Welsh youngsters in African football project

Disadvantaged Welsh youths to promote cultural understanding in Sierra Leone

The project aims to bring people together through sport (photo courtesy SAFE Foundation)

A group of disadvantaged Cardiff youngsters will use football to break down cultural barriers when they travel to war-ravaged Sierra Leone this week.

The young people – defined as being not in full time education, employment or training (NEET) – will engage in football sessions with youngsters in the West African country, and will also provide educational workshops on nutrition and health, HIV/Aids and life skills.

“By using the power of football we aim to increase understanding and global citizenship and help make a difference to some of the most deprived children and young people in the world,” said Peter Griffiths, one of the project organisers. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Cardiff young people who are looking to change and enhance their life skills and self-esteem.”