Today I raised with the First Minister a question about supporting the many thousands of grassroots young players and volunteers in Newport that will be the future of the Welsh football team.
I asked "The legacy of Wales’s football success will be in our young people. In Newport, we have 1,699 active junior players playing in 140 teams and 16 clubs. In addition to this, we have a successful academy system at Newport County, who support and develop our stars of tomorrow. Will the First Minister ensure that the Welsh Government will continue to work with the FAW to support and nurture the talent of our future football stars in Wales?”
In reply the First Minister committed to continuing support for those involved at grassroots level, saying “Absolutely. It was my pleasure to open the academy in Newport, the national academy. We did provide financial help to the FAW in order for it to be set up. It is hugely important to have modern facilities with access to good coaching at the elite level of sport in order for there to be a high level of performance. But, it is important as well to make sure that facilities are in place to encourage people to play sport at all levels and that’s exactly what we will continue to do, working with organisations like Sport Wales. “