THE Football Association of Wales has today (Feb 28) announced the Wales C International Squad to face England C in a friendly match at Jenner Park in Barry on Tuesday, March 20.
Manager Mark Jones has selected a squad of 18 players from the JD Welsh Premier League, plus two players that will train with the squad in the camp before the game.
Aberystwyth Town’s John Owen is one of the attacking players that Jones will have at his disposal having impressed with recent performances.
Reigning Champions The New Saints are represented by Aeron Edwards and Connell Rawlinson. Rawlinson has been with the Saints since 2010, and has won fifteen trophies in that time period, including six Welsh Premier League titles. Team-mate Edwards has one more, having been at the heart of the Saints’ midfield since 2009.
There’s plenty representation from sides in the top half of this season’s table. Bangor City’s Danny Gosset has stood out in his second season at the club with his composed performances in midfield. Joining Gosset is teammate Guto Williams, called up as one of the two players to train with the squad in camp alongside Prestatyn Town’s Noah Edwards.
Noah won’t be the only member of his family in the squad, as brother Kai has also been selected from Connah’s Quay Nomads, alongside defensive partner Mike Pearson and midfielder Jay Owen.
Cefn Druids defender Naim Arsan is no stranger to wearing the red of Wales, having represented his country in Futsal, and has impressed in a Druids side that defied many pundits predictions to finish in the top six as the league split in January.
Bala Town and Cardiff Met will each be represented by two players. For Bala, stalwarts Ashley Morris and Chris Venables have over 500 WPL appearances between them and were both part of last year’s Welsh Cup winning side.
Met duo Adam Roscrow and Eliot Evans have 21 goals between them this season and won the League’s Player of the Month for August and October respectively.
Arsan’s Futsal team-mate, Chris Hugh, is one of four Barry Town United players in with a chance of representing their country at their home ground.
Striker Kayne McLaggon has been terrorising defenders since moving to Barry in the summer, and he joins goalkeeper Mike Lewis and midfielder Jordan Cotterill in the squad.
Newtown defender T. Craig Williams is a veteran of the league, having made over 300 appearancesfor his hometown club, and offers versatility across the back line.
Finishing the squad, and the attacking options at Jones’ disposal, is Llandudno’s Toby Jones, who has also impressed with recent performances.
Tickets for the game are available on www.faw.cymru/tickets and from the clubhouse at Jenner Park. The game will also be streamed online by S4C on the Sgorio Facebook page and on the S4C website.
Wales v Scotland postponed
WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.
The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.
A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.
“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.
“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.
“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.
The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.
The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.
Exercise Referral Scheme doing more for health intervention than ever before
A record 35,069 participants attended Exercise Referral classes during 2640 hours of health classes in 2019.
The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is an evidence-based health intervention scheme which incorporates physical activity and behavioural change techniques to support referred clients to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.
NERS Ceredigion has seen a dramatic increase in demand over the past year. A coordinator and four full time exercise professionals work to deliver the scheme, delivering 73 classes per week. The age of participants range from 16 years old, with the eldest participant in Ceredigion being 95.
Exercise class options include Gym, Circuit, Postural Stability (seated), Spin Bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Tai Chi and Pilates. Venues include council and community centres in Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Lampeter, Tregaron, Cardigan and Llandysul.
Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure, highlighted the benefits of the scheme, “There are many physical, psychological and social benefits to being part of the scheme, including confidence-building, better self-esteem, meeting new people and being generally fitter and healthier. Ceredigion Actif’s highly qualified Health Intervention Team provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.”
NERS Ceredigion targets people with a medical condition through various pathways including generic, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary, PSI falls, stroke rehabilitation, mental health, cancer and weight management. The 16 week tailored programme of exercise is delivered by a team of specialist Level 4 qualified exercise professionals who guide referred participants towards realising their individual goals.
A participant in Aberystwyth said, “This has been the best thing I have ever done. I have thrived from doing different activities and pushing myself out of my comfort zone which has not only helped my self-esteem but also my depression and everything else including my pain. I have also made new friends which I didn’t even consider would happen and we’re not only being social but we’re having fun too which is a bonus”.
There is ongoing monitoring from the instructors with follow up assessments at 16 weeks as well as on completion at 52 weeks. Long-term ‘maintenance’ options are available post 16 weeks which include the continuation of exercise classes as well as opportunities to join clubs such as walking basketball, walking football, golf sessions and walking rugby.
During 2018-2019 there were 913 referrals to the scheme. To gain access to the scheme, a person needs to be referred by a Health Professional, usually a GP, Practice Nurse or a condition specific Physiotherapist.
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