One of the principle assets relished by Cardiff City Foundation, is the backing and support of the Club’s Senior Players in creating an even more appealing experience for young players across South Wales during their quarterly soccer schools.
As thousands of schools prepare to reconvene for the new academic year, Cardiff City Foundation closes the door on its most successful summer to date. Having engaged with 2236 participants throughout the active six-week period, engagement figures have increased by an impressive 61% upon figures from 2014.
As well as Cardiff, coaches worked across six different regions of South Wales to offer sessions to children aged 4-13, alongside specific Girls Only, Goalkeeping, Street Soccer and Disability sessions.
This summer Adam Le Fondre, Federico Macheda, Fabio DaSilva and Javi Guerra went along to the Cardiff City House of Sport and were involved in some active training sessions with the young players. Needless to say, this proved to be a hugely successful and highly memorable way of rounding off an already fun-filled week of beach football and media workshops aside from the regular training camp regime.
Sports Participation Manager, Dean Pymble shared his thoughts on the players’ involvement:
“It’s always the children’s favourite day with the players, playing with the guys they watch on the weekends – you really see that extra bit of excitement in their faces when they come through the doors in the morning.
We’re very fortunate at Cardiff City to have such co-operative players who are enthusiastic with it too. I think for a lot of the guys it’s a trip down memory lane, back to their younger days so it’s great to see them get stuck in.”
With requests already coming in from our soccer school faithful, staff and coaches are now looking ahead to the October half-term in anticipation of another great bout of fun-filled football action.