Football is so much more than a game. It can play a huge part in the health and well being of the nation by getting young people active and contributing to the social agenda through combating obesity, crime, drug abuse and promoting education and community cohesion. Football is the world’s most popular sport and children everywhere enjoy the fun of playing the game. We want every child in Wales to have the opportunity to join in that fun.
Our Level Playing Field campaign targets young people on the fringes of society who find it difficult to play football regularly, or even at all. The campaign is designed to break down financial barriers and encourage those with disabilities and members of the BME community to play football with the aim of ensuring that every young person who wants to play the game can do so.
The Welsh Football Trust has already achieved a great deal in increasing participation and setting up coaching and development programmes throughout Wales. But with your help we could do so much more. We aim to provide children with the chance to improve their fitness, communicate, learn discipline and give them the sense of belonging that playing for a team can engender. The campaign will provide children in Wales with a Level Playing Field to help them shape their lives on and off the pitch.
Peter Lee OBE
Chairman of the Welsh Football Trust