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UEFA, together with the Football Association of Wales (FAW), is launching the “This is #welsh
Football” photography #competition
in the build-up to the finals of the #uefa
Women’s Champions League and #uefa
Champions League, which will both be played in Cardiff on 1 June and 3 June respectively.
The theme of the photography #competition
is grassroots football across Wales. The #competition
comprises two different categories: what happens on the pitch and what happens off it.
The winning photos will be selected by jury members who are experts in the field of football and/or photography:
- David Rawcliffe: Official FAW #welsh national teams photographer
- Helen Ward: #welsh women’s international & Yeovil Town Ladies
- Owain Fôn Williams: #welsh men’s international & Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
- Nick Capaldi: Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales
- Paul Murphy: Digital Image Coordinator, UEFA
- Paul Gilham: Director of Photography for Getty Images Sport
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a private opening of the #uefa
Champions League Gallery at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 31 May, when the winners will also be announced and awarded #uefa
Champions League final tickets as well as cameras (Sony a5000 Cameras for first prize, Sony QX1 Lens-Style Cameras for second and third prize).
is open to anyone, with the only condition being that their photos should depict an aspect of #welsh
grassroots football. Photos can be submitted http://uefa.to/2lmb90J until 30 April 2017.
What is grassroots football?
Football is based on the grassroots, played everywhere by men and women, boys and girls. The #sport
brings wider benefits to society as a whole, as it is not only about football skills, but also about values such as teamwork, social development, health, fitness and personal fulfilment.
Grassroots football is also a vehicle for educational, social and sporting development, and as such, everybody should have the opportunity to get involved in the game. Grassroots football gives everyone that opportunity, irrespective of their age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion or sexual identity.
Why is #uefa
investing in grassroots football?
UEFA believes that football and the joy of the game should be available for everyone, and considers the benefits that the #sport
brings to society to be a crucial driving force in all the work it does.
Welsh grassroots football
Football is the most popular spectator and participation #sport
in Wales, inspired by iconic #welsh
players like #johncharles
. Football is a way of life in Wales: a game woven into the fabric of society, enjoyed by thousands of men, women and children at all levels throughout the year. The vision of the Football Federation of Wales is of a nation where football is more than a game, achieved through realising our ambitions from grassroots to elite level football.
In 2015, the #welsh
football club Merthyr Town FC won the UEFA Grassroots Award for Best Grassroots Club. The club embodies the very essence of #sport
and community spirit, embracing coach education, fun football and small-sided games, while facilitating the #sport
for a wide target group. With the pitch always in use, the club is able to use football as a means of tackling social issues at the heart of the town.