RENEWED efforts to re-establish a football club in the Rhiwbechan area are underway.

Malcolm Phillips, a former official of Bettws Football Club, is hoping to arrange a football match at the now defunct club's Tregynon Road ground in the hope it could lead to the club reforming next season.

Bettws Football Club folded in 2016 having risen through the pyramid to division two of the Mid Wales League.

However the loss of players led to the club calling it a day with the village since left without a senior football club.

The village was also once home to a women's side which competed in the now defunct North Powys Ladies League before the club folded in 2005.

Phillips is keen for the club to reform and once again offer sporting opportunities to men and women in Bettws and nearby Tregynon.

"I think it would be great for both villages," said Phillips. "The pitch is still available and currently being used by Berriew Football Club for junior matches.

"I can referee the game and it would be great if we could arrange a match for men, women or mixed teams.

"Perhaps the match could be used to raise money for charity."

Phillips has asked anyone who is keen in helping promote and arrange the charity match to get in touch.

"When Bettws Football Club folded it left a hole in the community, the club had been part of village life for so long and it has not been the same without a football club in the area.

"Hopefully if we can arrange a charity match this summer then it may engage the community once again and we can look to reform the football club in the future."