Since the formation of the Merthyr Town FC Community Project (MTFCCP) back in August of 2014, the project has had a positive impact on the community of Merthyr Tydfil. The MTFCCP has significantly increased its provision and the partners they work with.
In May of 2015 the community Project was able to secure funding to deliver a football development program that would see them partner up with the Welsh Football Trust and the local authorities Active Merthyr team. The program will see them offer free fun football sessions to 15 primary schools within the Merthyr borough as well as develop Turn Up and Play sessions, walking football provision and provide coach education for local community club coaches.
Recently the MTFCCP was recruited as a delivery agent to develop and oversee two girls only turn up and play centres in Gwernyfed and Crickhowel, this will be the first time that the MTFCCP has delivered any type of provision outside of the Merthyr area.
The MTFCCP also deliver Fun Turn Up and play sessions specifically for girls as well as mixed gender sessions. Girls football is a key priority of the the Community Project and along with Key partners we will continue to support the development of girls football both locally and nationally. This season will see the first ever girls only junior teams play out of Merthyr Town with Under14's and Under16's squad being run.
Also, the MTFCCP will run a mental health scheme called 'Breaking Down Barriers' and this will be delivered with partners from Time to change Wales and the Welsh Football Trust. The scheme will be funded by Sports Wales and will see a weekly session being delivered at Penydarren Park in order to help tackle the sigma and discrimination that surrounds mental health illness.
Finally, the MTFCCP and Merthyr Town FC have recently partnered up with Vi/Ability to become one their Viable Clubs. Joanne and her colleagues will provide the club with their expertise and provide support as the club continues to develop and grow.
The MTFCCP is one of the many positive initiates being run by Merthyr Town FC and with the help and support from partners, there is no doubt that the MTFCCP can not only continue, but increase its provision across the Merthyr borough and as a result, have a hugely positive effect on the local town.
Football can be a powerful tool and we aim to use the power of football to motivate, educate and inspire people.