The Welsh Football Trust, entrusted by the Football Association of Wales with a major role in developing the future of Welsh football, has received a huge boost from UEFA in recognition of its work to develop grassroots football across Wales.
The Trust has been awarded 4 stars from the UEFA Grassroots Charter after impressing the panel of judges with its projects to promote youth, girls and disability football projects throughout the country.
The UEFA Charter is designed to develop a coordinated approach and establish benchmark standards for the development of grassroots football among the countries affiliated with UEFA.
Of the 52 countries involved, only five have received the highest accolade of 5 stars - a rating that the Trust and the FAW will apply for in April 2009.
UEFA Technical Director, Andy Roxburgh, congratulated the FAW on the "excellent grassroots work" carried out across Wales. As part of the qualification process, the Trust demonstrated the increased participation in football in Wales as a result of the implementation of its social inclusion grassroots structure.
The Trust’s impressive support and education programme for managers and coaches was also commended by UEFA.
Peter Lee, Chairman of the Welsh Footballl Trust, said that UEFA’s 4 star recognition was a reflection of the huge strides being made in football development in Wales.
"UEFA accreditation of the FAW programmes reflects all the work we are undertaking on the development of football throughout Wales and our commitment to quality coaching, facilities and to ensuring that football is available to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their gender, age, ability or ethnic origin."
David Collins, Secretary General of the Football Association of Wales, said: "The FAW is delighted that our grassroots programmes, run by our partners the Welsh Football Trust, have been commended by UEFA. We and the Trust are determined that they will go from strength to strength for the benefit of Welsh football."