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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Striker Gary Madine is the latest player to leave Cardiff City. Gateshead-born Madine, a 29-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United player agreed to end his contract by mutual consent 27 appearance over the last two years, nine off those this season. The 6ft 3ins Madine, who failed to score for City, ... Read More
Swansea City 1, Cardiff City 0 Neil Warnock left Swansea a beaten man. It was the first time in seven visits he had suffered that experience. The Bluebirds manager had a good record in West Wales with one win and five draws in six visits, but he was left down and out... Read More
Welshman Ben Swallow, a former Cardiff City trainee, has rejoined Merthyr Town and is set to play in their opening pre-season fixture against Swansea City on Saturday. The match against young Swans will be played at Merthyr’s MetCoaches Stadium (3pm) Left-winger Swallow, aged 29, spent seven years in the Bluebirds Academy, while... Read More
The Swans and the Bluebirds meet for the first time in five years in the opening Welsh derby of the Championship season at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, October 26. The return fixture in Cardiff is set for Saturday, January 11 though either could be moved for television purposes. New manager Steve... Read More
Merthyr Town are still clinging to an outside chance of earning a play-off spot as they prepare to entertain the Swans at the MetCoaches Community Stadium on Saturday (3pm). They are 11 points behind fifth-placed Poole Town with a game in hand and are at home to EvoStik Southern League Premier... Read More
Merthyr Town head to Buckinghamshire this afternoon still planning a big finish to their EvoStik Southern League season. The Martyrs take on Beaconsfield Town, who won the Southern League Division One East title and promotion last season, on Tuesday at their Holloways Park ground. Manager Gavin Williams and his team are adrift... Read More