Newport Inclusion Cohesion Shield
I was delighted to attend and join over 100 young people from across Newport, who were taking part in the annual Newport Inclusion Cohesion Shield.
The event was hosted by Newport Live Positive Futures and Newport City Council Youth Justice Service and aimed to unite young people and adults from across the city to play football and break down barriers within communities.
Food and drink was provided on the day for those taking part, with players t shirts, shin pads and goody bags ensuring all players had what they needed to take part.
Newport Yemeni Community Association, The Sanctuary project, Community Youth Project Newport, Gwent Police supported players to attend. Newport County FC Manager James Rowberry and John Griffiths AM stayed on to present the Junior shield.
Sport provides an opportunity for equality to shine through. Players unite for a common goal, to succeed in an activity and not be judged or discriminated against because of their background or community.
I am proud to fund many of the organisations involved, they provide opportunities for some of our most vulnerable individuals, who without support may at risk of becoming involved in a life of serious organised crime.
I would like to thank everyone involved.