Grow the Game - 10 Ways You Can Get Involved in Football in Wales

1. Become a grassroots coach. The Football Association of Wales Trust has a coach education programme that will get you leading on the pitch….even if you've never played football before! Visit: http://www.welshfootballtrust.org.uk/BecomingACoach.ink

There are even Sport Wales Community Chest grants to support your club to get you on the coaching ladder: /funding--support/our-grants/community-chest.aspx

2. It's not just about coaching. Football needs volunteers too. Maybe you're skilled at finance or marketing or a good organiser. All these skills are needed at football clubs.

Find information on volunteering in sport on Club Solutions: http://www.clubsolutions.wales/volunteering/

Maybe as an official: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXIiVpddNBk

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3. Start up a football team. It might seems daunting, but there is lots of support available….including grants for kit, equipment and venue hire. See the Club Solutions guide to getting started: http://www.clubsolutions.wales/getting-started/

4. Kids need to learn the Hal Robson-Kanu turn. Children need to learn the correct physical skills to play sport if they are going to copy their heroes. Dragon Multi-Skills and Play to Learn are two resources for schools and community that will help you set children on the right path.

5. Help develop a facility. Community facilities are key and many community groups and commercial providers are developing facilities that meet the needs of the public. Here are some examples: http://www.clubsolutions.wales/facilities-and-equipment/

6. Apply for a grant. Grants of up to £25,000 are available through sport Wales for projects that will get more people playing sport. http://sportwales.org.uk/funding--support.aspx?tab=2

7. Find your local club. There are lots of football clubs out there looking for new players: http://www.welshfootballtrust.org.uk/AccreditedClubs.ink

8. Make your club more inclusive. There are lots of underrepresented groups in sport and we need to find more ways to engage with people and show them that there are opportunities to play. There are organisations such as Disability Sport Wales that have guidance and schemes to help you make your club more accessible http://www.clubsolutions.wales/equality/

9. See the FAW Trust's website for information on schemes and projects to help get more people involved in football in Wales. http://www.welshfootballtrust.org.uk/

10. Follow Chris Coleman's advice and don't be afraid to dream….just like this club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhgEn9LnDGo

 

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