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Bow Street celebrate successful season

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AN excellent gathering of players, wives, girlfriends and officials attended the annual Bow Street Football Club dinner at the Hafod Arms in Devils Bridge on June 8, to celebrate a very successful season, which saw the first team win the Spar Mid Wales League Cup and the Reserves both the Cambrian Tyres League Championship and the Len & Julia Newman Cup.

All enjoyed a magnificent three course meal, and the Chairman, Wyn Lewis, thanked the Hafod’s owners, Dewi and Nicole Gwynne for the superb welcome and warm hospitality.

The Chairman thanked all at the club who had contributed during the season both on and off the field. He was particularly proud of all the support that the teams had received during the season.

He then announced the first award of the evening – ‘Clubman Of The Year’. This proved an extremely popular announcement as it was awarded to Ann Williams, who not only has hardly missed a game in the last couple of seasons, but also carries out other vital tasks in the background such as team sheet completion and kit washing.

Steffan Richards, the Under 19 Manager then introduced the awards for a team which was restarted last season following a two-year absence. It had been a promising season with high hopes for the coming campaign.

The Reserve team were then congratulated on an historically excellent season in which they finished as Champions for the first time ever, as well as winning one cup and losing in another final. The popular management duo of Rhodri Jones and Leighton Reynolds introduced the awards in relation to the reserve team.

Barry Williams, Richard Lucas and Dylan James, the First team management, announced the awards relating to the senior team. It was an historic season for the first team as they won the League Cup for the first time after losing four finals in the last ten years.

The final award of the evening was the Pat Evans Memorial Award, which was given to the ‘Supporters’ Player Of The Year’ – winner being Tomos Evans.

The evening, as always, concluded to the delight of all present, with an inspirational and thought-provoking speech by the club’s Life President, Lord Elystan Morgan. He congratulated the club on its unprecedented success on the field, and also for its immense contribution to the community, stating that it was very much appreciated.

Awards 2018:

Club Person Of The Year: Ann Williams

Bow Street FC Firsts Players player of the year: Tomos Evans

Bow Street FC Supporters player of the year: Tomos Evans

Bow Street FC Firsts Top Goalscorer: Tomos Evans & Mark Gornall

Bow Street FC Firsts Manager’s player of the year: Garmon Nutting

Bow Street FC Young player of the year: Tomos Evans

Bow Street FC Most improved young player: Rhys Evans

Bow Street Reserves Managers Player of the Year: Osian Rees Jones

Bow Street Res FC Player of the year: Stephen Harrison

Bow Street Res FC Top goalscorer: Shaun Jones

Bow Street Under 19 Managers Player of the Year: Gethin Williams

Bow Street Under 19 Players Player of the year: Dion Davies

Bow Street Under 19 Top goalscorer: Ben Davies

 

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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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.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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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.

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Exercise Referral Scheme doing more for health intervention than ever before

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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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