There's lots going on at grassroots level
A group of guests from Spain, Montenegro, Scotland and Republic of Ireland spent four days in Wales to learn about grassroots football here.
Five guests from each country were joined by UEFA Grassroots Ambassador Per Ravn Omdal to see first-hand how we are building a future for football in Wales.
During their stay, they discussed their findings with FAW Trust Technical Director Osian Roberts, Head of Grassroots Growth Jamie Clewer, Head of Coach Education Carl Darlington, Safeguarding Manager Sian Jones, Partnership Manager Mizan Rahman and UEFA Champions League Community Engagement Manager Rob Franklin.
On the first day, each of the visiting nations presented about their respective grassroots programmes and heard from FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward about how we deliver the game at all levels.
One Day Two, they assembled at Dragon Park to hear in more detail about our Lidl Play More Football and University Activator programmes before Carl Darlington delivered a session on Grassroots Coach Education.
In the afternoon they travelled to Merthyr Town FC to see a Walking Football session in action.
Merthyr Town FC Community Officer Elliott Evans talked the visitors through the success and development of the programme before they stepped out on the pitch to take part themselves.
After a few competitive matches among themselves, they watched on as Merthyr Town’s regular participants were put through a session.
On Day Three, the group returned to Dragon Park to hear from Osian Roberts and Sian Jones before discussing our girls , disability and BME football programmes.
In the afternoon, they visited Cardiff City to find out about their Premier League Kicks programme and how they coach football in areas of social deprivation.
Cardiff City Community Foundation Director and Director of Sport and Health Simon Stephens delivered presentations on their work before the visitors were treated to a live Street Football session under the Family Stand at Cardiff City Stadium.
On the final day, Jamie Clewer delivered a presentation on the legacy of Euro 2016 and the 2017 Champions League final coming to Wales before a review of the visit was carried out.