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Trust launches Girls 4 Sport Swansea

This week, The Community Trust launched a new project aimed solely at girls.

The tenth project to be added to the Trust’s roster, Girls 4 Sport Swansea is a brand new scheme that delivers a range of sport coaching to girls aged between 9-11 years of age.

A project led by Swansea City AFC Community Trust in partnership with the Welsh Football Trust, Ospreys Rugby, Welsh Netball, Hockey Wales, as well as Gower College Swansea and Active Swansea, Girls 4 Sport will focus on four key sports; football, rugby, hockey and netball.

Helping the Trust, Lee Trundle and Lukasz Fabianksi to launch the project, were a host of sports stars including Swans’ Ladies Club captain, Alicia Powe, Tom Sloane of the Ospreys, Welsh international rugby player, Shona Powell-Hughes and Welsh Netball Athlete, Leah Harvey who plays for Wales’ U17 side, as well as local school girls from Gowerton Primary.

“It’s great to officially launch Girls 4 Sport Swansea and to have not just representatives from the Club present, but also the Ospreys and Welsh netball present,” said the project’s Co-ordinator, Tom Williams.

“Sport plays a significant part in the lives of all youngsters, no matter if they are boys or girls, and we’re delighted to get the scheme off the ground and to hopefully inspire the next generation of female sports stars in Wales, whether they play hockey, netball, rugby or football,” he continued.

Paul Whapham of Ospreys in the Community added, “We are delighted to play a part in this exciting new initiative. Sport and physical education is as important part of a child’s development but the decline in physical activity amongst youngsters is well documented, while encouraging girls to take up sport offers different challenges to boys.

“Ospreys in the Community is about opening doors and providing opportunities to everybody, using the power of the Ospreys brand, and sport in general to empower people of all ages to make positive life choices.

“Hopefully, Girls 4 Sport will encourage young girls to discover a sport they enjoy and want to participate in. It’s not just about promoting rugby, it’s about getting people active and participating regularly in sport, be that rugby, football, hockey or netball, or maybe using this project as a starting point onto other sports once they catch the ‘active lifestyle’ bug.”

Girls 4 Sport Swansea will consist of weekly sessions from October 17th, at the Elba Sports Complex in Gowerton, before aiming to expand to four sites around Swansea.

These will be grouped into blocks of 10 weeks and participants will be able to experience each of the four sports in every session.

If you were interested in booking a space, here’s all the details you’ll need:
• Cost: £20 for ten weeks (Pre-booking only)
• Start date: October 17th at Elba Sports Complex
• Bookings can be made through Penyrheol Leisure Centre – 01792 897039

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