A Caerphilly county borough village has its first youth rugby team in a generation thanks to a StreetGames doorstep sport project.
What started out as a small turn-up-and-play rugby session on the streets of Markham has developed into the first youth section the area’s rugby club has seen in many years.
John Griffiths AM, Sport and Culture Minister, visited the thriving club on Thursday 19th April, to experience first hand the benefit that sport is having on young people in the area. He commented, “I am very impressed with what I have seen here today. Whilst our organised sports clubs do a fantastic job with their young members, there are many children and young people who don’t have the confidence or family support to go along to a club for the first time. Introducing sport to young people in a way which is accessible is therefore a vitally important way of creating a more active Wales and in helping young people feel that they do have a right to belong to their local sports club.
“The response in Markham is an excellent example of how young people will get involved in sport if that first step is made easier for them. Being more active will deliver health and well-being benefits to these young people but, perhaps more importantly, being a part of team and a community will boost their confidence and self-esteem which will hopefully also improve their educational attainment and their life chances.”
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