Welsh Schools' Football Association
Cymdeithas Peldroed Ysgolion Cymru
As we emerge from the dark and wet footballing months of winter and into the fairer days of spring, the attention for some now turns to the tantalising hope of glory as we hurtle towards “cup final” season. But whilst we, understandably, wish to wave goodbye enthusiastically to the stunted days of winter and beckon the sun soaked glory days of spring; we must also remember the hard work and commitment of the vast majority of players and coaches who participated in the WSFA Inter Association season but will not have the fortune to line up in a showpiece fixture. This season has indeed been a triumph for every single girl who has been selected to represent their county and I would like to congratulate them all on their wonderful achievement.
This season has been a blockbuster with more girls than ever competing in our competitions. One of my primary objectives for the season was the grow our reach into North Wales, whilst maintaining a steady trajectory in the mid and south. Therefore, it is with enormous satisfaction that we can report the incredible growth of schoolgirl representative county football across the North Wales corridor – the alacrity demonstrated by new entrants from Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy has been truly thrilling. These three counties have brought an exciting new dimension to the girls’ pathway and all the indications are that these associations will grow even further in 19/20 with the addition of new squads. Allied to this is the potential further expansion of the girls county pathway into North West Wales: these are heady days for the girls game in North Wales.
With the strong performance in North Wales, there has been further consolidation in the south too. There has been a strong representation in all age groups from Newport in the east through to Pembrokeshire in west. The challenge is to now maintain our growth and relentlessly improve standards and the overall experience for the girls on our pathway.
As I look towards the future, it is fantastic to see the strong platform that we now have for the girls’ game within the WSFA. The potential for the continued evolution of the pathway is significant, including the strengthening of links with the English Schools FA and the possibility of the introduction of a national representative squad to mirror our exciting development with the Boys pathway.
I would like to pay a huge tribute to the coaches across our associations and the WSFA Officers who make our competitions such an unqualified success. It is quite remarkable that this organisation continues to provide so many wonderful opportunities for schoolchildren without significant investments – but it is true to say that volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart!
Finally, I will wish all the WSFA Inter Association Finalists the very best of luck for the finals over the weekend of May 4th/5th – enjoy your day in the sun….
Have a great summer and see you all next season.
Head of Girls Football