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Best places in Ceredigion for watching Scarlets

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Missed out on tickets for the last three Scarlets Guinness PRO14 matches against Edinburgh Rugby, Zebre Rugby Club and the Dragons? Not signed up to Premier Sports? Here’s the best venues in Ceredigion where you can cheer on the boys

  1. Aberystwyth RFC FACT CHECKED

Where: Plascrug, Aberystwyth, SY23 1HL

Offering fans the opportunity to watch the Scarlets battle it out on multiple screens, Aberystwyth club house is sure to be buzzing on game days. Enjoy a burger for £2.50 and a pint starting at £3.20, and soak up the atmosphere of the game with other die-hard rugby fans.

Aberystwyth club house is open 6:30-9:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and Saturday until 11:00pm and does not require membership to enter. Food is served on Saturday’s and until 8:00pm.

2. Harbourmaster Hotel and Pub

Where: 1 Quay Parade, Aberaeron, SA46 0BT

Photograph courtesy of The Harbourmaster

Serving local produce with the likes of Cardigan Bay crab and Welsh beef and lamb, the harbour-side bar with funky décor is a fabulous location for Scarlets fans to watch the game on Saturday against the Blues.

With lunch served from 12:00pm-2:30pm and dinner from 6:00pm-9:00pm every day, the establishment also has a killer cocktail list with locally-made spirits. Guests of all ages welcome

3. Lampeter Town RFC FACT CHECKED

Where: Memorial Playing Fields on North Road, Lampeter, SA48 7JA

Get your game on at Lampeter Town RFC club house and enjoy the buzz alongside other Scarlets fans. The club is open on Friday evening, all-day Saturday and Sunday afternoon and welcomes all.

Support the lads at this much-loved watering hole with pints of bitter and draught cider under £3.30 and coffee for just £1.00. No food served on match days at the moment but this will change shortly.

4. The White Horse

Where: Upper Portland Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DT

The White Horse is a hustling and bustling pub in the heart of Aberystwyth and is one of the most popular places amongst rugby fans for watching games. With multiple plasma screens, a fully stocked bar and friendly staff, this venue is the perfect place to meet Scarlets fans alike to cheer on the boys. They also have a function area where large groups are welcome. Scarlets fan party anyone?

Open from 10:00am – 11:00pm every day with extended hours until midnight on Saturday, The White Horse is the place be for Scarlets fans!

5. Cwmanne Tavern

Where: Cwmann SA48 8DR

Open every day from 11:00am-11:30am, Cwmanne Tavern is a local haunt, with a mixture of menu items including Welsh lamb kebabs, steak and chips and potato cakes stuffed with wild garlic pesto to indulge when watching the Scarlets game.

Joining Scarlets alike, Cwmanne Tavern is a great place to enjoy the match with everyone of all ages. The venue is also home to a medley of vegan items too!

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Success for Ceredigion school rugby teams at Principality Stadium

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RECENTLY some Ceredigion school rugby teams have been competing at a national level at the Road to Principality event held at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

There was a great celebration at Ysgol Bro Teifi on Monday, 25 April following the success of their under-14 girls’ rugby team at a. Following victories in a series of games at regional and national level in recent months, the team had the opportunity to play in the national final at the Principality Stadium against Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Denbighshire.

In front of a crowd of some 150 fans who had travelled to Cardiff to see the game, Bro Teifi managed to win 34 points to 19 in a competitive and fast game. 

Acting Headteacher, Mr Gareth Evans, “At the start of a new term, it was great to be able to celebrate the success of the girls on the rugby field following a run of games where the team was seen subduing Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Plas Mawr, Bishopston and the Rhymney Valley among others. I would like to congratulate the girls on their huge success and thank the training team of Llyr James, Gemma Potter and Stephanie Gough for their work.”

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Omicron: Sporting events to be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day

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SPORTING events in Wales will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day in a bid to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

The Welsh government said the new measures apply to both indoor and outdoor sporting events, with economy minister Vaughan Gething confirming a £3m “Spectator Sports Fund” will support clubs and venues affected.
The decision comes after a number of postponements affecting Welsh sides in the Football League.

Cardiff City have called off their Boxing Day match against Coventry City due to several Covid cases among their players and staff, while Newport County will no longer face League Two leaders Forest Green.

In the United Rugby Championship, Cardiff Blues are scheduled to play Scarlets at Cardiff Arms Park on Boxing Day, although Ospreys vs Dragons at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea has been called off due to Covid.
“Sporting events over the Christmas period are one of the big highlights of the year,” Gething said.
“Unfortunately, the new Omicron variant is a significant development in the pandemic and could cause a large number of infections.
“We need to do everything we can to protect people’s health and control the spread of this awful virus.
“Throughout the pandemic we have followed scientific and public health advice to keep people safe. The advice is clear – we need to act now in response to the threat of omicron. We are giving people as much notice of these decisions as we can.
“Crowds will come back as soon as possible. We want everyone to be here to enjoy their favourite sports.”

Latest figures show Omicron cases are rising in all parts of Wales, while the overall rate of coronavirus infections is at just under 550 cases per 100,000 people.

Cardiff City have called off their Boxing Day match against Coventry City due to several Covid cases among their players and staff; Ospreys vs Dragons also off in United Rugby Championship; Welsh economy minister says clubs and venues would be supported through a £3m fund.

An EFL spokesperson said: “The EFL notes the disappointing news that fans of Welsh clubs competing in the EFL will be unable to watch their team play live at home over the festive period, but we appreciate there are many factors influencing each administration’s decision.
“Looking forward, the League will continue to work with our broadcast partners and other relevant stakeholders throughout this difficult period as we consider how we can appropriately support our Welsh clubs and their supporters so they can watch their team while matches are played behind closed doors.
“In addition, we will engage with the authorities in Wales to determine what type and or level of financial support they can provide our clubs in Wales whilst they are unable to welcome supporters through the turnstiles.”

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Have your say on how Ceredigion becomes a more physically active county

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A CONSULTATION is currently underway on how Ceredigion is becoming a more physically active County. 

There is a plan to follow the “Sport & Recreational Activity Strategy 2014-2020” which is being developed, with an opportunity for Ceredigion residents to have their say.

Your feedback will be essential in supporting Ceredigion County Council’s production of a new development plan and in helping determine its priorities from 2022 to 2027. This will ensure that Ceredigion residents have access to quality opportunities to become more active, benefiting their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The new plan will identify how becoming a more active county can contribute to the Council’s Corporate Strategies and the Local Wellbeing Plan.

To ensure that the plan meets the needs of all its residents, the Council would like as many people and organisations as possible to complete the survey. Residents have until 17 October to complete the survey: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/physical-activity-development-plan/

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Porth Gofal, Early Intervention, Wellbeing Hubs and Culture said: “The physical and mental health and well-being of Ceredigion’s residents is very important. This is a chance for residents to have their say on how they want to receive sport and physical activities for the years to come. We recognise the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on sport and physical activity in the county and this is an opportunity to let us know how we can build back stronger.”

For further information or if you would like the survey in an alternative format, contact our Customer Services Contact Centre on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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