Football in Wales
The Welsh FA was founded in 1876 and is the third oldest association in the world. Football is extremely popular in Wales, although rugby union (in the winter) and cricket/golf (in the summer) also have many fans. Welsh football celebrated its greatest successes in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The national team reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 FIFA World Cup and the 1976 European Championship. From time to time, Wales have also defeated giants such as Germany (then reigning world champions), Czechoslovakia (then reigning European champions) and Brazil. In recent years, the most famous player was Ian Rush, who played for a number of teams including Juventus, Liverpool, Leeds United and Wrexham. Further back in time lie the careers of two other Welsh greats - John Charles (Juventus 1958 - 1963; Leeds United, Cardiff City) and Trevor Ford (PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 1956 - 1959; Aston Villa, Sunderland and Cardiff City). Former international John Toshack is the most famous coach to have emerged from his homeland. During his career, he has coached Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Real Sociedad (Spain, three times), Real Madrid (Spain, twice), Deportivo La Coruña (Spain), Besiktas (Turkey), St. Etienne (France) and Swansea City (Wales).
Goal project
The national training centre, which was built in cooperation with Leekes Ltd (owner of the Vale Hotel), is part of a larger project in the Vale of Glamorgan sports complex. The project, which was approved by the Goal Bureau on 15 March 2006, foresees the laying of a grass pitch of international dimensions as well as a half-size pitch for training purposes. Leekes Ltd will also allow youth and senior national teams to use facilities such as dressing rooms, medical rooms, fitness rooms and accommodation, which will result in considerable savings for the Football Association of Wales.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National training centre in Vale (Glamorgan)
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000