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Euro 2016: Photographer Faye Chamberlain to show sport impact

Photographer Faye Chamberlain and her work on Bridge Street, Cardiff. Image copyright www.fayechamberlain.co.uk/
Image caption Photographer Faye Chamberlain and some of her work on Bridge Street, Cardiff.

A photographer is to mark Euro 2016 by travelling around Wales to capture the impact football has on people's lives.

Faye Chamberlain will then hold the More than a Game exhibition at Newport's Dragon Park.

The six-month project with the Football Association of Wales Trust, which has received funding from Arts Council of Wales, starts ahead of of the Euros.

The social documentary photographer said she wanted to show another side to Welsh football.

"The people of Wales' focus might be on Gareth Bale, Chris Coleman and the games, but I want to show a side to Welsh football that is just as important," she said.

"I'm a huge football fan so to work on this project is so exciting."

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Image caption Faye Chamberlain has previously captured football supporters watching matches

The aim of the project is to highlight the indirect impact the sport makes on people's lives.

As she travels around Wales taking photos she will also be hosting photography workshops in selected communities.

Nick Capaldi, chief executive of Arts Council of Wales, said: "Sports and the arts alike bring real benefits to individuals and make significant and positive contributions to many aspects of our lives.

"We look forward to seeing some of the stories of the devotion and passion of football supporters and participants in community groups across Wales being captured on camera."

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Image caption The photographer says she is a football fan

Alongside this, Wrexham Museum have three weeks to complete their sport exhibition and are calling on members of the public for help.

To end their exhibition, the museum is looking for digital photographs of the crowds, banners and celebratory images alike.

Organiser Jonathan Gammond, who is working with author Philip Stead and founder of the Welsh Football Collection, Ceri Stennett, to illustrate the tournament.

Fans are asked to send their digital photographs to welshfootball@wrexham.gov.uk, telling them where the photograph was taken, which game it was at, when it was, who is in it and who took the photograph.

The photographs will either appear in the exhibition, used to promote the exhibition or be archived as part of the Welsh Football Collection for future displays and research.

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