Author: Dafydd Jones
Street Football Wales are set to represent the nation in this year’s inaugural Four Nations Challenge Cup.
The competition takes place over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of September, being held in Edinburgh.
As the side gear up to compete with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, preparations in recent weeks have been intense.
The organisation is a social inclusion charity that delivers football for excluded people throughout Wales.
Street Football Wales’ goal is to offer opportunities for people who have been socially isolated and excluded, by providing an open, inclusive and safe environment to come and play football, make friends, build self-confidence and to support them on their own personal journeys.
As well as the tireless work of staff and volunteers, the side have also been supported by Wales centurion Loren Dykes.
In attendance in the penultimate training session before travelling to Edinburgh for the tournament, Dykes was full of praise for the organisation’s work.
“I was asked during my time still playing for Wales and I thought what a great opportunity to go along to a great cause.
“I went once and just meeting everyone, hearing their stories was so humbling and inspiring that it made me want to go back and follow their journeys both individually and as a team. Just to see that transformation in the players, I absolutely love it.
“Not just the players, the staff and volunteers work so hard. The players stay involved and help the others because they’ve had such great experiences.
“It’s such a great organisation to be a part of. The more help they can get to support players, the more we can affect people.”
After weeks of hard-work and training, Street Football Wales are set to represent Wales in the competition with the countdown nearing the final week.
For more information, please visit streetfootballwales.com