The Racecourse Community Foundation is delighted
During a summer that created a generation of lifelong Welsh football fans, 1,500 children took part in a record breaking summer school for Wrexham AFC.
The club’s charitable arm, the Racecourse Community Foundation, hosted three week-long soccer camps across North Wales and the results were phenomenal.
The first week was enjoyed by children in Buckley, Flintshire, the second week at Colliers Park, Wrexham and the third week at Denbigh in Denbighshire.
The innovative programme also saw a record number of female players participating in the camps, which will help the club grow its female football programme.
The youngsters learned a number of football related skills based around the Wrexham AFC Dragon moves program, and the coaches worked with players to improve their team work and communication.
As Euro 2016 captivated the entire nation, the children at the summer school took the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the countries participating in France and took part in their own mini Euros tournament.
Some of the Dragons’ first-team players turned up at the camp to hand out awards to players who demonstrated excellent skill, learning and fair play.
Business Development Manager Matthew Jones says Wales’ success at Euro 2016 generated tremendous enthusiasm and Wales shirts were by far the most popular on show.
At the end of the camps, all of the players involved were given tickets to watch a Wrexham AFC home game.
Mr Jones added: “This summer’s camps have been the most successful we have run and I have no doubt that this is in some part down to the success of Wales at Euro 2016.
“The country’s success at the tournament seems to have got everyone enthusiastic about the game and this is certainly benefiting us at grass roots level.
“A huge amount of credit must go to Rob Morris who co-ordinated this year’s camps as well as our team of coaches; Josh Evans, Gemma Jones, Del Morgan and Luke Wynne.
“We will be running similar camps through the school holidays during the next 12 months.”