Thousands of secondary school pupils, in every corner of Wales, will enjoy new opportunities to fall in love thanks to an exciting new programme developed in partnership between the FAW Trust and Welsh Schools' Football Association.
Newly formed intra and inter school programmes will provide more opportunities to pupils not regularly playing the game in a school or club setting which will see a wider range of experiences for all secondary students across Wales to engage in football activity.
This ground-breaking partnership will ensure Welsh Schools’ FA and FAW Trust work together to improve football provision in schools and ensure all secondary schools across Wales play their part in increasing participation as part of the FAW’s strategy for growing the game.
Schools who engage in the inter and intra-school programmes will be eligible for additional rewards and recognition, including access to the Football Activator Award, which uses football to inspire pupils, aged 14-16, to become coaches and future leaders.
Aled Lewis, Head of Football Development, said: “The creation of these exciting new programmes will provide more opportunities for secondary school pupils to play football and contribute towards our strategic objective of ‘A flexible, appealing and inclusive playing offer’ which has a key target of having 120,000 players by 2026, 20,000 of which will be female.”
WSFA Chairman Martin Evans said: “As Chairman of the Welsh Schools’ Football Association I am delighted to announce this Agreement with the FAW/FAW Trust to encourage more opportunities for pupils of all abilities to play more football in schools. The WSFA has provided International, Inter Association and Inter School football for over 100 years. This new agreement will encourage pupils of all abilities to play football in school and then outside school in turn increasing the large numbers already playing in Wales.”