WALES U19 LEARNING DISABILITY FOOTBALL TRIALS

Trials will take place on 14 February 2016 to form a new Welsh U19 Learning Disability National Football Squad.

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In order to qualify for the squad players must be aged between 15 and 19 years of age on the 3 April 2016 (i.e. over 15 and under 19 years of age on this date).

Involvement must be supported by a headed letter from a school, college or LEA confirming that the individual has received special education.

To register for the trials please complete the downloadable form and return to the address provided no later than Monday, 8 February 2016.

For further information please contact:
Sam Turner (07931 996681 / LDsquad@welshfootballtrust.org.uk)

Welsh U19 LD Squad Trials Form

FAW HOLDING GROUP TRIALS FOR FEMALE FOOTBALLERS BORN 2000-2003

On 19 February 2016 the Football Association of Wales will be holding age group trials for female football players who were born in or between the years of 2000-2003.

You could be the Wales star of the future.

You could be the Wales star of the future.

In order to qualify for representation of Wales as a nation players must meet any of the following criteria:

  • They were born in Wales OR
  • They have a parent who was born in Wales OR
  • They have a grandparent who was born in Wales OR
  • They have undergone compulsory education in Wales (primary or secondary under the age of 16) for a minimum of 5 years

The trials will be held at the following venue:

Newport Velodrome 3G and Pitch 2
Newport International Sports Village
Newport
South Wales
NP19 4RA

The trials will take place on both a grass pitch and a 3G pitch. Arrival time and estimated departure time will be clarified on assessment of participation numbers. Due to the large number of players attending trials and the limited time we will see each player, we will not be able to provide feedback to individuals. Please do not request this.

Please can any qualifying players fill out the below information sheet and return this to
kat@welshfootballtrust.org.uk no later than Sunday, 31 January 2016.

Player Information Sheet Trials (February 2016)

FEMALE REFEREE COURSES

Female only Referee Courses will take place throughout January and February 2016, providing an excellent opportunity for women to become the next Cheryl Foster, who has been appointed to the FIFA Women’s International List of Referees.

Pictured in previous action for Wales but now Cheryl Foster will represent her country as a FIFA Referee.

Pictured in previous action for Wales but now Cheryl Foster will represent her country as a FIFA Referee.

Foster is also a former Wales International player earning 63 caps and scored 9 goals. She  joins Charlotte Carpenter as the second FIFA Women’s Referee from Wales.

Foster, who has progressed through the successful FAW Referee Development groups said: “When I finished playing there was obviously a huge gap in my life in terms of participating in football. The more I thought about it [becoming a referee], the more I felt I could make a contribution and it would give me that chance to get back on the pitch.

“Playing for Wales was always a huge honour for both myself and my family, so to reach international standard as a referee is just as special and I am very excited.”

The Female only Referee Courses will be taking place at the University of South Wales Sports Park, Treforest Industrial Estate, on the following dates:

January: 4, 11, 18, 25
February: 2, 10, 15, 22

All courses will take place between 7pm and 9pm.

For more information or to book a place on the course, please contact FAW Referee Instructor Ryan Thomas on 07710 412422 or r.thomas6@ntlworld.com.

FAW EQUIPMENT MANAGER PREPARES FOR CHALLENGE

IMG_4503Dai Griffiths, the FAW’s Equipment Manager, has given himself a cycling challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of former Wales National Team backroom staff member David Williams, who sadly passed away in February.

Speaking about his challenge, that will take place on 20 February 2016, Dai said: “I aim to cycle from Caernarfon Castle to Chepstow Castle, which is 190 miles, to raise funds for Macmillan and their continuation to find a cure for cancer.

“I am dedicating the journey to my friend and colleague David Williams, who lost his life after a short illness in February. He was and always will be my friend and my colleague.

“I would also like to help all those who are currently fighting the big fight and keep believing in the battle against cancer.”

Dai is looking to raise £2000 for the charity and has currently achieved 20% of his target.

If you’d like to help Dai in this challenge by giving a donation, please visit CLICK HERE.

Everyone at the Football Association of Wales wishes Dai luck in his cycling challenge for a worthy cause.

SOUTH WALES POLICE FC USE FAW KICKBACK SCHEME TO ENTER WORLD POLICE GAMES IN FAIRFAX, USA

South Wales Police FC used monies received from the FAW Kickback scheme to help pay for their involvement in the World Police and Fire Games that recently took place in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

The Games take place every two years and involve over 10,000 competitors in over 60 different sports. The opening ceremony took place at the RFK stadium in Washington in front of 25,000 people where the South Wales team paraded in full uniform led by the Wales and south Wales police flags.

On the field hopes were high after securing the silver medal in New York in 2011 but after progressing from the group stages the team lost to Singapore police in the first knock out round.

The group gave a great account of themselves on and off the pitch and represented SWP, Wales and themselves immaculately.

The next Games are in Montreal in 2017 and SWPFC already plan to take part again.

FAW Kickback: Clubs and schools in Wales can apply for home international match tickets under the Kickback Scheme, thereby earning 25% cashback from the total cost of tickets purchased. For more information please email: membership@faw.co.uk.