A new drop-in session for anyone that has experienced being homeless in the last three years will take place between 2:00pm and 3:30pm on Friday 30th April 2021 at Penydarren Park.
Our Community Foundation are working in partnership with Street Football Wales and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to provide the sessions, to enable any former homeless individuals can enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.
If anyone is interested in attending they can register on-line https://www.streetfootballwales.com/play-football.
The main purpose of our Community Foundation is to deliver a service that is recognised as successful in making a significant social impact; creating a positive attitude to life and providing opportunities for everyone, particularly the most hard-to-reach and hard-to-help members of our society. The partnership with Street Football, Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Game On Wales will certainly help to achieve this objective.
Ryan Jones (Coalfields Regeneration Trust) commented “Too many people in our Coalfield communities who could benefit from sport and physical activity don’t. The evidence is overwhelming, the biggest gains and the best value is found in supporting people and creating new opportunities for those who are least active. That's why Game On Wales and The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is delighted to be investing and supporting this new weekly Merthyr Street Football Wales."
Scott Jeynes (Project Manager, SFW) said “We are ecstatic to work with new partners and be able to deliver our services at Penydarren Park, I believe the project will be well received and benefit socially excluded and homeless individuals in Merthyr Tydfil, we aim to tackle social exclusion head on and provide these sessions free of charge to remove barriers to participation.”
Street Football Wales (SFW) offer opportunities for people who have been socially isolated and excluded, by providing an open, inclusive and safe environment to play football, make friends, build self-confidence and provide support on their own personal journeys.
The 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup took place in Cardiff’s iconic Bute Park, right at the heart of the Welsh capital, from 27th July to 3rd August 2019, that actor Michael Sheen helped to fund.
More than 500 players representing over 50 countries travelled to Cardiff to attend the week-long festival of football, in what was one of the most inspiring Homeless World Cup tournaments yet.