By Jamil Bin-Salih
Wales Women’s internationals Nadia Lawrence and Ffion Morgan got a group of girls excited by football at Gwent Brownie Footy Fest 2019.
The pair, who have been part of the stunning rise of the Wales women's football team, selflessly insist that inspiring the next generation is of great importance to them.
Lawrence said: “The aim of the Welsh national team is to inspire young girls to get involved with football so it’s important that they start from a young age and the most important thing is that they enjoy it.”
“The aim is for the girls to come along, have some fun and hopefully go on to join clubs,” she added.
“The biggest part of playing for the national team is to inspire these youngsters and so long as we keep doing well and they continue to see their role models, they will keep getting involved.”
The inaugural Gwent Brownie Footy Fest was organised by the FAW Trust, in partnership with Girlguiding Gwent and Coleg Gwent, and was attended by 80 Brownies.
The event aimed to offer the Brownies an introduction to football, in a safe, fun and familiar environment.
FAW Trust Football Development Manager Katy Evans said: "We're constantly looking at ways that we engage girls in football and we know that they won't all join a club straight away, so our plan is to create positive football experiences for girls who have never played before.
"Then they hopefully fall in love with the game and join clubs further down the line."
County Commissioner for Girlguiding Gwent, Andrea Rodley, believes that football can play a major role in increasing girls’ participation in all sports.
She said: “From a footballing point of view, many of the girls who have played today have never played before so it’s exciting for me to be able to give these sorts of opportunities to them.”
“We’re very passionate about making sure that girls have physical literacy within Girlguiding and to give them opportunities to get out and enjoy themselves and not care about what they look like is just incredible.”