WWH sponsors Principality Stadium Day Out for Twyncarmel Youngsters

08/08/2017

A group of young people from Merthyr’s Twyncarmel housing scheme were given the chance to play on the pitch the Principality Stadium thanks to Wales & West Housing.

The housing association, which manages more than 200 homes in Twyncarmel, sponsored a coach to ferry young people to the annual StreetGames Multi-Sport Festival at the home of Welsh rugby on August 3.

The WWH sponsorship enabled local community group the Gellideg Foundation to organise the day out for its young people in Twyncarmel and neighbouring areas.



Young residents from Wales & West Housing’s Twyncarmel scheme try out the trampoline at the StreetGames Multi-Sport Festival. (Ty Walker, 12, front centre).
Photograph courtesy of Paul Fear Photography


At the stadium the youngsters took part in a variety of free sports activities including football, darts and snooker, inflatable netball, trampoline aerobics, touch rugby, rock climbing and zorbing.

More than 1,500 11 to 16 year-olds from all over Wales attended the festival, which was organised by the charity  StreetGames which uses sport to engage with young people in areas of deprivation across Wales.

WWH Chief Executive Anne Hinchey said: “Many of our young residents would never have the chance to visit the Principality Stadium, let alone play there. So we were happy to give them the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of sports and try something new.

“It is great to see the young people getting active and building their confidence to try new activities. We have recently opened a new multi-games area for football, basketball, tennis at Twyncarmel so hope we can work with StreetGames in the future to inspire young residents to take part in sport on their doorstep.”

Colette Watkins of the Gellideg Foundation said: “The young people had a fun-filled day at the Street Games Multi Sport festival. We would like to thank Wales and West Housing for supplying the transport to and from the stadium which enabled the young people to participate in this fantastic event.”

Twelve-year-old Ty Walker of Twyncarmel said: “I had never been to the stadium before, but I enjoyed trying all the different sports especially doing backflips on the bouncy trampoline.”