BGC Wales Sports
Sport has been an important part of Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales for over 90 years and we are still using it as a way to develop young people. Being frequently active in sport enables young people to gain new experiences, self-confidence, motivation and valuable communication skills.
The Organisation is grateful for the volunteer support in all the sports that we undertake and, without such support, young people would not be able to access these opportunities. We are involved in numerous sports, many of which are competition based whilst many others are used to enhance young people’s development.
CROSS COUNTRY & ATHLETICS
Another important sport in our organisation is Cross Country and Athletics in which we have been engaged for over 50 years.
Every year Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales joins a major Athletic competition, organised by NABGC (National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs) hosted by Essex Boys and Girls Club
Boxing is a traditional sport in the Boys’ Clubs since its early beginnings. It is a fantastic sport to engage young people in and many of the Welsh World Champions have started their career in one of our affiliated clubs.
The World Champions, Nathan Cleverley and Joe Calzaghe, have both represented Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales at the British Championships.
Our Football section is split into Girls’ and Boys’ teams. The representative football squads are chosen during trials from all our member clubs. All age groups frequently take part in the historic fixture against the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Scotland.
During the past 60 years in which our organisation has supported football in its member clubs, many football players have started professional careers after representing Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales. These include Brian Flynn, Alan Curtis, Robert Page and John Hartson.
Our Rugby section consists of two boys teams U16s and U18s, and one girls team U16s. During Talent ID, the best Rugby players from all our member clubs are chosen to represent BGC Wales at international tournaments.
Many successful Welsh Rugby player such as Morgan Stoddart, Richard Hibbard, Tomos Williams and Dewi Lake have played for BGC Wales before starting their successful professional careers.