The innovative partnership aiming to give children better places to play football
Grassroots
6 July 2018

The innovative partnership aiming to give children better places to play football

FAW Trust Video - Wrexham Facilities Steering Group
FAW Trust Video - Wrexham Facilities Steering Group

More children than ever want to play football in Wales but we're in desperate need of better places for them to play.

In Wrexham, a group has been created to kick-off the process of tackling this issue, across the region.

Now their innovative model is being developed across Wales, with Cardiff the latest place to set-up a football facilities steering group.

In the north-east Wales football hotbed, Wrexham Council have teamed-up with the North East Wales FA and the FAW Trust, in an attempt to solve the problem for the area’s growing number of clubs.

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FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward said: “Football’s need, in terms of facilities, is big.

“Huge numbers of children are playing every week. We want fit, active and healthy children, across Wales, and football can really help achieve that but the lack of quality facilities is a threat.

“We must collaborate to achieve long-term change, so in Wrexham, we’re looking at a 10-year programme.

"We need the right people on board and Wrexham Council are keen to work with us to take this forward.”

Some of the region's innovative clubs have made a real success with their facilities, like in Connah’s Quay, where a 3G pitch at the town’s high school is managed by the Welsh Premier League club during evenings and weekends.

Also FAW Trust gold accredited club Brickfield Rangers have worked with nearby Ysgol Clywedog in a similar way.

Mr Ward said: “We know that clubs that have their own facilities are able to build on that as a foundation and grow stronger.”

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The steering group will take advice from stakeholders around the region like Wrexham AFC and the area association’s leagues and clubs.

It is also hoped that Freedom Leisure, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Coleg Cambria and other education providers will get involved in the project.

Wrexham Council's Lead Member for Environment and Transport Cllr David A Bithell said: “We want to work in partnership with the FAW Trust and consider practical options for the future management of football facilities in Wrexham.”

“It is about promoting sustainable investment into Wrexham.”

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