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Haverfordwest County AFC: Players continue to progress.

Haverfordwest County AFC: Players continue to progress.

HAVERFORDWEST AFC FOOTBALL ACADEMY is the only FAW Football Academy operating in Pembrokeshire and participates in a competition set up for Welsh Premier League Clubs. To comply with the FAW Academy Regulations clubs must satisfy the FAW that players are registered for all mandatory age groups (under 10, under 12, under 14 under 16 and under 19.) and that training arrangements and playing facilities meet minimum FAW standards for the duration of the season.

To provide the pathway to a higher level of football, players are assessed regularly and their names passed to Premiership scouts and to the FAW Trust Player Identification officer to give them a chance to progress further in the game. Recent examples of this are Finn Iles, Morgan Thomas and Travis O’Connor and Nicholas Jones. Also Joseph Griffiths a member of Academy teams for three years is about to start a 6 week trial with Swansea City. Six members of the Under 19s team have been recommended for the FAW Academy Under 18s squad for a forthcoming match versus the Republic of Ireland.

These are Gwion Howell, Lloyd Hughes, Aiden Rainbow, Mark Davies, Glen Fetini, and Daniel Evans. All Academy coaches have to satisfy a rigid criteria of qualifications and competence with all Head Coaches possessing a minimum of a UEFA B qualification or be on the pathway towards this award. Haverfordwest County Football Academy in its mission statement is committed to the best practice of football coaching to ensure that local players are given the opportunity to progress to the first team of the main club, and if possessing the necessary potential to go for trials with Swansea City and the Regional Squads of the Football Association of Wales.

The combined teams of the Football Academy are pictured (see above) before the match against Academy newcomers Risca, themselves committed to giving local youngsters accesss to the pathway for players toward national squad selection through FAW Academy football. Haverfordwest County Football Academy is grateful for the generous renewed sponsorship from West Wales Properties, and for this season from The Milford Haven Port Authority and Mr Richard Morgan with proceeds from the Ollie Morgan Memorial Match and continued support from Haverfordwest County AFC, the parent club. The Academy has always had close links with the Pembrokeshire Schools F.A. who field teams in under 11s, under 13s and under 15s competitions. Players have always progressed to higher levels of football from this pathway such as Joe Allen (Swansea and Liverpool and captain of Wales), Dylan Rees (Cardiff City) and Liam Cullen (Swansea City Academy and Wales).

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY has asked fans not to attend the Bridge Meadow Stadium today, March 6, as the club restarts its JD Cymru Premier campaign.

The Bluebirds take on Cardiff Met in a game that kicks off at 2:30pm but, like all fixtures in the Cymru Premier, the game is being played behind closed doors.

A club statement asks fans not to congregate outside the stadium and adds that there are ‘rigorous protocols’ for those who must attend.

A spokesperson said: “Haverfordwest County AFC would like to urge all fans to stay at home for (the) fixture against Cardiff Met. For the foreseeable future, all matches will remain behind closed doors.

“The club, along with Welsh Government guidelines, explicitly forbids the congregation of fans outside the stadium to watch the game. There are numerous precautions in place to ensure that those who must attend the game, stick to rigorous protocols to remain safe.

“All match highlights will be available post-match, via Sgorio. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Bridge Meadow, when it is safe to do so.”

The Club says that this will apply to all future home matches.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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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 https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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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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