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Woman wins award for football academy for autistic children

A woman from South Wales has won the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award from Lorraine Kelly for setting up a football academy for children with autism.

Andrea Smith from Cwmtwrch set up Cwm Wanderers to allow children, who would not otherwise get the opportunity or be able to cope, to learn football skills in a supportive environment.

The academy is equipped with trained coaches with an ambition to integrate them into already established and successful main stream teams at Cwm Wanderers AFC.

Working in partnership with Swansea City Community Trust and mobile phone giant E, the inclusive project has given the children opportunities to visit the Liberty Stadium and attend matches.

Both have also funded Andrea's project.

The session runs each Wednesday throughout the year to ensure routin Wellbeing and fun are at the heart of the Academy whilst also up-skilling the children in a sport they enjoy.

Since the awards Andrea has been contacted by a major premier league club to roll out a similar scheme across London.