National disability football festival proves huge success

Hundreds of school children from all over Wales took part in the final of the Welsh Football Trust’s disability league festival.

25 disability football teams attended the final – a culmination of two months of regional qualifiers.

The event took place at the home of New Saints FC in the border town of Oswestry and was organised by Jamie Clewer, regional development coordinator of the Welsh Football Trust – the organisation charged with developing grassroots football in Wales.

Jamie said: “The Welsh Football Trust is committed to developing a grassroots structure that provides local, regional and national playing opportunities for players with a disability.”

“The reason for the festival is to encourage football within special schools and units throughout Wales. More importantly, we hope to provide the children involved with a positive experience so they will look to join one of our 22 disability football clubs across the country and play regular football for a club like their non disabled peers.”

The Welsh Football Trust has developed a five-year strategy for disability football in Wales in partnership with the Disability Sport Wales. The strategy, which continues until 2010, focuses on five key areas: participation, development of clubs, coaches and volunteers, talented player support, and media awareness.

Overall winners on the day:

  • Under 16s A: Bryn Castell
  • Under 16s B: Ysgol Belmont
  • Under 16s C: Denbigh HS
  • Over 16s A: St Christophers
  • Over 16s B: Joint winners: St Christophers & Brynllywarch
  • Over 16s C: St Christophers

Club Website is the official website partner of the Welsh Football Trust. The partnership, which is central to the Trust’s ongoing support for football in Wales, will benefit clubs and leagues of all sizes and will enable them to host their very own website completely free of charge.

To find out more about the Welsh Football Trust, disability football or the issues involved, please visit www.welshfootballtrust.org.uk.

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