Football Event Scores Highly With Young People From Wales

A renowned annual football event has proved a major hit at Wrexham Glyndwr University

The Easter Football College – which the university runs annually – drew more participants than ever to its 2019 sessions, to take part in three days dedicated to coaching and football science.

The course, funded by the North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership, was led by specialists in the field including Wrexham Glyndwr University lecturer in Football and Coaching Science Chris Hughes.

Open to any young person living in Wales, the three days the college ran saw its participants put through their paces on the sports facilities at the university’s Plas Coch campus, as well as taking part in classroom-based sessions.

Organiser and university Widening Access Coordinator Sarah Gaffney said: We had a great mix of people taking part in this year’s college, and I was pleased to hear that everyone enjoyed their time with us.

“The Easter Football College is designed to introduce its participants to coaching and football science, but it does so much more than that.

“Sport is a great way to bring communities together, and the course not only teaches participants football skills – it shows them how those skills can help build strong relationships and boost their communities.

“Lots of those who took part in this year’s event finished it inspired to develop their skills – and a number of young people who have taken part over the years have gone on to build on the skills they learnt through further study on our Football and the Performance Specialist degree.

“Coaching helps build the players of tomorrow – and it helps build our communities – so knowing we are might be helping inspire Wales’ next generation of coaches is good news!”

Find out more about Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Football Coaching and the Performance Specialist BSc (Hons) Degree – designed in partnership with the Football Association of Wales – here:


Founded in 2008, Wrexham Glyndwr University is a young, bold and vibrant university based in north-east Wales. The university has two campuses in Wrexham, Plas Coch and Regent Street plus campuses in Northop and St Asaph. In 2017 the university was awarded the silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework for the quality of teaching.

The university is driving academic excellence through a wide range of innovative and industry-relevant courses, such as Applied Science, Computing, Engineering, Creative Arts, Criminology and Psychology. Wrexham Glyndwr is now a Top 100 University, rising 24 places in the Guardian league tables – one of the top 10 risers in the UK.  The Campus 2025 strategy encompasses plans for new student accommodation, car parking and upgraded facilities in the next eight years.