DURING the February half term, children and young people from Barry enjoyed a fantastic two-day soccer camp and experienced life at Premier League club Cardiff City.
Funded by Barry Communities First, the camp was delivered by PG10 Coaching and Wales legend Neville Southall, with the focus on increasing participation in sport and promoting health and an active lifestyle. The camp was free, removing barriers to access sport and also tackling issues such as child poverty.
During a tour of the Cardiff City stadium, the children learnt about the club's proud history, great players and memorable matches and went behind the scenes to view the dressing rooms and other facilities. The children also had free tickets for the Wales v Iceland match.
Peter Griffiths, of PG10 Coaching, said: “The soccer camp was a fantastic experience for the children to learn new skills and techniques, get healthy and active and also be given an opportunity to visit the Cardiff City stadium.
"It was brilliant seeing the children sit in manager Ole Gunnar Soskjaer's dugout and imagine what it would be like to play for the Bluebirds."
Peter added: "The experience for the children was a major success. With the increasing popularity of the soccer camps, we plan to offer more and more children an opportunity to play football and experience other stadiums but, more importantly, channel their energy into something positive. The camp also gave children opportunities to join the popular Barry-based PG10 Coaching development centre.”
Holly Morgan, Communities First learning development officer, said: "This was a fantastic experience for children and young people living in Barry. Those who took part had a lot of fun and enjoyed the trip to the stadium. We hope to run more camps like this in the future."
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