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Clarbeston Road unveil ground improvements

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FOLLOWING a programme of work carried out over the summer months, Clarbeston Road AFC have today (Sept 29) unveiled a package of improvements to their facilities at Knock Field, Clarbeston Road.

The work has been delivered as the first stage of a long-term development plan for the site and follows a feasibility study commissioned from W A Spees Architects in 2015 with funding from the Solafields Community Fund.

“Back in 2015, we realised that we needed to do something to cope with the growing membership of our club and the increased demand on our facilities” said Clarbeston Road AFC Chairman, Steve Brown.

“We have grown year on year as a club and for the current season we are fielding 15 teams, as well as supporting the Cleddau Warriors Disability Football club. We needed to take action to provide suitable facilities to cater for this growing demand and today marks the completion of the first stage.”

Funding for our current project has been provided by the Welsh Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. Contributory match funding has been provided through the Landfill Community Fund, with the support of local landfill operator, Potters Waste Management.

Both pitches at the site have been improved. The first choice senior pitch has been extended and a new ball stop net system has been installed at each end. This pitch now has purpose built coach shelters and pitch-side bench seating for around 120 spectators.

The mini/junior pitch has been extended to provide the footprint for a future floodlit artificial surface for mini and junior football and training. It is also now large enough to be divided into 2 separate mini pitches.

The work has been designed to provide essential services, such as 3 phase power and sewage treatment, and to create the footprint for the next development stage. This has involved considerable excavation work at the site and has included improvement to the access to the site from the highway, improved site drainage and reconfiguration of car parking.

“We believe users of the site will notice a big difference and the experience for both players and supporters should be much improved. Our focus will now turn to planning and fundraising for a new building to be constructed on the site to house changing rooms and a clubroom.

“Our club is already an important part of the local rural community and once the proposed building is complete we plan to make it available for wider community uses, as identified in our community consultation.”

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Our Rural Development Programme is designed to boost rural communities and this project achieves these aims by tackling poverty and supporting economic priorities, whilst helping the community to thrive.

“I am pleased we have been able to assist in improving Clarbeston Road AFC. The work carried out to improve the pitches will support football in the community, promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.”

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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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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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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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