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Grassroots support essential to Welsh football – William Powell AM

April 19, 2013 3:13 PM

Sir Geoff Hurst, William Powell AM, Ian RushWilliam Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Member for Mid and West Wales, was joined by football legends Ian Rush and Sir Geoff Hurst in the National Assembly for Wales to launch the '10 Years of Teamwork: McDonald's national grassroots football partnerships 2002-2012' report by Loughborough University's Institute of Youth Sport.

William Powell AM, Chair of the Cross Party Group for Sport, said:

"It's a great pleasure to be involved in the Welsh launch of this important report.

"Welsh football has gone from strength to strength in recent years culminating in Swansea City's victory of the Football League Cup, their resultant place in Europe next season, and Cardiff City's guaranteed promotion to the Premier League this week.

"Grassroots teams and coaches are an essential part in sustaining this success. Volunteers up and down the Country who give up their time to train and champion local teams need our support.

"I am grateful for the support offered by the McDonald's national grassroots football partnership over the past decade and wish it further success in the future.

"Together with the Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Football Trust grassroots football can ensure that Wales gets many more players like Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale in the future."

Jay Probert, Regional Development coordinator for the Welsh Football Trust, added:

"This event was a great celebration of the impact McDonalds has had on Welsh grassroots football. With grassroots football taking up over 95% of all football provision within in Wales, it's great that McDonalds recognises this and supports the work of the FAW and the Welsh Football Trust. This helps us grow the game and raise standards across Wales."