First disability soccer school in Rhondda thanks to Peter’s Pies

A Cardiff City FC soccer school for players with disabilities was held for the first time in Rhondda Cynon Taf thanks to funding from Wales’ favourite pie maker.

Peter’s Pies has teamed up with Cardiff City FC Community and Education Foundation to give five groups, schools and clubs £500 from their ‘Pot of Gold’ fund in order to purchase much-needed kit, equipment, and sporting experiences. Young people aged 5 – 23 from across South Wales took part in the structured training event at the Sports Yard in Treorchy, with all sessions and transport provided free.

Nicola Williams from Canton, Cardiff, whose three daughters Seren, Ffion and Sofia attended said: “Because the soccer school was funded we have been able to have a family day out free of charge with transport included, and the girls have had a fantastic time.

“Ffion in particular is a keen footballer. She is part deaf so learning from experienced coaches who understand her needs makes the world of difference and it means she can let go and enjoy herself more.”

Josh Law, Assistant Manager of the Disability and Health Department at Cardiff City FC Community & Education Foundation, said: “Thanks to the funding from Peter’s, the Soccer School participants will have developed fundamental skills and have a foundation in football to progress in future.

“Our aim is to get more people with physical, social, mental health impairments and disabilities playing and enjoying sport on a more regular basis.“

Marketing Manager for Peter’s, Claire Conway said: “We are very glad that we have been able to fund the Pan-Disability Soccer School in Treorchy.

“The Cardiff City FC Community and Education Foundation do an incredible amount of work so that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can enjoy sport and develop life skills along the way.

“We wanted to help by giving local sports fans, groups and clubs some much-needed funds and we’re pleased that this contribution has enabled local youngsters to learn and enjoy personal training with the Foundation.”