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Pembroke and District Amateur Swimming club is forty!




The current Pembroke and District swimmers winners: County Championships at Haverfordwest

FORTY years ago saw the opening of the new Pembroke Sports centre on the site of the former grammar school at Bush in Pembroke. Alongside a sports hall, tennis and squash courts, for the first time the community of Pembroke and Pembroke Dock had its very own 25-metre four-lane swimming pool and learner pool. It wasn’t long before the newly appointed swimming teacher, Trina Bowen (Pearson) started a collaboration with the Sports centre manager Larry Jones and his late wife June to form a swimming club.

Larry (an ex Welsh record butterfly swimmer) became the first chief coach. With Trina and Janet Green, the founding members’ aims were simple; to get children of the local community swimming! Prior to this, if you wanted to teach your children to swim it involved a trip to Haverfordwest, which at that time meant crossing the Cleddau River by boat! Through those early days, support for the club grew as Trina with in her role as the swimming teacher. Seeing children swimming during their school sessions meant she was ideally placed to then try and entice them to come to improve their swimming at the swimming club sessions. The club continued strongly through the decades that followed with hundreds of local children getting the opportunity to learn to swim. At times, the membership of the club approached 300!

The early days of the swimming club saw mostly a family based system with many swimmers’ siblings inevitably getting involved and progressing through the ranks. Since the club’s inception, there have been many opportunities to compete for the swimmers to develop and improve their swimming. Many ex-members will recall a number of overseas trips to the Pembroke’s twin town Bergen in Germany.

Notably though, in addition to the swimming and competing, many friendships were formed and in many cases, still flourish today! Past members will recall happy memories of trips to the pantomime in Swansea, numerous discos and the annual BBQs at Freshwater East (instigated by the late Joan Chilton). Two stalwarts of the club, Dorothy Morgan and Keith Thompson, have both injected unbelievable amounts of time and effort over many years enabling the club’s continued success.

The structure of the club continues today as it did in the early days with a committee team of hard working parents and volunteers who carry out the day to day functioning of the club. Nowadays, the new aquatic structure, run in conjunction with Pembrokeshire County Council, allows swimmers with identified potential being filtered from the club into a more formal swimming pathway based in Haverfordwest. Indeed a number of Pembroke and District’s elite swimmers now perform at a National level within this structure.

However, they and the all the club’s members have one thing in common; their roots in Pembroke and District Swimming Club’s 25-metre pool! Ex-members of the club will always recall the annual fixture in the clubs calendar, the Club Championships held in December. With this being its 40th year, the current committee members and President of the Club wish to invite any ex-committee members and coaches to a celebratory buffet, which will be held on the 13th December at 12 noon, prior to the 40th club Championships at Pembroke Pool.

All attendees would then be most welcome to stay on to watch some of the current swimmers, who range from 6 years and upwards, competing in a fun atmosphere! If you are able to come then please contact Trina Bowen on 01646 641033 and if you have any old photographs, please bring them along. The current committee would be pleased to see some of the club’s history!

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction



FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs



THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released



HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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