Jobless young people benefit from training with the Community Trust
This summer fifteen unemployed young people from the Swansea area gained experience and skills in football thanks to a week long course run by Swansea City AFC Community Trust in partnership with youth charity The Prince's Trust.
'Get Started with Football' is a free training programme run by the partnership and took place in July. During the week, the young people, aged between 16 and 25, took part in activities including football coaching skills with Swansea City coaches, first aid, healthy eating and leadership skills. They also had the opportunity to watch Swansea FC first team train.
Linden Jones, Community Trust Manager, said: "It's great to get involved with the youngsters from the local community and help them gain confidence and motivation. Swansea City has always been a family and community club and helping these young people gain skills doesn't just benefit them – it's good for the community as a whole."
Gerry O' Sullivan, manager of the Get Started programme in Wales, said: "Get Started offers short courses which engage young people through practical activities such as sport or the arts and help them to grow in confidence and motivation, and develop skills to help them move into work, or further training."
In Wales, 3,500 young people are supported each year through The Prince's Trust's programmes. Three in four young people supported by The Prince's Trust move into work, education or training.