South Powys JFL Under 12′s Winter Break Festival

On Saturday 21st January, 123 players participated in a festival for U12s at Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre. The games were played on the ATP made in to four 40×30 pitches for 6v6 mini football. This was the second festival run as part of the winter break which the league decided to have in December and January for the 2011/12 season.

It featured players from the South Powys JFL and was organised and run by the league and Llandrindod JFC .




Brecon Corries, Northcote, Hay, Llandrindod,Llangynidr, Builth and Brecon Town took part and produced some quality football. All the games were closely contested and the players conducted themselves in an excellent sporting manner. An enjoyable morning of football through fair play was had by all.

One junior volunteer coach said, ‘It is the most enjoyable festival I can ever remember with all the players and coaches we came across playing in the right spirit throughout. It was a wonderful atmosphere and can’t wait until the next. It was certainly a case of 100% participation and 100% enjoyment. It was great to see every player and team still there at the end smiling for the photo and not just two finalist teams with the other 14 teams already home’.

Thank you and congratulations to all for taking part in a very successful event and best wishes for the rest of the reason.

For pictures and video please follow these links:

WFT Thursday Twitter Teaser

The Welsh Football Trust are launching its Thursday Twitter Teaser this week. Over
the course of the next 10 weeks, coaches and volunteers will be given the
chance to win some great practical prizes to help them in their coaching.

Rules of the competition

  • Questions will be asked on programmes specifically run by the Welsh Football Trust
  • The Twitter Teaser will be tweeted on a Thursday each week and runs over a 10 week period
  • Deadline for answers is 5pm the following Monday
  • The winner will be picked by random from the successful tweeters who have answered correctly
  • The winner will be announced on Tuesday PM on twitter
  • The winner will then be sent a direct message on twitter for contact details to forward prize.

To follow the Welsh Football Trust on twitter please click on the below link.

Good luck everyone

Hafod Ladies cycle to Bangor and back in 12 hours!

In their first ever season Hafod Ladies FC have already been breaking records. In a crazy 12 hour challenge, the team ran a sponsored bike ride aiming to cycle to Bangor
and back whilst raising money for the team and local primary school. Armed with
exercise bikes the team took shifts all day and completed the challenge in a
record time of 11 hours and 14 minutes.

With many of the team made up of young mums with children attending the local
primary school, it was clear that the club wanted to inspire the next
generation of footballers. The day was a fantastic success with a number of the
children also helping to clock up the miles. The ride managed to attract enough
sponsorship and raffle money to pay for a brand new football kit for the

The children will now proudly wear their kit in competitions and
tournaments, and will hopefully encourage more youngsters to follow in their mums footsteps and take up the sport.




This is only the beginning for Hafod Ladies FC’s fundraising events as they have big plans to help the community in 2012. If you are interested in finding out more please check out Hafod Ladies FC on Facebook.

Regional Development Coordinator


SALARY: £30,000 (plus benefits)

The Welsh Football Trust is seeking a person with proven sports development skills and experience to provide direction and leadership to our regional vision plans and Football Development Officer Teams responsible for delivery. Liaising with key strategic partners including Area Associations, Sport Wales and Local Authorities to advocate football
development will be central to the role.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for managing either our women’s and girls’ or disability grassroots football development initiatives across Wales (allocation dependent on skills and experience).

For further information, please follow the link below.

2011 Participation Figures Approach 100,000


Figures recently released on the participation of young players with the Fun Football Scheme in Wales made excellent reading.

The publication of the 2011 figures has revealed that Fun Football Accredited Organisations are doing a great job for young players in Wales. What has become most encouraging has been the increase in Girls and players with a disability underlining the inclusive nature of the programme.

The figures are collated on a monthly basis from Accredited Fun Football Organisations from the six areas of Wales. All accredited organisations submit monthly participation data which allows the WFT to record the effectiveness of the programme. The data has shown us that the figures have grown by 98% since December 2010 resulting in 92,383 playing opportunities being created.

Regional development coordinator for the Welsh Football Trust Jay Probert said “The participation data for 2011 demonstrates a substantial increase on accumulative data from 2010. This shows the positive impact the programme is having on growing the game. Through engaging with private organisations and local authorities we are able to further improve our impact on the grass roots game.” Jay also added “We currently have 21 accredited organisations nationwide that have attained the high standards set
out through the schemes criteria. Huge praise should be given to these organisations who continue to take the programme from strength to strength”

For further information regarding the programme
please click below.

FAW ‘C’ Certificate and UEFA ‘B’ Licence 2012 Dates

Dates now set for FAW ‘C’ Certificate and UEFA ‘B’ Licence courses in Wales 2012.  Please click on the appropriate link below for details and application forms

C Certificate Treforest 1 Application Form

C Certificate Treforest 2 Application Form

C Certificate Newport Application Form

C Certificate Caernarfon LC Application Form

C Certificate Denbigh LC Application Form

C Certificate Wrexham Application Form

C Certificate Carmarthen LC Application Form

B Licence Llandrillo College Application Form

B Licence Newport Application Form

B Licence Swansea Application Form

B Licence Treforest Application Form

Grassroots Coaching Conferences

 Football Association of Wales

Accredited Coaches Programme

2012 Grassroots Coaching & Revalidation Conferences

These conferences will this year replace our previously run North and South Regional Coaching Conferences.  The conferences will support the continual professional development of coaches in Wales as well as providing more accessible revalidation options.

 For whom

For coaches working throughout Wales at all levels.

Coaches needing to revalidate Football Leaders Award, FAW ‘C Certificate, FAW ‘C’ Certificate Coaching Goalkeepers and FAW ‘B’ Licence Coaching Goalkeepers


Free of charge, will include supporting resources.

South Wales FA

University of Glamorgan Sport Park

25 March 2012

North Wales Coast FA

Llandrillo College

25 March 2012

North East Coast FA

Deeside College

15 April 2012

Gwent FA

Hartridge High School

15 April 2012

Central Wales FA

Newtown FC

22 April 2012

West Wales FA

Carmarthen Town FC

29 April 2012

Please click on the appropriate link below for an application form

Application Form- Central WalesFA

Application Form- Gwent FA

Application Form- West Wales FA

Application Form- South Wales FA

Application Form- North Wales Coast FA

Application Form- North East Wales FA

















Free Entry for Under 21 International at Wrexham

The Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium will host Wales U21’s next Euro 2013 qualifying game – and fans can get in for free.

The game against Andorra, the third U21s game at the stadium since Glyndŵr University took over ownership of the ground, will kick off at 4pm on Wednesday 29 February 2012.

Fans will be able to watch the game for free but need to pick up a ticket in advance. Only the Mold Road Stand will be open for the game.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “We bought the stadium as a facility for the community and we’re delighted to be able to open it up to the people of Wrexham for major events such as this.

“We want as many groups as possible to attend – families, schools, football supporters – to get behind the next generation of Welsh football stars as they compete for a place in the 2013 European Championships

The game will precede the Welsh senior team’s Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica, which kicks off at 7.45pm in Cardiff on the same day.

A spokesperson for the Football Association of Wales said: “It had been hoped to move the game by 24 hours so that there would not be a clash with the senior international v Costa Rica in Cardiff.

“After consultation with UEFA, it has not been possible to do this. Therefore, an earlier kick off has been agreed to at least allow fans to go to the Under 21 match and then view the senior match on TV later that evening.”

School groups will be able to obtain tickets for the game through the Racecourse Community Foundation on 01978 296397.

Football clubs and teams should direct enquiries through Mark Roberts the Welsh Football Trusts Football Development Officer on

Corporate boxes, including a buffet, are available for £100 and can take a maximum of 10 guests. Businesses or groups interested in taking up the offer should email Phil Bennett at

Tickets will be available from 6th February 2012 and are available by calling into the Glyndŵr University Sports Centre reception between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or by calling 01978 293275

Newport Junior Football goes indoors for the winter!

Every Sunday during the month of January players from the Newport Junior League will still be playing football regardless of the weather conditions. The league is leading the way in being modernised with its approach by adopting Futsal for the winter to allow its Under 16 players to continue taking part in weekly football. Futsal is the indoor version of 5 a side that is recognised and supported by UEFA, FIFA and the FAW.
Over recent winters, Wales has experienced heavy snow, very low temperatures and the usual heavy rainfall, meaning that football has been badly affected with postponed fixtures. Some teams and players miss out on fixtures for a number of weeks which means their development as players, not to mention their enjoyment, has been placed on hold. Futsal provides a great opportunity for players to continue taking part during the winter months when it is not possible to play outside on a grass pitch.
Christine Williams from the league said,  “Last year there was virtually no competitive football played in Newport during January and February. With the support from the Sports Council, Newport City Council and the Welsh Football Trust the Newport District Junior League are very pleased that its under 16’s are playing Futsal at the Velodrome in Newport for the whole month of January. The club managers and coaches have all taken this on board and attended a Futsal training course in December to learn the laws and techniques of the game. We hope that the boys will enjoy the game whilst improving their football skills and will possibly turn one training session a week into a Futsal league”.
Craig Gill the Football Coach Development Officer for the Gwent County FA added “The game requires players to be technically proficient with good vision and awareness. Players are challenged to play the game in reduced space, with reduced time to make decisions. In addition the game provides players with a high number of touches of the ball, meaning a vast number of opportunities to practice skills and techniques to support their development as young football players”.
Richard Gunney from the Welsh Football Trust stated “A number of high profile players across Europe have all played Futsal as part of their childhood. The game is very popular all across Europe and South America with players such as Messi, Xavi, Ronaldo and as far back as Pele all playing Futsal as part of their development. In Wales, the Welsh Football Trust and FAW aim to use Futsal as another tool to support coaches, clubs and leagues so that players can continue playing, thereby supporting their development and enjoyment.”
“It is great to see the Newport Junior League adopting Futsal to offer the opportunity for their players and we hope this is something that develops further. The league is setting a fine example for other leagues across Wales.”
For more details on Futsal contact
Richard Gunney, Futsal Development Officer.
01443 844 113

Ladies Futsal for Central Wales

The Dave Smith LTD North Powys Ladies League, took part in an inaugural Futsal tournament on the 8th January at Maldwyn Leisure Centre, Newtown. It was an afternoon filled with plenty of goals while the 6 teams; Llanfyllin, Rhayader, Llanidloes A, Llanidloes B, Llanrhaeadr and Newtown, all competed in a round robin tournament for the trophy. The Chairperson for the league, Anne Smith said ”I had a very enjoyable afternoon watching the Ladies League enjoy their first competition of Futsal. All teams
said they enjoyed the experience of playing Futsal and all agreed that it is a
good way to maintain fitness and learn more skills on the ball”.







Llanrhaeadr (Pictured) came out winners on goal difference with both themselves and Llanidloes B finishing with 13 points.

Congratulations to all who took part.

For more information please contact

Lauren Smith

Inclusion Football Development Officer

Central Wales FA



Richard Gunney

Futsal Development Officer

Mobile: 07769 250509