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Our history

For almost 100 years our Organisation has supported young people resident in some of the most disadvantaged communities throughout Wales.  The Organisation's roots are traced back to the coalfields of the South Wales mining valleys.


Between 1936-1937 after a process of decentralisation, it was decided to stablish a group system where leaders of twelve club areas in the region of South Wales were named as pivotal clubs, each one was responsible for a large club and satellite clubs within its influential area.


During the war, the labour of these clubs kept running, although some buildings became unsuitable


St Athans Club

and some club leaders passed away due to their contribution to the war.


In May, after some meeting with the National Association of Boys’ Clubs, The South Wales Federation extended its area to cover the whole Principality and became The Welsh Association of Boys’ Clubs. The total number of affiliated clubs by the end of the year is up to 107, most of them located in the mining areas.



The Abercrave Adventure Centre, a second Boys’ Camp, opens.

If you want to discover more about the history of the clubs for young people movement in Wales don’t hesitate to visit the guide: "Timeline 28-08 A history of the Boy’s Club Movement in Wales", created by Youth work Wales in 2017.

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