Community team take up the round ball to help raise awareness of homelessness in region

Rob LloydCommunity News, News

Scarlets Community Foundation swapped the oval ball for a round one for a day to take part in a five-a-side football festival in Llanelli to help raise awareness of homelessness in the region.

The event at Stebonheath Park, the home of Llanelli AFC, was hosted by Carmarthenshire Council’s Actif Sport and Leisure team, who recently launched a Street Football project to enhance physical, social and mental well-being by combining football sessions with housing support. The festival was sponsored by construction firm Bouygues UK which is currently working on the first phase of Llanelli’s Pentre Awel project.

The football sessions occur weekly, and have kicked off at Ammanford Leisure Centre (Wednesdays at 16:30) and Llanelli Leisure Centre (Fridays at 12 noon).

Nine teams took part in the festival, with Actif Street Football team coming out on top after beating Swansea City on penalties. All those who participated received medals provided by Tata Steel.

The festival was in partnership with Llanelli Town Council, Scarlets, Swansea City FC, The Wallich, Multicultural Network and The Salvation Army.

Scarlets Community Foundation manager Paul Fisher said: “We were delighted to be asked to be part of a fantastic day, raising awareness of an important issue in our community. While football may not be our forte, the team had a great day at Stebonheath and congratulations to the Actif team and all those who took part.”

Pictured is the Scarlets Community Foundation team