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Under-18's Surprise Soccer Camp

Swansea’s Under-18’s took time out of their schedule this week to surprise the next generation of local footballers at Cwmdu Soccer Camp on Wednesday.

Academy young guns Ben and Owain Jones answered the children’s questions before the eight Swans Academy players including Gregor Zabret, Kyle Copp and Cameron Gilchrist played against teams of young footballers aiming to one day be in their boots.

18-year-old striker Owain Jones – who is one of the players featured on a wall to inspire the next generation of footballers at Cwmdu Development Centre to – said it was a great day to be a part of:

“It wasn’t that long ago I would have been at a soccer camp like this.

“I signed for the club when I was 10 and used to come to half-term and summer camps like this all the time so I am glad we could come down and be part of their day.

“I remember then I was in their shoes we had Joe Allen come and speak to us. 

“That experience helped inspire me so hopefully we can help inspire some of these young players.

“You can see us being here means so much to them, some are a young as five but you can tell they are already talented players.” 

Swans Development and Community Trust half-term soccer camps have been running all week with 15 taking part across South Wales and one in Bristol.

Academy Coach Jackson Moody said: “Our aim is to not only teach but help inspire the next generation of young footballers.

“There is no better way of doing that than having some Academy players, who have been where these young boys and girls are today, come chat to them and play some football.

“Many of the children here have told me they were thrilled to play against the big boys!” 

Swans Under-18’s are next in action on Saturday, November 1st at home to Charlton.

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