Game On Wales is a programme delivered by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
The Trust has championed the role sport and physical activity can play for 20 years. But we need to keep introducing young people in our Coalfield Communities to the life-changing benefits of sport.
The vision for Game On Wales is to encourage healthy lifestyles and support Coalfield residents to be more active, more often.
Game On Wales delivers throughout former mining communities (220 wards) across 12 Welsh local authority areas. We do this by providing and / or supporting others that provide informal sport e.g. 5 a side (Football 5ives), walking football, Turn Up and Play sessions for girls (Huddle), Sports Leaders UK qualifications and other easy to organise and access sport sessions. In addition we support sport clubs to become more effective and visible through expert consultancy support (better facilities and community asset transfers) and kit sponsorship.
The audience for Game On is young people, aged 7 to 16 years old, who typically, are not a member of any other sports club. We deliver in the community to strengthen and champion these communities; locations tend to be areas of higher crime, significant health inequalities, fewer community resources and where lower academic attainment is prevalent.
For too long, people with the most to gain from being active have been the least able to take part. As a result of the huge discrepancy that 2020 has caused, and the inequalities it’s reinforced or even exacerbated our drive to confront these inequalities head on in stronger than ever. Game On Wales has adapted and played a crucial role in supporting vulnerable individuals and communities to navigate and survive the crisis; pivoting to provide aid to flood victims; creating safe spaces for vulnerable children to play; and continuing to educate children and young people about health & nutrition.