Minister for Sport and Culture Launches SFW League
John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport and Assembly Member for Newport East, launched the 2014 Street Football Wales (SFW) league at the Play Football Centre, Newport on the 26th March.
SFW is creating a nationwide Street Football network capable of engaging with those furthest away from mainstream support provision. SFW now delivers 4 leagues based in Swansea, Newport, Colwyn Bay and The SFW Valleys league based in Merthyr Tydfil.
To provide support for the provision of training and match days for the SFW East league, Communities First Central Cluster have provided over £2,500 of funding which has also helped fund the launch of the football season.
The Minister spoke with players about their experiences and gave words of encouragement. The players also had the chance to show off their football skills and provided the Minister with an official SFW hooded jumper and whistle, which he used to officially launch the start of the new season.
Minister John Griffiths said: “The Street Football Leagues provides a first class opportunity for young people who have experienced a range of social and health problems to get involved in sport.
“Street Football Wales offers people the opportunity to grow as individuals as a result of being part of a team. Physical health, confidence and self-esteem can all improve as a result of schemes such as Street Football and I would like to wish them every success for the future.”
SFW player Chris Sartin said: “It was great to welcome the Minister for Culture and Sport to our launch day; it was fun to celebrate the beginning of our new season with him. We can’t wait to start training and play matches again, it’s a fun way to make friends, build confidence and learn new skills for the future”.
Lee Robson, Communities First Central Cluster Manager said: "Communities first is all about tackling poverty through a variety of ways, sports and physical wellbeing is one of many. Sponsoring the league allows us to support Street Football Wales in providing opportunities to individuals affected by homelessness, substance misuse and ill-mental health. We are delighted to enter into such a meaningful partnership; we look forward to some great results on and off the pitch".
Keri Harris, our Project Leader for SFW added; “Receiving sponsorship for the East League allows us continue to run regular games and training sessions for the players, which means so much to them and keeps them motivated and confident. We would like to thank Communities First for their support for the year ahead and look forward to starting our new season”.
For more information on the Street Football Wales league call Keri Harris on 01792 572950 or visit www.streetfootballwales.org