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Premier League Clubs Want 30% Wage Cuts For Players

Premier League clubs will consult with players over wage reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of salary as they grapple with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The worsening of the Covid-19 outbreak has led the English professional game to acknowledge that football will not return at the start of May. No restart date has been fixed – instead it will be kept under constant review. The suspension has created financial issues for clubs throughout the football pyramid, with non-playing staff at a variety of clubs having been placed on furlough leave under the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme.

Ospreys' Training Base Given Over As Another Field Hospital

The Ospreys’ training base at Llandarcy Academy of Sport is to be transformed into a field hospital in a bid to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Work has already started at Llandarcy - which is part of the Neath Port Talbot College Group of Colleges - and will be completed in the next three to four weeks. The beds would be used for COVID-19 patients and other patients who need medical care, but they will be nursed in separate areas.

Cardiff And Swansea Players Waiting For Wage Cut Deal

Players at Cardiff City and Swansea City are among all those in the Premier League and Championship awaiting the outcome of talks over wage cuts. Both Welsh clubs have announced some of their senior staff and managers are having their pay reduced as a result of the coronavirus crisis. They have also joined some other clubs in claiming they will use taxpayers’ money by taking advantage of the government’s furlough scheme.

£400,000 Emergency Funding For Community Sport In Wales

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales today. Welsh Government has confirmed they are making £200,000 available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. This is being match-funded with £200,000 from Sport Wales.

Donna's Dedication Deserves Wales Golf Volunteer Of The Year Award

Donna Grimwood started helping out at South Pembrokeshire Golf Club to support her club captain husband, a journey which has taken her to the Wales Golf Volunteer of the Year Award. Amongst other things she initiated and drove a New2Golf scheme which saw 39 adults taking part along with 20 juniors, with many going on to become full members of the club taking part in regular competitions. Donna has even taken up golf herself for the first time, as part of the scheme she runs along with Haverfordwest PGA golf professional Sam Barton.

The Greatest Seventh Month Rugby Tour That Began 70 Years Ago This Week

This week, exactly 70 years ago, 13 Welshmen met up in London. They had packed some clothes and their boots in suitcases, said goodbye to their families, and now they were to sail to New Zealand to play rugby. They would be back in October. Rob Cole salutes the epic journey of the 1950 British and Irish Lions. It will take the 2021 British & Irish Lions 11 hours to fly from London to Johannesburg when they embark on their next tour to South Africa. They will stay for five weeks and play eight matches, including three Tests against the current Rugby World Cup holders.

Ffion, 9, Gets On Her Bike To Go The Extra Mile For NHS Volunteers

A nine-year-old schoolgirl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy is determined to raise money for NHS charities through an epic cycle ride. Ffion Davies from Johnstown, Carmarthen is aiming to cycle further than she has ever gone before on her specially adapted bike.

Jayne Ludlow's Wales Bid Put On Hold As Finals Are Shifted

Jayne Ludlow’s Wales team are going to have to wait another year if they are to appear at their first major football tournament finals. The Wales manager has guided her team to within sight of qualification for the Euro 2021 competition, but those finals have now been put back until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Strangely, the announcement did not come from governing body UEFA, but from the Danish Football Association (DBU) on Wednesday night.

Geoff Perrett Beats Every Other 70-Year-Old - Plus Cancer - To Become Champion Of Wales

Wales squash champion Geoff Perrett is the pride of Porthcawl - at the age of 70. Remarkably, Perrett lifted the national over-70s title trophy after being ruled out for more than a year because of a serious illness that required surgery. There were 12 entries in the recent Welsh men’s over-70 event and third seed Perrett lifted the trophy after three wins including a 15-9, 15-0, 13-15, 17-16 triumph against second seed Leighton Jenkins.

Cardiff Met's Callum Mackenzie Hopes Tokyo Cloud Has A Golden Lining

Cardiff Met’s Scottish hockey international Callum Mackenzie believes postponing the Olympic Games by 12 months has improved his chances of going to Tokyo. The student - who represents Cardiff and Met Hockey Club as well as Scotland and GB U21s - admits having no hockey to play for the time being has come as a bit of a shock. But with the Olympics being shelved until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mackenzie feels he has another year see if he can break into the Great Britain squad and achieve the dream of representing his nation at the Games.

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American Football suspended with Welsh university side left in limbo

All British American Football activity has been suspended - just 48 hours before one Welsh university side was due to compete in a semi-final. The Cardiff University Cobras team had reached the Division One South Final of the BUCS university league and were due to face long time rivals from... Read More

Valkyries Aim to Take Flight at Their Own Women's Gridiron Tournament

Cardiff will host three American Football games crammed into almost as many hours when Wales’ only women’s gridiron team stages its second ever tournament. The Cardiff Valkyries host the Cheshire Bears and Leicester Falcons in the final regional tournament of the season at the Cardiff International Sports Campus in Leckwith on Saturday, February 29. ... Read More

Warriors And Valkyries Looking Westward On Super Bowl Sunday

As the USA gets ready to plug itself in to the Super Bowl on Sunday, when the Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers, there will be at least two clubs in Wales with more than passing interest as Twm Owen reports. America’s biggest sporting event is said to... Read More

From Canada to Cardiff: a gridiron journey

Gridiron’s CFL is holding a recruitment event to find British players who could cut it as professionals in Canada,  Twm Owen looks back 30 years when the Cardiff Mets turned to the north for American Football talent This weekend 19 British American Footballers will fight for the chance to earn a professional contract... Read More

New Year Challenge for Welsh American Footballers

The early weekends of a new year see Superbowl contenders eliminated and gridiron championships decided in America and January also signals the start of business for Britain’s American Football teams. That includes Wales’ only representatives in the British American Football Association National Leagues, the South Wales Warriors, who were last... Read More

Wales' Only Female Gridiron Team Take On Conventions

A women's American Football team's recruitment drive is about challenging perceptions, head coach Simon Browning tells Twm Owen The Cardiff Valkyries are on mission not only to recruit new players but challenge perceptions about the place of women in sport.  As the only women’s American Football team in Wales its players and... Read More
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