Osian Roberts is official ambassador for Huws Gray Ynys Môn 2019 Inter-Island Games Football Competition
One of the biggest voices in Welsh football takes on a major role in a much-anticipated event on his native island next week.
Wales assistant-manager Osian Roberts has been confirmed as an official ambassador for the Huws Gray Ynys Môn 2019 Inter-Island Games Football Competition.
A veteran of the Island Games himself, having helped the Anglesey men’s team to numerous medals in the 1990s and early 2000s, Roberts has since gone on to stardom within the Wales national team set-up as technical director at the FAW Trust and playing a pivotal role in guiding the men’s side through arguably the most successful period in its history.
The Bodffordd-native will not only act as an official tournament ambassador, he will also be involved in a question-and-answer session at the opening ceremony at Holyhead Leisure Centre on Saturday, June 15.
Roberts said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to be an ambassador for the Huws Gray Ynys Môn 2019 Inter Island Games Tournament on Anglesey and I am very much looking forward to meeting all of the teams and officials at the tournament’s opening ceremony.
“The people of Ynys Môn are going to see a fantastic, competitive tournament and a lot of teams that are going to represent not just their islands but their countries with massive pride. Our players won’t just be representing Ynys Môn – they’ll be representing Wales too!
“I hope that every island enjoys their experience of visiting Ynys Môn, and Wales, and takes the opportunity to get around the island and enjoy our wonderful beaches, our scenery and the warmth of our people.”
Holywood A-lister wishes Anglesey well ahead of Inter Games tournament
Two-time Oscar nominee and one of the most famous actresses in the world, Naomi Watts, has sent a special message to the island where she spent some of her years growing up.
The 50-year-old actress wished Ynys Môn well ahead of hosting a major international football competition next week.
Watts is president of Glantraeth Football Club on the island, one of 11 clubs selected to host matches during the Huws Gray Ynys Môn 2019 Inter-Island Games Tournament, which will be contested on the island from June 15-22. She sent a video message of support now published on the Ynys Môn Island Games Association Facebook page.
The world-famous actress spent three years on the island as a child and attended school in Llangefni before going on to become a major movie star.
In the video, Naomi said: “As president of one of the tournament’s host clubs, Clwb Pel-droed Glantraeth, I just wanted to wish everyone the best of luck and I hope the games go really, really well and that everyone has fun.
“I’m sending so, so much love – Wales is just such a special place in my heart and I say hi to everyone there and I hope you enjoy!”
Football Festivals announced as part of Inter-Island Games Tournament
Free, fun football activities for all ages and ability levels are coming to Ynys Môn as part of the Inter-Island Games Football Tournament.
The Huws Gray Ynys Môn 2019 organising committee announced the news this week.
With 16 men’s and women’s teams from islands across the globe set to descend on Ynys Môn from June 15-22, organisers have worked hard to confirm three bespoke footballing events across the island aimed at increasing participation and encouraging the people of the island to live more healthy and active lifestyles.
On the day of the tournament’s opening ceremony a McDonald’s Fun Football Festival, organised in partnership with the FAW Trust, will be hosted at Holyhead Hotspur from 11am until 4pm with a McDonald’s Grassroots Football Ambassador set to be in attendance.
There will also be an Over-50s Walking Football tournament taking place at Amlwch Leisure Centre from 11am until 2pm on the same day, with teams from across North Wales and beyond set to compete.
Another event being staged will be a Girls Football Festival, organised in partnership with the FAW Trust and the Urdd, hosted at Plas Arthur in Llangefni on Wednesday, June 19, for primary school girls on the island. The festival is open to girls teams in years 3, 4, 5 and six from every school on the island, offering opportunities for girls to play football in a safe, non-competitive environment and promote the opportunities there are for girls to move forward into the Urdd’s community football clubs or other clubs in the local area.