TWO Montgomeryshire football clubs have been successful in applications to join the FAW McDonalds Fun Football Charter Scheme.

Berriew Football and Newtown White Stars Football Club were both accepted this week.

Berriew head Coach, Paul Inns, said: ‘This is recognition of the efforts from a number of our coaching staff to provide fun based football sessions for pre reception and reception aged boys and girls.

"Currently, fun football sessions take place every Friday 5-6pm on the main pitch in Berriew. Players pay a training fee of £2 per session attended. There is a requirement to register in advance – and a registration form can be obtained from me by email at

"Once registered, players are not committed to attending each week – but simply when they wish to do so. The sessions are a lot of fun, and already well attended, with 10-15 players coming along each week.

In addition, Berriew FC Juniors have also been awarded an FAW Recruitment Day.

Inns said: "Although we are one of the largest junior clubs in mid Wales, and fast approaching 250 players in our junior section, and nearly 40 coaches, we are fortunate in that we do have capacity to enable more players to join us and experience football in a fun and safe environment.

"We run junior teams in every age group from U6 up to U16, for boys and girls, and our mantra is that we are a fun, friendly and all inclusive club.

Newtown White Stars Under 14s. Picture: Newtown White Stars FC.

Newtown White Stars Under 14s. Picture: Newtown White Stars FC.

"We are hosting a recruitment day on Friday, July 2 when youngsters – both boys and girls – who’d like to get involved in football – and potential new adult volunteers – can come along for a chat and to see how we operate.

"I’ll be on hand to have a chat and answer any questions anyone may have. If the youngsters come along in their football kit, we’ll be able to let them taste a free training session also. We do have specific time slots depending on age, and if anyone would like further information, they are welcome to email me.’

The club, which has attained the highest level of FAW accreditation for a number of years, and are already an FAW Huddle Club, promoting and encouraging girls participation in football, are also keen to offer the opportunity to play football to even more people from next season:

"We want to be at the heart of the community," said Inns. "We are a successful club with great facilities, that we have worked hard to achieve.

"In addition to the junior section, Berriew FC also has youth team, a reserve team, a senior team – and hosts regular ladies training with a view to forming a team in the near future.

One of Berriews junior teams.

One of Berriew's junior teams.

" Next season, I will be starting walking football for the over 50’s. Further details will follow in due course, but if anyone would like to get on the mailing list in readiness, please email me.

"In addition, my mind is also turning to what football we can offer to the 35-50 year group. I’m sure there are many players who may not be capable of first team football within that age bracket, who don’t want to hang up their boots just yet.

"If we can offer football to boys, girls, men and women from three years old up to 83 years old, or older, then that would be some achievement for a small village in the heart of mid Wales. For more details on junior football, walking football, volunteering or ladies football, please contact me."