Date: Fri 28 Dec 2012

Busy time for Bangor in the Community

GroundWork at the Bookpeople Stadium

GroundWork at the Bookpeople Stadium

Whilst many of us have been enjoying a relaxing time over the Christmas break, Bangor City Football Club’s Football in the Community Programme has been busy planning activities for the New Year.

  • There’ll be a two-day soccer camp for boys and girls aged 5-12 on 3rd-4th January, featuring coaching from UEFA-licensed staff. The camp takes place at Maes Glas Sports Centre, Bangor and there’s a warm welcome for youngsters of all abilities.
  • Budding Banksies can prime their spraycans and get ready for a Graffiti Arts Workshop to be held at The Book People Stadium Nantporth from 10am – 4 pm on 10 January. This event is for ages 16+ and it’s a great and exciting opportunity to learn new skills and explore new creative outlets.
  • It’s been a busy time for City’s Community programme, as working in partnership with GroundWork North Wales, with funding through Britvic, seven raised beds have been planted within The Book People Stadium. Three days of hard work from staff and volunteers of GroundWork and Bangor City Community Sports resulted in the finished product now brightening up the Bangor end of the ground (pictured right).
  • Also recently, Bangor City Community Sports in partnership with the Derwen project have been delivering disability football sessions at Ysgol Yr Hendre in Caernarfon. These sessions see participants from across Gwynedd with different learning disabilities come together, have fun and develop new skills under the tutelage of professional coaches. We are looking at establishing a junior disability football team in the area as a result of the success of these sessions.

    Finally, Bangor have just appointed their first Community Coach, who is Iwan Jones from Llanrug. Iwan’s post is funded by Jobs Growth Wales and he will be with City for 26 weeks in the first place. He will be working on the ever-expanding Football in the Community programme and running coaching sessions in local communities.(pic attached – Ethan Ray on the left, Iwan Jones on the right)

    Ethan Ray on the left, Iwan Jones on the righ from the Community Programme

    Ethan Ray on the left, Iwan Jones on the righ from the Community Programme

    Reviewing recent activities, City Chairman Dilwyn Jones said; "We’re very happy at how, working in partnership with Vi-Ability, Bangor City Football Club is really reaching out into the areas where our supporters live and work. Activities like these offer new and exciting events for local youngsters and also help us maintain our profile in the local community."

    Community Officer Ethan Ray said, "It has been a fantastic four months working here at Bangor City FC. It’s a great club to be a part of and with Vi-Ability on board as community partner the engagement work being undertaken has gone from strength to strength. We have completed a wide range of projects and activities over the past months from sport to education and have plenty more in store for 2013. We cannot wait to hit the ground running in January and continue to work with the great people of Bangor and the surrounding area".

    For information about all City Football in the Community activities, or to book onto the upcoming events, call Ethan on 01248 355852 or email ethan@vi-ability.org