On Friday 22nd August Cardiff City hosted Swansea City in the very first Premier League Kicks South Wales Derby in Aberdare. The tournament brought together eight teams in total – four representing Cardiff City and four representing Swansea City.
The four 7-a-side teams of Cardiff City were made up of participants that have attended the Cambrian and Aberdare PL Kicks/Game On satellites over the past 10 months. The tournament followed a round robin format with the eight teams divided into two halves; each team played the other 3 teams in their group, with the top two teams progressing to the ‘Winners Group’ and the bottom two sides then competing in the ‘Plate Group’.
The tournament was first and foremost organised to reward the participants, of ages 14-19, who have consistently attended the FREE weekly football sessions at both the Cambrian and Aberdare Premier League Kicks venues. It was also a fantastic opportunity for Cardiff City Community & Education Foundation to work with Swansea City Community Trust, to bring young people from both cities together through the Premier League Kicks Project.
Cardiff City ‘Kicks’ Manager and Project Leader, Zac Lyndon-Jones worked closely with Swansea City Community Trust to make the event happen, and upon reflection of the day, spoke favorably of what he hopes is the first of many project events between the two Welsh sides.
“It was a great opportunity for both clubs to reward their young participants for regularly attending sessions and showing outstanding positive behaviour. It was a great atmosphere on the day, with real talent on show. The feedback from the staff and players has been overwhelming; we can’t wait to do it again in the future.”
The eventual winners of the day were one of the Cardiff City teams, made up of players from the Cambrian satellite as they took the title after a 2-0 victory in the final game. Goals from Moy Trott and Jack Rossiter assisted the Bluebirds in their overall goal tally, which ultimately . The 2-0 win allowed for the team to beat a Swansea side on goal difference and claim bragging rights as the very first PL Kicks South Wales Derby tournament winners.
The tournament winners will now have the opportunity to represent Wales in the Game On home nations tournament taking place at the end of October in Scotland.
Jay Gilson and his team from Aberdare representing Cardiff City were winners of the ‘Plate’ group, with three wins from 3 games.
All teams on the day showed great attitude to compete in a friendly and competitive nature, and can be very proud of the professional attitude expressed all around.