Ty Hafan

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how ely rangers fc took on lockdown for tŷ hafan​

In February, members of the popular Cardiff community football club set themselves the target of running 1,000km and playing 1,000mins of football to raise £1,000 for Tŷ Hafan.
In the event, the club’s 400 plus boys, girls and adults totally smashed all their targets and raised an incredible £3,055! Here manager Stevie McCarthy-Campbell tells how Ely Rangers FC took on lockdown for Tŷ Hafan.

Ely Rangers man, boy and dog in kit

“We had a call with the management committee to see how we could get our kids active with a challenge during lockdown and we came up with the idea of setting ourselves a target of doing 1,000 kilometers and 1,000 minutes of football or other exercise collectively during the month of February.

“Each team then split their teams to add a little bit of competition on the groups. Mums and dads of the junior teams then posted their child’s runs and minutes on each team’s WhatsApp group which generated more competition, plus our coaches led by example and went on several runs as well as setting up Zoom exercise sessions.

“We have supported Tŷ Hafan for many years. We held a charity football match several years ago, we also have a coin box up the club which we drop off to Tŷ Hafan when full.

“One of our parents who is a coach at the club has personal experience of Tŷ Hafan and therefore has very strong links with the charity. So we are very aware of the great work you do at Tŷ Hafan.

screenshot of boys on a conference call

“In the event we had over 400 boys, girls, youths and adults taking part. Everyone embraced it and really hit the kms and minutes hard.

“Our coaches led by example and some really went above and beyond including me! Due to knee troubles, I hadn’t run for 15 years but I went out and did several runs with one being over 8km. I said to the kids: ‘My knees are in agony kids, but if I can do it so can you!’”

“The kids were amazing and we had so many great stories, videos and photos of young kids running with their mums and dads, with the older ones really putting in the kms and competing for times and distance.

“Plus our parents loved the fact that kids were getting some fresh air so they really embraced encouraging their kids to exercise, and, where some 

poster design with information on funds raised

kids needed help, our coaches gave them a quick motivational message. “And finally, our Youth and Seniors teams – so many of our older groups – took up the challenge and it became a great way to generate banter within the group to get all players active, including first team manager Stevie who put the km’s in. He hit 10km in one of his runs – again leading by example.

“In total we completed 7,774.86 kms of running, plus 33,720.8 mins of exercise other than running including biking, high intensity interval training, skipping, football, keepy-uppies etc.

“Tŷ Hafan is a very worthy cause and, as well as exercising, we held a few session during February to educate our kids on what Tŷ Hafan does – and what they learned inspired so many of them to exercise even harder.”