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Welsh Schools' Football Association

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Welsh Schools' F. A. calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

The Welsh Schools' F. A. is extremely pleased and grateful to be awared the opportunity to recieve some much needed funds to help launch our Primary 5s in areas all across Wales. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during July and August on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.


Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.


Welsh Schools’ F. A. Primary 5s Project is one of the groups on the shortlists in several stores across Wales.


It is our intention to raise the levels of participation amongst Primary age children across Wales by delivering our latest initiative, the 'Primary 5s'. The 'Primary 5s' is a concept based on the Football Association of Ireland model which is open to all schools, irrelevant of size. It is our intention to run several 'Pilot' projects across Wales aimed at increasing the opportunities for a broad range of children to participate in and enjoy 'Football for All'.


The 'Primary 5s' model is split into three sections, Small, Medium and Large schools. All games are 5 a-side and are based on a six pitch / one pitch model. Each festival provides opportunities for 24 schools to participate in a fun and safe environment with the key focus on enjoyment and participation.


There are 22 Local Authorities in Wales and this project is aimed at increasing participation in as many areas as possible. The Primary 5s Projects are not only for the 'A' team of the school but also for children with additional learning needs, children from disadvantaged backgrounds, girls, boys and mixed teams as well.


There will be Local and Area festivals, from which schools will be invited to participate in the Regional and National festivals. It is our intention to deliver the programme to the whole of Wales over the next 3 to 5 years.


At present there is no equivalent event or series of events which allow children from all backgrounds to participate and represent their school in a sporting environment. We believe that this model could be the very first in Europe to deliver an opportunity as holistic as this scheme.



Welsh Schools' F. A.


The Welsh Schools’ F. A. is a voluntary based organisation which promotes the participation in football across all schools in Wales. Through the local Schools’ Football Associations, based on the Local Education Authority models, we strive to increase the amount of opportunities for children from all areas.


The opportunity for funding from the TESCO Bags of Help scheme will be a massive boost to the setting up of football for children of all abilities.


Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout the year over a two month period for each round. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.


Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £30 million to more than 4,600 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.


Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:


“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”


Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:


“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.


“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.


Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more...