His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met young people who are turning their lives around with help from his youth charity, as part of a series of engagements to mark Wales Week.
HRH visited HM Prison & Young Offenders' Institution Parc to meet a group of young people taking part in our Get Started with Football course.
The Prince was joined by Lesley Kirkpatrick, Director for The Prince’s Trust Cymru, for a tour of the prison gardens and sports area where he met young people on the course run in partnership with Cardiff City FC Community and Education Foundation and the Premier League.
During the visit HRH heard from one young man who had taken part in the course when facing a five-year sentence for drugs offences. Toby Guest, 27, is now employed by Cardiff City FC to deliver the course and help other young people prepare for life after prison.
"I am extremely grateful to the Prince’s staff at Cardiff City for believing in me and giving me the opportunity of a fresh start."
Parc Prison Director Janet Wallsgrove commented: "Our work with The Prince’s Trust plays an important part in our effort to help offenders to turn away from crime. The Get Started with Football course has a tangible impact on young offenders and their communities by helping prisoners to build the skills, knowledge and motivation to succeed when they leave custody and return to society."
The Prince also visited Glamorgan CCC’s Swalec Stadium where he was hosted by unemployed young people taking part in our Get into Hospitality course. During the programme, which is funded by the Co-operative Foundation and forms part of the Truth About Youth initiative, funded by The Co-operative.
The young people will put into practice what they have learnt at various events this summer, starting with The Ashes on 8th July. HRH also spoke with members of the England and Australian cricket teams who were warming up in preparation for this summer’s series.
18 year-old Arjan Singh left school at 16 and aspires to join the military in the future. He said:
"I have developed so many transferrable skills from the course and I’m looking forward to putting them into practice over the summer!"
Glamorgan CCC CEO Hugh Morris said, "As a club, Glamorgan are always looking at new ways to develop our close relationship with the local community, and this course will only serve to benefit those 16-25 year olds who are searching for employment. The Prince's Trust is an outstanding organisation and we look forward to continuing our work alongside them in the future."
The Prince also made a visit to Rhondda Cynon Taf to a recycling centre set up 20 years ago with our help. HRH met apprentices, staff and volunteers at Too Good to Waste recycling centre. Lesley Kirkpatrick, Director of The Prince’s Trust Cymru, said: "We are committed to supporting young people in Wales and providing them with the skills and confidence to find work. Currently there are too many young people in Wales feeling hopeless about the future, but with the right support, we can help to get these lives back on track. We are incredibly grateful to all our partners for their support."The Trust has been working with Cardiff City since 2009.
The Prince’s engagements were filmed for a landmark ITV documentary, presented by duo Ant and Dec, who are following HRH The Prince of Wales as he looks forward to the 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust.