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Street Football Wales: tackling social exclusion in Wales


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From left to right: Keri Harris (Street Football Wales), Jan Collard (The Big Issue) and Chris Dennis (GKR)


Street Football Wales’ season came to an end last week with its last match event held in Swansea.

SFW organises weekly training and monthly league matches aimed at people suffering from social problems following homelessness and unemployment.

The scheme has had great success, offering individuals a chance to develop social interaction, team work and time-keeping skills whilst providing a much needed escape from the struggles of day-to-day life.

The scheme runs on a not-for-profit basis and receives very little funding compared to its English equivalent, which receives £1 million in funding each year.

SFW is thoroughly supported by the Big Issue Cyrmu, which is always trying to find new ways to combat homelessness in Wales.

The final event of the season saw 12 teams from across Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Carmarthen and the Vale (Barry) compete for the SFW title.

And it was Swansea DIP (Drug Intervention Programme) who retained the title finishing three points clear of African Black Mambas.

Jan Collard, Senior Vendor Service Worker at the Big Issue Wales said: “The Big Issue is a great supporter of the Street Football Wales scheme and we understand the growing need to raise awareness and funds in order to help people struggling with social interaction to ‘get back in the game’, meet new people and develop new skills.

“We are extremely grateful for the efforts Chris Dennis at GKR Building and Maintenance Ltd. has gone to in order to raise money for this worthy cause.’

Mr Dennis presented a cheque for £453 to Keri Harris, who is the Chairman for the Welsh project on a voluntary basis. Mr Dennis also took part in the end of season trophy presentation handing trophies to the participants for their efforts throughout the season.

In turn, Mr Dennis was awarded with the Fundraising Champion Award 2010 for his ongoing support for SFW. Mr Dennis raised this money through a recent triathlon in London, which he completed in an impressive time of two hours and 45 minutes.

The final match event also marked a celebratory occasion for referee, Hoss Davies who chose SFW for his last ever match after refereeing for thirty years.

Mr Dennis said: “I want to raise as much money as I can for this very worthy cause.

“The people who take part in the football need support and I feel SFW can change their lives for the better. I am proud that I can help make a difference and plan to continue my support in the future.”

Street Football Wales has recently launched its brand new website www.streetfootballwales.org Please log on and lend your support.

To donate to the cause you can email Chris Dennis cdennis@gkrmaintenance.co.uk or Street Football Wales at streetfootballwales@hotmail.co.uk

For more information on on GKR go to: www.gkrmaintenance.co.uk

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