NEWTOWN Football Club hosted a successful community football fun day on Sunday.

Hundreds of children from across the area descended on Latham Park for the, organised by Newtown Whitestars Junior Football Club with support from the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and McDonalds.

Sophie Ingle and Laura O’Sullivan were the guests of honour with the international duo playing key roles in Wales’ march toward the verge of Women’s World Cup qualification.

O’Sullivan even stepped in between the sticks for one of the day’s goalkeeping challenges as well as joining Ingle in presenting medals to players and taking pictures with young fans.

O’Sullivan said: “Days like this are massive for Welsh football and encourage the younger generation to get started in the game at a young age.”

Ingle added: “It is nice to be getting results and be seen as role models. Young players come up to us and say how they want to be like us one day which is really nice to hear.”

Meanwhile Whitestars coaching co-ordinator Lee Stephens hoped the event would help the club continue to grow.

“We are delighted with how the event turned out” said Stephens. “The FAW and McDonalds support in holding the fun day in Newtown was great and turnout bigger than expected.

“Our junior club has grown since the late Keith Harding set it up in 2005 and that is down to our dedicated coaches and volunteers.

“We are always looking for more and if anyone is interested in joining as a player, coach or volunteer then they are asked to contact the club.”