Swans kick-off new programme

5th February 2014

Stars from Swansea City and Cardiff City joined up to launch the Premier League School Sport programme on Wednesday (Feb 5).

Former Swans striker and Club Ambassador Lee Trundle and ex-Cardiff defender Scott Young gave their support for the project, which aims to give a major boost to primary school sport in Wales.

The new programme will provide £600,000 over three years for the Swans and Cardiff City to deliver high quality curriculum time coaching aimed at improving physical literacy and fundamental movement skills.

Swans Community Trust will deliver an impressive three-year schools programme that will reach 332 schools and 16,000 pupils over three years.

Their structured six-week activities will be concentrated on Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

Speaking at the event, held at YGG Cwm Garw in Pontycymer, Bridgend, Trundle feels the new project could be of huge benefit to Swansea City in the future.

"I think it's very important," said the former Swans star. "The funding the Premier League are providing gives us the opportunity to go to schools further out than Swansea.

 "You never know what players you could find out there. It's good for the coaches to get out there to see if there is any talent that we could perhaps bring to Swansea City. "

Meanwhile, Community Trust Manager Linden Jones believes the new programme will help increase participation in sport for children in Wales.

"The football club plays a vital and influential role in the community," said Jones. "This schools sport initiative will not only help strengthen that bond, but also boost participation in sport for thousands of our local youngsters. 

"Healthy living is an important feature of the work we do at the Community Trust and innovative programmes like this will certainly increase their enthusiasm for physical activity."