by Jordan A Jones
A USW student-run cup competition to celebrate youth football is taking place at the USW Sport Park today.
Football Association of Wales affiliated academies in Wales will meet over the course of two days in an event that will showcase the best of youth football.
It is taking place at the USW Sport Park, inside the first full-size indoor 3G football pitch in the country.
Barry Town United, Cambrian & Clydach Vale, Llanelli Town, Haverfordwest County and Merthyr Town are the sides participating in the event.
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Under 9s and Under 10s teams will play on March 10th, whilst Under 8s and Under 11s teams will arrive at the Sport Park next Sunday.
It is being run by first-year BSc Football Coaching and Performance students, who are working towards a module which is designed to help develop football in the community.
Amogh Aidge, Lewis John, Maitreya Joshi and Yash Nagwe are the four individuals involved in the organisation and delivery of the event.
USW Cup’s intensions stress the importance of more competitions in Wales for youth football.
Organisers said: “The purpose of the USWCup2019 is to provide an opportunity for all academies around Wales to come together and play in a structured event at world-class facilities as currently there is no ‘structured league’ for foundation phase age groups across Wales.”
Officials from the Football Association of Wales will be present on both contact days as they pay close attention to the running of the event.
Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield, Wales’s Jayne Ludlow and former Middlesbrough coach David Adams have all given their support to the event.
Wales manager Jayne Ludlow commented on the RICS nominated USW Sport Park and on the event: “We’ve chosen this facility to partner up with because it is a professional entity. We have everything we need here to develop a top-level athlete.
“For young boys within Wales to come and experience this environment is a great opportunity to experience what it’s like.”
Today’s event (10th March) runs from 13:00 to 17:00 at the USW Sport Park. Next week (17th March) runs from the same times of 13:00 to 17:00. Entry fees for the competition are £25 per squad.