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YMCA competitions.

Neath

1914

Port Talbot

1923

Aberaman

1924

Port Talbot

1925

Port Talbot

1926

Splott,Cardiff

1927

Port Talbot

1928

Port Talbot

1929

Abertridwr

1953

Port Talbot

1931

St. Athan East

1956

Abertridwr

1944

Neath

1957

Abertridwr

1945

Pontypridd

1960

Abertridwr

1946

Abertridwr

1961

Port Talbot

1947

Abertridwr

1962

Port Talbot

1946

Abertridwr

1963

Carmarthen

1949

Penarth

1964

Carmarthen

1950

Port Talbot

1930

YMCA International Football Matches.

In 1949, a communication was received from the YMCA of Northern Ireland, suggesting that an international Football Match be arranged between YMCA Boys under 18 years of age, in Wales and YMCA Boys of a similar age in Northern Ireland. The invitation was received with enthusiasm and the first match was played at Aberaman, that year. It was a happy event enjoyed by both visitors and the home side. The inevitable followed and home and away matches were played each year, without a break until 1959.

Hospitality was arranged for the Irish boys at Coleg y Fro and, on occasion, in the homes of the Welsh boys and, in like manner, the Irish boys reciprocated. Here is a record of results:

Matches played: Wales Ireland Drawn

won won

Eight. Three One Three

Abandoned (Bad weather)

One

A few international YMCA matches were played on similar lines between Wales and Scotland and others against England.

YMCA Championship International Matches were played in 1966 and 1968, between YMCA Teams from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. These took place during a weekend at Rhoose and Rhyl, respectively.

The qualitative impact of the new Youth Associations on the work of the YMCA in Wales.

The growth of membership in new centres was a unique contribution to the total Welsh membership. In two or three years it reached the 2,800 mark which amounted to an increase of 37.3%.

It was an enthusiastic membership, steady in attendance, friendly and cordial and eager to participate in efforts to enlist new members.

This early membership, with minor fluctuations, remained reasonably static over a period of twenty years. Each year losses of members were equated by an enrolment of new members.

Management officials in the Mining industry urged their young miners to become YMCA members. After heavy labour and toil in the coal seams during the day and, sometimes night shifts, the hours spent in the bright, decorated rooms and hall of the Youth Club provided a fresh environment. They had opportunities to join in activities which appealed to youth. These

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