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Valleys Gymnastics Academy (VGA) has captured a new audience in the South Wales valleys by introducing Freestyle sessions – a combination of Parkour, Freerunning and Gymnastics, attracting youngsters that wouldn’t normally take part in the sport.
As the Olympics gets into full swing, 2,000 young people from across Wales descended on the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on the 11th August as part of a StreetGames multisport festival.
The young people, aged from 11-18 and from some of Wales’ poorest areas were able to take part in over 40 different activities, ranging from Netball, Football and Rugby to Zorbing, Dodgeball and skateboarding.
StreetGames Wales is celebrating after two of its projects received recognition at the charity’s UK conference held in Coventry.
Jordan Nichols, from Newport, was awarded the StreetGames UK Young Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of his work at the RASCAL Hope Centre, in Somerton, Newport, and for the variety of different roles he has undertaken within the community, including that of Chairperson for his local Youth Forum.
Us Girls, an initiative launched by StreetGames aimed at getting girls throughout Wales who live in areas of deprivation more physically active, has recruited its 2,000th member and celebrated the landmark by hosting ‘Us Girls Rocks’ in Cardiff, with over 200 attendees from across Wales.
From the beauty of Snowdonia, the tranquillity of mid Wales and ruggedness of the Brecon Beacons, to the bustle of Cardiff, StreetGames Wales Manager, Paul ‘Robbo’ Roberts will be getting a close up view of all of these when he runs from North to South Wales to raise funds for young people living in areas of deprivation.
StreetGames and Torfaen Communities First are working in partnership to find the next ‘Gareth Bale, Sam Warburton, or Becky Jones’ from amongst the local Gypsy and Traveller community thanks to weekly Doorstep Sport Sessions at the Shepherds Hill traveller site.
Over 400 young people from across South Wales attended Caerphilly Leisure Centre and were given the opportunity to ‘aim for a hole in one, freerun their way over obstacles, and go for the try’ as part of the StreetGames Sensation event.
Merthyr Tydfil Youth Service and the Bridges project, Safer Merthyr Tydfil, are working closely with StreetGames to engage with the Glyn Mill Gypsy/Traveller communities, and help encourage physical activity through the participation of sport. The Gypsy/Traveller community members are helping to grow the initiative with help from StreetGames and the Merthyr Tydfil Community Chest fund.
StreetGames is delighted to announce PlayFootball as their new charity partner, with the aim of providing affordable venue hire for StreetGames projects for their regular sessions, festivals and events. StreetGames and PlayFootball have committed to working together to ensure more young people living in disadvantaged communities have access to high quality facilities to increase participation in the sport.
Championship contender Sam Bird turns out for youth sport promotion LONDON, UK (June 16 2016) - The FIA Formula E Championship is collaborating with the StreetGames charity ahead of next month’s Visa London ePrix, as part of our legacy programme and commitment to establish a positive heritage on sustainability. Championship contender Sam Bird is returning to his roots and joining Roehampton FC for a mini football tournament taking place on Monday, June 27.
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