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Welsh Football Project Stars on National TV

Welsh Football Project Stars on National TV

Street Football Wales

A Swansea based project that has helped hundreds of vulnerable people through football will be featured on BBC One this Saturday (16 August) evening.

Street Football Wales provides football opportunities for people who are socially excluded through mental health issues, homelessness or alcohol and drug abuse. It has four leagues, in Swansea, Newport, Colwyn Bay and Merthyr Tydfil, with each one playing one match a month. It provides weekly sports sessions for participants, as well as a training and education programme.

The project was a finalist in this year’s National Lottery Awards, which celebrate the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and will be showcased on The National Lottery Break the Safe from 8pm to 8.50pm on Saturday.

Viewers will see a short film of National Lottery Live presenter Melvin O’Doom visiting a training session in Swansea, ahead of the Homeless World Cup in which they will be competing.

Keri Harris, Founder of Street Football Wales said:

“The chance for our work to be shown on a BBC show watched by millions of people is an amazing opportunity to raise our profile on a national scale.  We are thrilled that so many people will see how talented our players are, which may challenge some of their perceptions.

“We are really thankful for the National Lottery funding, because without this we wouldn’t have been able to support all of the 800 clients that we have done in this past year alone. Street Football Wales really does transform people’s lives, I have seen it first-hand. The impact that we have been able to make on these individuals’ lives is down to the National Lottery funding and of course our dedicated staff.”

Street Football Wales, which has received £181,804 of National Lottery funding, was one of seven projects from around the country competing in the sports category of The National Lottery Awards 2014 – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.  The public has voted for their favourite Lottery-funded sports project, and the winner will be announced in September.

National Lottery players raise £33 million a week for arts, heritage, sports, charities and community groups, supporting more than 430,000 projects since 1994.

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You can find out more about Street Football Wales on their website

Street Football Wales filming for the National Lottery Show on BBC1

National Lottery Live presenter Melvin O’Doom interviewing Street Football Wales Project Volunteer Bethan Clayton