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Bow Street Junior Tournament success

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THE highly acclaimed Bow Street Football Club Junior tournament celebrated its seventeenth year of existence in style on the weekend of July 14-15.

An excellent level of entries were again attracted this year, and large crowds came to enjoy the two day festival, now widely recognised as one of the foremost events of its kind in Wales.

Bow Street chairman Wyn Lewis said: “It was another absolutely brilliant weekend. We were blessed with sunshine on both days, and as a club, we are very proud to be the hosts of such a phenomenal event, and I want to thank all who contributed to the success of the tournament.

“I particularly want to thank the army of volunteers from Bow Street FC who worked extremely hard as a team to ensure that the whole event proceeded in an organised and efficient manner. It is believed that there was over 1500 in attendance on the Saturday and we also thank all our visitors for supporting us again this year.

Llambed U6: Winners

“I would also like to thank our tournament sponsors, Subway Aberystwyth for their support and commitment over the past five years. This is their final year of sponsorship, and we cannot thank them enough. They have been magnificent partners for Bow Street FC.”

Main organiser, Amlyn Evans added: “It is an absolute pleasure to organise such an enjoyable event. Every year, the greatest pleasure is seeing the enjoyment on the faces of all the competitors and spectators.

“The effort put in by club officials to ensure the smooth running of the whole event is incredible. From our club’s point of view, it is great that the players get the invaluable opportunity to test their skills against a large variety of teams.”

There were teams participating from as far afield as Pontyclun and Pwllheli and for the fifth consecutive year, an all-girls competition took place on the Sunday.

Lampeter: U8 Winners

Under 6

Winners – Llambed

Runners Up – Llanilar

Under 8

Winners –Lampeter

Runners Up – Builth

Under 10

Winners – Pontyclun

Runners Up – Pwllheli

Ystwyth Sharks: U11 Winners

Under 11

Winners – Ystwyth Sharks

Runners Up – Berriw

Under 12

Winners – Berriw

Runners Up – Pwllheli

Under 14

Winners – Rhayader

Runners Up – Bow Street

Bow Street Girls: U14 Winners

Under 16

Winners – Penrhyncoch

Runners Up – Talybont

Girls Under 14

Winners – Bow Street

Runners Up – Bow Street B

Girls Under 12

Winners – Ffostrasol

Runners Up – Cardigan

Ffostrasol Girls: Under 12 Winners

Mark Horwood Memorial Award (Trophy for best local player of the day)

Saturday – Ciaran Evans (Ystwyth Sharks)

Sunday – Owain Evans (Padarn)

Overall Player Of The Day

Saturday – Evan Lewis (Berriw)

Sunday – Rhys Tilsley (Berriw)

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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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