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What is BGC Wales?

Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Wales is a national voluntary youth work organisation offering young people new and attractive opportunities by providing a full and varied programme of educational, cultural, sporting and social activities.

From its early beginnings in the 1920's, the organisation has developed into being recognised as one of the most progressive youth work organisation in the UK. The organisation continues to offer a service and support to young people throughout Wales in traditional boys' and girls' clubs, community youth clubs and clubs providing sports and activities.


Support all young people to live healthy and happy lives, develop new skills, have fun, and make a meaningful contribution to their community.


  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion. 

  • Be at the heart of the community. 

  • Be respectful, reliable and trusted. 

  • Act with professionalism and integrity.


A Wales where young people are equipped with confidence, skills and abilities to reach their full potential.

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On 15th September 2028 the organisation will turn 100 years old - this is a significant moment for such an iconic and cultural organisation that is rooted in the mining communities of Wales. This date will not only be a day of celebration but also the date at which we realise the aims of this strategy. This strategy sets out a vision of how the organisation will look in 2028. This will include the programmes on offer for young people, how the clubs support the young people, the sporting and health opportunities available and the systems and processes to support and sustain a quality organisation. The strategy will also set out the part the Lodge residential centre will play to support the development of young people in Wales but also help the organisation become sustainable. This strategy is ambitious but builds on the work of a well established, continuously growing and learning organisation that aims to provide the best for young people in Wales.

Our history

For almost 100 years our organisation has been supporting young people and clubs all around Wales.


Our team

Get to know the people who make possible all the activities and projects in which BGC Wales is involved.

Our services

Today, we have a membership of over 100 clubs providing youth work and sport throughout Wales. 

We offer support and training to young people to help them develop into responsible and valued members of their communities and ensure that all young people have equal access to these opportunities.

Our staff team and volunteers support our member clubs with non formal learning opportunities such as Safer Internet use, Football Against Racism in Europe, Coding and Raise Your Voice.

We offer clubs the chance to participate in projects, informal workshops and our annual youth exchange with our German partners. We provide leaders and volunteers with access to training including Level 2 and 3 Youth Work Qualification.

We also provide clubs with advice on funding, sustainability and applying for charitable status.

Take a good look at our latest publication:

It's What We Do (bite-sized) Aug 2023

Annual Report 2021-2022

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