Wolves mid­fielder Dave Ed­wards on his fun new ven­ture

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Tony Leighton

IT WAS a mas­sive de­feat and Dave Ed­wards had no ex­cuses – the player that the Wolves and Wales mid­fielder had been mark­ing had hit all of the op­po­si­tion’s goals in a 10-4 thrash­ing.

If ever the say­ing ‘one-man team’ was true, this was surely it.

In­deed it was as the ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional had been trounced by his five-year-old son Jack in a one-v-one con­test at the fam­ily’s Lit­tle Ras­cals chil­dren’s play barn.


Com­bin­ing his pro­fes­sion with his pas­sion, the 29-year-old Wolves star has de­vel­oped and is set to open the play barn in his na­tive Shrews­bury, along with his part­ner in the ven­ture, Ben Woot­ton, a life­long friend.

As well as the mini foot­ball pitch, Lit­tle Ras­cals in­cludes a range of play equip­ment and pro­vi­sion for ba­bies and chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

Ed­wards, who lives in Shrews­bury with his wife Emma, Jack and two-year-old daugh­ter Evie, said: “I got the idea when Emma and I took the chil­dren to a play barn in Oswestry.

“That’s the near­est town to Shrews­bury with a good-sized play cen­tre. It was really busy and I thought ‘it’s a shame there’s noth­ing like this in Shrews­bury,’ and from that point my plan­ning be­gan.

“I’m de­lighted with the way it’s turned out and with the feed­back we’ve had from peo­ple in Shrews­bury, who have been ex­tremely pos­i­tive about Lit­tle Ras­cals.

“And Jack, as you can imag­ine, loves it.The first time he got on the foot­ball pitch he spent an hour just kick­ing a ball around.

“Now we’re aim­ing to make it a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for all of the young­sters who will come along and hope­fully enjoy the play barn.”

Get­ting Lit­tle Ras­cals up and run­ning is one of three big suc­cesses Ed­wards is aim­ing for in the next few months.

Pro­mo­tion for Wolves and se­cur­ing a place in the Wales squad for next year’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nals are both burn­ing am­bi­tions for the mid­field man.

It looks a tough call for his club team, who just missed out on reach­ing the Cham­pi­onship play­offs last term but are strug­gling to keep up with the pace in the cur­rent cam­paign.

They started well enough, but in their six games be­fore yes­ter­day’s trip to Ip­swich they had suf­fered four de­feats.

“We’ve not been good enough on a con­sis­tent ba­sis,” ad­mit­ted Ed­wards. “It won’t be easy to get our­selves up to the play-off places, but it’s not un­achiev­able. We’ve definitely got enough in the group to be a top six team.”


While Wolves have been stut­ter­ing, Wales have been fly­ing, reach­ing their first ma­jor tour­na­ment since 1958 with Ed­wards a reg­u­lar in Chris Coleman’s squad.

“I played a lot of min­utes in the last four or five games of the qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign,” said Ed­wards,“and it’s been a fan­tas­tic jour­ney. “My dream for 2016 is for Wolves to win pro­mo­tion and then to be part of the Wales squad at the Eu­ros – and, of course, to see Lit­tle Ras­cals es­tab­lish­ing it­self for the chil­dren of Shrews­bury.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

PLAY CEN­TRE: Dave Ed­wards and busi­ness part­ner Ben Woot­ton join the young­sters at Ras­cals

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