Sixteen pubs across South Wales have united to launch a campaign to re-kit 450 very special football players during the Euros 2016.
The pubs teamed up with charity Street Football Wales to launch the campaign on 10th June, coinciding with the start of the Euros, with every Welsh national hooked on the tournament in the hope of victory. The simple ask is for the Welsh public to send or deposit new or used football shirts, from any club, of any size, at one of the participating pubs.
The 450 players, who are hoping to receive a top as a result of the appeal, play in teams organised by Street Football Wales and come from a background of homelessness or social exclusion, where football is used to promote their health, social skills and overall life opportunities.
The sixteen pubs, owned by Stonegate Pub Company, were keen to utilise their strong links with the community and sport to support the worthwhile charity, during the hugely anticipated Euros.
Barry Smith, Area Manager for the sixteen pubs, said, ‘We chose to do this because we know we have the capacity to make a difference. This really is a fantastic cause and a unique way of asking the community to support a charity and improve the lives of others.
“The atmosphere in the pubs on the first game was absolutely electric; with excitement literally reaching fever pitch. We hope with the Euro craze, it boosts the campaign.”
Street Wales Football have supported hundreds of homeless people. A 24-year old woman with a history of homelessness, explains: “Street Football Wales has helped me make friends outside the hostel where I was bullied and has given me the confidence to work on relationships with my family. Six months on, I have moved back in with my mum and I have been asked to play at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. I can honestly say they have changed my life for the better.”
The participating pubs are situated in Swansea, Cardiff, Bridgend, Caerphilly and the Vale of Glamorgan and will be accepting all unwanted shirts from the 10th of June until the 4th of July.
Players can select their own tops on the 5th of July from two of the participating pubs (The Griffin, Swansea and Three Rivers, Cardiff); the rest will be distributed amongst teams during July.
The participating pubs are: Swansea: The Griffin, (Wind St); Gower Inn, (Parkmill); Eli Jenkins, (Oxford St); Cardiff: Church Inn, (Llanishen); Mackintosh Hotel, (Mundy Place); The Owain Glyndwr, (St John St); Pen and Wig, (Park Grove); Three Brewers, (Colchester Avenue); The Three Rivers, (Greyfriars Road); Henry’s Café Bar (Park Chambers);(Bridgend: Hunter’s Lodge, (Church Acre); King’s Head (previously Molloys, Norton St); Tair Pluen, (Quarrella Road); Caerphilly: King’s Arms, (Cardiff Road); Vale of Glamorgan: Railway Hotel, (Plymouth Road, Penarth); Cross Keys, (Dinas Powys);