Swans keepers lend a hand at Neath Soccer Camp
31st October 2014
Swansea City goalkeepers Gerhard Tremmel and David Cornell surprised children at the Swans Community Trust Soccer Camp in Neath this week alongside club ambassador Lee Trundle.
Cornell got between the sticks as the young players took penalties against the Swans shot stopper.
Waunarlwydd product Cornell, who used to attend soccer camps as a young footballer, revealed it was great to come back and get involved.
He said: "It's really nice to come down today and see the kids that are taking part in the camp here. I used to jump at the opportunity to come to these sort of things when I was their age.
"I used to go to ones in Olchfa but now they have camps all over the place which is brilliant for children and the club.
"I've been in goal against the young boys here today and I've got to be honest they can all strike a ball - some have taken some really good penalties."
Tremmel answered some of the children's questions in a special Q&A before donating a pair of his goalkeeper gloves for the Community Trust coaches to give to the camp's player of the week Thomas Gibson.
Over 50 children attended on Thursday with hundreds more at Swans soccer camps across South Wales.
Nigel Mathias, Schools Regional Co-ordinator at Swansea City Community Trust, said: "The visit really has been the icing on the cake for the youngsters who are here - it means so much to them.
"For the players to take time out of their busy schedule and come and get involved is brilliant.
"David Cornell getting in goal and allowing players to take penalties against him is something a young footballer will never forget.
"A number of Swans players who have come from the local area used to do camps like this when they were children, so hopefully we have seen the next generation at one of our camps this week."
The 16 camps run this week across South Wales is the most Swans Community Trust and Development have ever run during a half-term period.
Qualified Swans coaches have taken the sessions venues in Swansea, Baglan, Llanelli and as far afield as Brecon, Cardigan and Pembroke.
Mathias continued: "This week has been absolutely fantastic. We've had even more centres open this half-term adding about six venues to our already busy schedule.
"It means we've been able to go to even more communities encouraging more children to get active and involved.
"This half-term has definitely been record-breaking. The response in West Wales in particular has been absolutely fantastic.
"In Haverfordwest around 250 children attended the camp there in just three days.
"Coaches have told me there are lots of children who are impressing on the pitch at a number of camps this week. We hope that some of these young players can add to our development centres and one day become full-time Swans."