 years of age participated in a Multicultural Junior football festival at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium

150 junior ethnic minority players between 10-16 years of age participated in a Multicultural Junior football festival at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium

On Tuesday 2 April, over 150 junior ethnic minority players between 10-16 years of age participated in a Multicultural Junior football festival at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium. The project, which is funded by Street Games and coordinated by the Welsh Football Trust and Dynamic Sports, was launched to offer all children from BME communities across Cardiff who don’t play mainstream football, an opportunity to take part in football, with further coaching sessions to follow on a weekly basis.



The main objectives of this festival however was to promote four football coaching schools that will be based in the four high BME areas of Cardiff which is Butetown, Grangetown, Riverside and Splott, where children from BME communities can attend on a weekly basis to be coached by the new qualified coaches from this project.

The festival also ran as part of the Street Games initiatives recruiting new
volunteers from the community. On the day there were eighteen volunteers recruited by Dynamic Sports who successfully coordinated the event. Each volunteer will now undertake their FAW Level 1 coaching qualifications which will enable them to deliver sessions every week as part of the project.

All players who attended had a fantastic day, playing mini football games, learning freestyle skills from a local football freestyler and taking part in number of coaching sessions delivered by some of the qualified coaches who were also at the festival. All players who turned up went home with certificates, Street Games T-shirts and medals.



Ali Abdi who is a youth worker in Cardiff and co-founder of the Dynamic Sports development voluntary organisation said, ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to get in touch with children from BME communities and promote our coaching classes which will be delivered weekly. A lot of these kids love football but don’t have the opportunity to play on a regular basis or don’t know where they can play or be coached in a structured manner. I’m looking forward to working with the Welsh Football Trust coordinating coaching sessions in the four coaching hubs with the support of the volunteers from today and hopefully get more children attending each week as word gets around the community’.

The Welsh Football Trust would like to thank Street Games , Dynamic Sports Development and all the volunteers involved making this event successful and our best wishes go to the volunteers and coaches who will continue with this project in the near future.