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 gain 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. Please see below more detailed information about the sports we are involved in most.
Our Rugby section consists of two teams Under 16 and Youth. During trials, the best Rugby players from all our member clubs are chosen to represent Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales at international tournaments.
Many successful Welsh Rugby players such as Morgan Stoddart and Richard Hibbard have played for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales before starting their successful professional careers.
Our Football section is split into Girls’ and Boys’ teams. The representative football squads are chosen during trials from all our member clubs just like the Rugby teams. 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 and John Hartson.
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 summer Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales hosts a major Athletic competition, the Clubs for Young People Championship which is UK wide.
Boxing is a traditional sport in the Boys’ Clubs since the 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.