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Newport County help develop women's football in Gwent

24 November 2021

Club chairman Gavin Foxall and manager James Rowberry recently visited the Newport County AFC Girls Centre, as the Exiles are helping develop women's football in the local area.

Since September of this year, the renamed FAW Trust Girls Development Centres has been aligned to key partners who will deliver the programme in the eight different areas.

'The Newport County AFC girls centre in partnership with the FAW Trust is an exciting opportunity for not only the girls of Newport but Gwent also," Academy manager Damien Broad said.

"For the last 5 weeks we have had great interest from girls of all ages, aspiring to join the centre, with almost 350 trialing across u10,12,14 and 16 age groups.

"The response to the announcement of our partnership was not what was expected, and just shows the fantastic growth and appetite for opportunities in the women's game across South Wales, Gwent and Newport.

"The centre has already had great support with the visit of club chairman Gavin Foxall, first team manager James Rowberry and the Technical director of the FAW Trust Dave Adams.

"Showing that we as a club hope to play our part in providing opportunities for girls in our community and in doing so help the FAW continue their fantastic work in growing the game for all girls across Wales."

Sian Rees, the u12 and u16 Girls Phase Lead added: "It is an honour and privilege to be leading Girls in Gwent & wearing Newport County AFC badge.

"We have had a huge interest and it has been exciting to see so many young women playing football & to a great standard.

"With all the support from Newport County and great team of staff, we will develop these players to the highest standards and help them achieve their potential.

"We will keep growing the beautiful game & aspiring girls across Gwent to join grassroots football and work their way through to us and beyond into regionals.

"The next international players are in our County. Thank you to Damien Broad for the opportunity & the support received from all the team"

Jessica Walkley, the u10 and u14 Phase Lead said: 'It's a great privilege to be given this opportunity and to start something new for women's football in the gwent area.

Women's football is growing so fast and we are lucky enough to have this great club to support us as we support these young players."


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