Colwyn & Aberconwy Junior Football Festival

The Start of a ‘Unique’ Season for the Under 8’s Junior League
On Sunday 15th September, teams from the Colwyn & Aberconwy Under 8’s league took part in a fun football festival to kick start a season that will see fixtures played indoors at a world-class facility during the winter period – preventing game cancellations.

Over the past six months, Vi-Ability have been working hard with Rhyl City Strategy, Conwy County Council, and the Welsh Football Trust to raise funds to enable junior u8 teams from the Colwyn & Aberconwy league to play their winter fixtures in the fantastic indoor barn at Parc Eirias free of charge.

To launch this ‘first of its kind’ initiative, teams from the under 8’s section were invited to take part in a fun football festival. Nine of the fifteen teams in the league took part, and had the opportunity to try out the new indoor facilities before the new season starts. Over 100 children participated and they all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play on the world-class artificial 3G surface. The team’s were split into two groups and had the chance to play each other once. No scores were recorded, and all participants received a certificate for taking part.

Conwy Borough Under 8’s manager Carl Braithwaite commented, “It’s a fabulous facility and this is an excellent opportunity, which is only going to encourage participation and aid player development in the future”.
Stephen Ray, Rhyl City Strategy said, “A key element in our mission at RCS is to widen participation in activity which contributes to personal development and health with a view to enhancing the economic and social strength of local families and communities. We believe that the sports and leisure sector has a major contribution to make and we are delighted, therefore, to be associated with this partnership, which provides junior footballers in Conwy and their families with access to the best facilities to learn and enjoy the sport.”