Women’s football festival coming to Newtown

Reporter:

Gavin Grosvenor

THE Central Wales Football Association (CWFA) will look to revive the women’s game this summer.

Central Wales is the only region in Wales without a senior women’s league after the North Powys Women’s League disbanded due to a shortage of clubs last season.

However CWFA officials hope a 30 per cent increase in girls football participation across Wales since last summer will lead to a revival in senior women’s football.

The association has been pro-active in addressing the stark decline of the women’s game by supporting the calls to reduce the senior minimum age to 15.

It is hoped the reduction will lead to more girls making the step into senior football.

Presently Llanfair United are the only active senior club in the county having switched to the North Wales Women’s League two years ago.

Newtown and Welshpool Town were left without a league last season after the North Powys Women’s League suffered many years of gradual decline.

However in recent years thriving junior girls set ups have been established at Berriew and Llandrindod Wells.

Meanwhile the success of Llanfair Caereinion and Welshpool teams in the Welsh Schools Cup have also highlighted the emergence of a new generation, led by Llanfair’s Carrie Jones who represented Wales under 15s this year.

On Sunday, July 16 the CWFA hosts a a seven a side women's football tournament at Newtown Football Club’s Latham Park with the aim of drumming up further interest.

The event starts at 12.30 and it is hoped sides will be entered by the region's leading clubs with all entries to be submitted to organiser Naomi Hardman on 07860 808500 or e-mail naomihardman92@live.co.uk

Meanwhile Berriew Football Club have begun work on launching a senior women’s side next season.

Club coach Paul Inns said: “I am very keen to try and get a side up and running for next season with the emphasis on fun and fitness.”

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