Category: Club News

Bowen and Gould return to parent clubs

Barry Town United can confirm that the loan spells of Sam Bowen and Josh Gould have ended due to the current suspension of the JD Cymru Premier.

Midfielder Bowen, 19, returns to Cardiff City having made seven appearances for Barry, scoring two excellent goals against Flint Town United and Cefn Druids.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Gould, 23, is back at Swansea City after playing three games between the sticks.

Our thanks to both players for their efforts while at Jenner Park and we wish them the very best of luck as their careers continue to develop.

Alert level 4: Changes made to elite status designation

Following the announcement on 19 December from the First Minister, placing Wales into Alert Level 4 of the Welsh Government Control Plan in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport Wales has communicated to the FAW a decision of the National Sport Group (NSG) in relation to the elite status designation provided to the top levels of football in Wales. 

The decision of the NSG is to rescind the elite status designation provided to the following leagues:  

  • JD Cymru Premier
  • Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League
  • JD Cymru North
  • JD Cymru South

As a result, all fixtures and activities involving non-fully professional clubs are to be postponed until further notice. The JD Cymru Leagues will make a separate announcement as to whether any fixtures involving fully professional clubs can take place during this period. 

The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the elite status designation.  

The decision by the NSG has been made in the context of the rapidly developing public health crisis here in Wales.   

The NSG has confirmed that the elite status designation will be automatically re-instated under lower Alert Levels. 

The FAW previously announced on 19 December that all football activity below the leagues detailed above will be suspended during Alert Level 4. 

The FAW urges everyone to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the firebreak lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Zoom catch-up with Gavin Chesterfield | December 18, 7:30pm

As Christmas approaches, we’re hosting a Q & A session with Gavin Chesterfield on Zoom tomorrow (Friday 18 December) at 7:30pm.

These catch-ups proved popular in the summer, and we know it has been hard for you to follow this season away from the Jenner Park stands, so this is your chance to discuss the campaign so far with Gavin and ask any questions you may have.

We hope you can join.

Zoom link: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/6639417111?pwd=QlJLVjl3aDE2SDZOUnBPMllOci96Zz09

Meeting ID: 663 941 7111
Passcode: jFn0Gq

Share a Smile campaign raises an amazing £8,500

We are delighted to announce that our Share a Smile campaign has raised an amazing £8,500.

Since the campaign launched three weeks ago, the support has been superb from everyone associated with the club and beyond. From fancy dress training sessions in the academy and ladies teams to the first team squad donating a percentage of their wage, everyone at every level of the club has contributed to this incredible fundraising effort.

The campaign itself raised £7,021.50 and this evening that figure has been generously increased to £8,500 by our chairman Mark Barrett and his wife Jane.

The money raised will now be used to purchase specific gifts for children who have been put forward by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Social Services team. After a difficult year, we hope this provides them with a smile this Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who has fundraised, donated or played any part in our Share a Smile campaign. This really shows what our club can achieve when we all pull together!

Chairman Mark Barrett commented:

“I’m a very proud chairman this evening. The club as a whole have pulled together to raise a huge amount of money. This will put smiles on so many children’s faces on Christmas Day. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to fundraise and to those who have donated.”

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town rearranged for Wednesday 16 December

We can confirm that our JD Cymru Premier fixture against Haverfordwest has been rearranged for Wednesday 16 December (kick-off 7:45pm).

The game had been scheduled for last night (Tuesday 8 December), but after a member of our squad showed symptoms of Covid-19, Public Health Wales strong advised that the game should be postponed until the results of a test had been received. We agreed with this recommendation as it is our job as a football club and as citizens to minimise the risk and protect our staff, players and those of Haverfordwest County.

Thankfully, the member of our squad has tested negative, and the game can now be played next week.

Club statement: Clubhouse closure

Following the latest regulations set out by the Welsh Government, to safeguard the club we have taken the difficult decision to close the clubhouse following our game against Flint Town United on Saturday.

With COVID-19 continuing to force new and difficult trading conditions, our only option is to go into hibernation until these latest hospitality restrictions are relaxed.

On Friday 4 December we will open between 2pm and 6pm with normal service. On Saturday during our home game, we will be open serving non alcoholic drinks only from 1:30pm to 6pm and ask supporters to book tables in advance.

We hope to be back open and serving you all very soon, but if we do not see you before, we wish you a very happy Christmas with your families. We will all get through this together.

Thank you for your ongoing support – Lewis, Emily and all at Barry Town United.

Welsh Blood Service teams up with FAW’s Cymru Leagues & WPWL urging supporters to save lives

The Welsh Blood Service has partnered with the FAW’s JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League to launch a brand-new campaign to encourage domestic football fans to donate blood.

Through its ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign, clubs are being encouraged by the Welsh Blood Service to engage with their supporters and local communities to promote the importance of giving blood and signing up football fans to save thousands of lives. The campaign has received support from former Wales midfielder Owain Tudur Jones and Wales forward Natasha Harding.

Every single day the Welsh Blood Service needs to collect 350 blood donations to supply hospitals with enough blood for patients.

Blood and its by-products play a vital role in saving lives each day, with donations helping accident victims, patients having a kidney, liver or an organ transplant, pregnant women, leukaemia and cancer patients, someone about to undergo open heart surgery and premature babies who cannot survive without a blood transfusion. 

The Welsh Blood Service collects 100,000 blood donations each year from roughly 70,000 volunteer donors. In its new role as the official community partner of the FAW’s Cymru Leagues and Welsh Premier Women’s League*, the Welsh Blood Service is hoping the ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign will help the organisation with its goal of signing 11,000 new blood donors in 2020.

Although the pandemic has temporarily stopped football fans from attending games, clubs are asking supporters to cheer their team on by making a potentially lifesaving blood donation instead. Giving blood is considered an essential service, and donation sessions have continued across Wales throughout the pandemic with additional safety measures introduced to meet Welsh Government guidance for donors attending.

Professor Donna Mead, chair of Velindre University NHS Trust, said: “This is a brilliant result for the Welsh Blood Service. These football clubs have a huge connection with their local communities and we really hope that our ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign will inspire fans to drop into a local donation centre.

“Additional measures have been introduced to ensure we can maintain our high levels of safety during the pandemic, from introducing new venues that meet the latest social distancing guidelines to introducing PPE requirements for staff and donor safety at session.

“Every single blood donation has the power to save up to three lives and there are plenty of upcoming donation fixtures that football fans can play a part in.”

Stephen Williams, Chairman of the National Leagues Board, said: “The Welsh Blood Service is our first community partner for the JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League and we’re delighted to have made such an important signing. In each and every community across Wales there are people whose lives have been supported by blood donation and we’re calling on football fans to get involved and be lifesaving champions. 

“We know football clubs across all levels of the game are often at the heart of their communities and during what continues to be a difficult time for all, we are grateful to provide clubs and fans an opportunity to play an important role for their club when many clubs aren’t currently playing.”

With around 1,600 donation sessions at 400 different venues across Wales every year, there are plenty of opportunities for fans to find their nearest session and make a difference. Anyone aged between 17 and 66 can enrol online and become a donor. From start to finish, the process of donating takes just less than one hour, with the actual blood donation lasting only five to ten minutes.

The Welsh Blood Service has introduced a new function on its website which will allow fans from clubs across Wales to click on their club’s emblem and view a list of upcoming donation centres local to them. To learn more about those sessions or donating blood, visit wbs.wales/football and enter your postcode to find all donation sessions in your area.

Barry Town United launch ‘Share a smile this Christmas’ campaign

In the midst of the pandemic, 2020 has been a difficult year for so many communities and families. Our first team squad and staff want to give something back to our local community, and working with the club’s other teams, they are excited to launch our “Share a smile this Christmas” campaign.

Our campaign will see us raise money to make Christmas extra special for those families who need it most. Every penny of the money raised will be used to purchase high quality toys which will be donated to The Vale Of Glamorgan Council’s social services department.

How are we going to do this?

The first team squad will be donating a percentage of their wage while carrying out other activities such as auctions and raffles. The ladies team will be running fancy dress training sessions. The academy and grassroots sections will be running their own training based challenges.

How can supporters help?

We have an ambitious fundraising target which we know supporters will want to help us hit. You can contribute via our Go Fund Me Page or by popping into the clubhouse. Supporters can donate as much or as little as they can. Every little helps to make a magical Christmas possible for those who need it the most. You have until December 12 to donate.

First team manager Gavin Chesterfield commented:

“I am really proud of the lads as I am of all at the club for getting on board with this fantastic campaign. It has been a rotten year and it feels like this Christmas more than ever is one to cherish with our loved ones. I hope those of us more fortunate will contribute to help those not so have a Christmas to remember. Thank you to Mark, Emily and Mike Barrett for their guidance, contributions and support for the campaign and to all at The Vale of Glamorgan Council.”

We will be sharing lots of updates and photos of our fundraising activities over the coming weeks.

Please help us share a smile this Christmas.

Cymru Leagues receives vital National Lottery funding as part of unique partnership

Barry Town United would like to say a huge thank you to the National Lottery following confirmation that a financial support package has been agreed for all Cymru Leagues clubs.

A statement from the Football Association of Wales read:

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is pleased to announce that all 44 Cymru Leagues clubs are set to receive financial support as part of a unique partnership with The National Lottery.

The financial package – established by the FAW and The National Lottery and facilitated by the UK Government – will see clubs in the JD Cymru Premier, JD Cymru North and the JD Cymru South receive funding while matches continue to be played behind closed doors, owing to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Football clubs and training facilities across the Cymru Leagues are often at the heart of their communities. They act as central hubs that give further opportunities for children and adults to be active, while bringing a source of pride to their towns. This funding stream recognises the essential role that Cymru Leagues clubs play beyond matchday.

National Lottery players, who make a difference every time they buy a lottery ticket, will also get a range of benefits as a thank you for their support – including free tickets to football matches, once stadia are safe to reopen, and VIP experiences with the Cymru National Team.

The funds, which will be distributed via the FAW, will play a key role in ensuring that the clubs can continue to exist, and, where possible, operate during these difficult times.

Jonathan Ford, CEO of the Football Association of Wales:

“At the FAW, we are incredibly grateful for our unique partnership with The National Lottery and the funding stream which has been provided for our clubs across the Cymru Leagues, while matches continue to be played behind closed doors.”

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said:

“Clubs in the Cymru Leagues play a huge role in their local communities and, like many others, they have been struggling in the current climate. I’m delighted that the UK Government could help bring The National Lottery and the football authorities together to deliver for these clubs and for grassroots football in Wales. From Prestatyn to Taffs Well, this funding package will help enable clubs to keep going until fans can safely return.”

Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot, said:

“The National Lottery and its players have been making a massive difference to communities across the UK for the past 26 years, so we’re thrilled to be able to partner with the Football Association of Wales to provide vital funding for these incredibly important clubs in the Cymru Leagues. As a huge football fan myself, I know what this will mean to fans of these community clubs, and I’m sure they’ll be pleased to hear that their clubs are getting the support they need.”

The partnership follows a similar National Lottery initiative between the FA and National League in England, which was facilitated by the UK government.  Work continues on partnerships with the Scottish and Northern Ireland FAs.

Clubhouse shut today (Friday 20 November)

Unfortunately we have received notification that a customer who attended the club for a short period on Monday and Tuesday evening has tested positive for COVID-19.

Our customer had no symptoms but tested positive on Wednesday evening. We send them our very best wishes.

As a precautionary measure and to ensure the safety of our employees, supporters and customers, unfortunately our clubhouse will be closed today, Friday 20 November. This will allow us to carry out a full deep clean.

Our thorough Track and Trace procedures will enable us, with the support of Public Health Wales, to identify those who came into direct contact with the individual and they will be contacted via Track and Trace to undergo isolation.

We will be open from midday on Saturday 21 November and look forward to seeing you.