Swans legend opens Rhondda Development Centre
22nd September 2014
First team coach Alan Curtis took time out of his busy schedule to return home and open the Swans' new Rhondda Development Centre.
The pre-academy facility in Treorchy aims to get more young footballers - aged six to nine - into the game and helping develop new skills.
Curtis, who lived and grew up playing football in the area, returned home to speak to a new generation of young players keen to learn the game before taking part in a question and answer session, with the Swans legend encouraging the children to work hard and continue to practice their skills.
The brand new SportYard facility boasts two indoor 3G pitches which is rented out to the local community.
Head of Pre-Academy, Dane Facey, says having Swans Academy coaches there can only help more young players develop their skills.
He said: "Hopefully this will give Swans Development the chance to identify young players in a new community.
"Having Alan come down to help us launch is massive for us, the kids have really enjoyed seeing and speaking to him about everything football."
"We've never had a centre in this area, it's an opportunity for young players to be taught the Swansea way through our Academy coaches.
"The long term goal is to develop a better standard of football across Wales and help more children improve their game."
Swans Development will run sessions every Thursday between 5pm-6pm.
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