The WFT ran a Inaugural Football Tournament and a specialised Level One Football Course
The event was one of the first of its kind and credit goes to Football Development officer Mark Roberts for oraganising a fantastic event which SRtRC hope will be a annual course
Jason Webber Campaign Worker (Wales)
Refugee Week Wales is an annual event held in June, activities and events are organized throughout Wales to celebrate the culture diversity, skills and talents that refugees bring to local society. The Welsh Refugee Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, the Wrexham Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Group, Refugee Diversity Wrexham and WFT Football Development Officer Mark Roberts organized a number of events in Wrexham to celebrate Refugee Week, in particular an Inaugural Football Tournament and a specialised Level One in Football Course.
The first stage of the Initiative consisted of a tournament of Five 5 a-side teams including the Diversity Football Team which is supported by Refugee Diversity Wrexham, Wrexham Council and North Wales Police and local Football Development Officer Mark Roberts. The event took place in Bellevue Park, Wrexham. The Festival has been used to continue to bridge the gaps between many within the Refugee Community and local residents after years of Tension and Riots within the County.
The event which was a success for all involved has helped raise the profile and the awareness of the Welsh Refugee Council and was finalised when 15 local refugees took part in their very own Football Association of Wales, (Level One) Football Leaders Coaching Award at Clywedog Sports Centre on Sunday September 5th and 12th.
All 15 Candidates who accumulated a variety of Nationalities and Religions including, Kurdish, Iraqi, Pakistani, Asian, African to name a few took part within their very own translated Coaching Course. All candidates where fantastic through-out and also their input was great, across both days,
Also two more positive sides, Romail Robin a young gentleman who was on the course will be attending our Level Two Football Course in October which will be the next step for his own personal development and progression and will be a key asset in many of our local inclusion initiatives to be ran through-out 2010-11 School and Football Season.
Another positive development was Mathew Mapenzura who will be linking up with his local Junior Club to assist with one of the young Mini-Football teams for the up-coming Football Season.
The Next step for the groups progression is to arrange a date for a First Aid Course for all of the team to attend as it would complete their Level One in Football and is a great certificate to hold in terms of additional work etc.. this course has already received funding from this through the Community Chest Grant.
SRtRC will work with all individuals and groups involved to achieve these aims in conjunction with the WFT