Young people from the South Wales Valleys and Cardiff came together recently to promote friendship and understanding through football.
The day was a huge success with more young people not only learning about racism but coming together, meeting new people from different communities and making new friends. There was a big difference by the end of the day.
Groups from Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd met up with young people from the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown areas of Cardiff to discuss issues important to them and of course to play some football.
During the day at the University Fields in Treeforest Show Racism the Red Card Campaign Worker Jason Webber delivered a workshop and led a open discussion with the young people. New Links Wales also discussed the temptations and issues surrounding the use of legal and illegal drugs.
After the workshops the young people took part in some skills coaching sessions and the day ended with a friendly football tournament.
The event was organised by Game On and Dynamic Sports Development who are already engaged in getting young people into football and the event was sponsored by the Cardiff City Supporters Trust.
Trust Chair, Tim Hartley, said, “These young people come from very different backgrounds and some of them will have rarely ventured either out of the valleys or Cardiff. We want to develop them as footballers of course but also to help them get new life skills and to make new friends.”
Dane Facey from Game On Wales said, “As key partners, we are encouraging young people from a variety of communities first areas, to come together and develop positive personal experiences that can increase interaction and social development between young people.”
Ali Abdi from Dynamic Sports Development said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for our young people to engage with other young people of the same age and learn, understand and appreciate similarities and respect differences. It will create a real opportunity to foster and encourage new and lasting friendships between young players from across South Wales”
The day proved to be a big success and SRtRC will be continuing to work with these organisations towards joint outcomes in the near future.
If you would like to find out more information about our social inclusion work in Wales contact our Campaign Worker:
02920 351 616