On Monday 19 October, the Welsh Government announced that Wales would go into a ‘firebreak’ lockdown, commencing at 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November.
The conditions of the lockdown state that:
Sportspeople who work and earn a living through sport are allowed to continue working, and like everyone else they can leave home to do so if they cannot work from home.
Fixtures involving professional sportspeople are allowed to continue behind closed doors. All participants, such as players, officials, coaches, and broadcasters, are there in a working capacity.
Meanwhile, the ‘elite programme’ – that had allowed the 2020-21 JD Cymru Premier season to start behind closed doors and with strict protocols – has been suspended.
Following this announcement, we, along with all other JD Cymru Premier clubs, were asked by the FAW if we would be able to continue playing with only professional players and staff.
We want to, and are ready to, continue playing with 21 professionally registered players. However it was our opinion that we should only continue to play football if the whole league was able to do so. As a result, our fixtures during the lockdown period will be postponed.
Our reasons for taking this stance are as follows:
- We believe the decision should be one that is in the best interest of the whole JD Cymru Premier. 50% of the clubs in the league would be unable to continue playing as they do not have enough professional players registered.
- It is our opinion that either the whole league should have its elite status reinstated and we all play, or no team in the league should continue to play.
- Whilst we currently find ourselves in a financially stable position, many of the clubs in our league do not. This break gives those a much needed financial rest.
- A stop in all domestic football activity in Wales will help the infection rate to slow and hopefully allow all tiers of football to begin and fans to return to our grounds as soon as it is safe to do so.
- The return to play protocols we have been guided by since the start of the 2020-21 season require an army of volunteers in roles such as administration, compliance, stewarding, ball retrieving and temperature checking. These individuals would not be permitted entry to our games as they are volunteers. We take our responsibilities as a club extremely seriously and do not feel we could safely run a match day without these individuals who are the lifeblood of our football club.
We thank supporters for their understanding during these challenging times. We hope to be back on the football pitch very soon and have you there with us.