The Football Association of Wales has taken the decision to extend the current suspension of all domestic football in Wales until at least Thursday, 30 April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FAW is committed to exploring every possible option for all National Leagues to conclude the 2019/20 season by ensuring that matches are played as soon as it is safe to do so.
As a result, the FAW’s Board of Directors agreed today (20 March) to exercise their powers and indefinitely extend the 2019/20 season for all National Leagues, National Cup Competitions and the FAW Futsal League.
The current working documents for the National Leagues will be shared with the Area Associations in order to assist the planning for their own affiliated leagues in an attempt to find a solution for the resumption of football when it is safe to do so.
Meanwhile, the Welsh Government has announced a package of support for businesses, which can be found here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19-support-businesses. We encourage clubs to review this information.
Above all, the most important priority for the FAW is the health and wellbeing of everyone. The FAW encourages everyone to follow the advice of the UK & Welsh Governments and Public Health Wales. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the pandemic.
At a very difficult time Aberystwyth Town Football Club is pleased to pass on the following message from Club Chaplain Jon Butler:
"Dear all connected with Aberystwyth Town FC,
I am writing to you to let you know that you are not alone, nor are you forgotten. I know this current situation can cause feelings of worry, fear and anxiety, I want to do all I can to help you deal with those feelings and to ensure practical support is available to those needing it.
Over the last few days we have seen unprecedented change in what we were used to and enjoyed as ordinary, everyday life.
Many of you may have already taken steps toward social distancing and/or self-isolation. Whether this is on medical grounds, following advice from the UK Government or otherwise, please know you are still a valued member and very much part of our community.
In my previous job as a Police Officer we had a system dubbed the 'welfare check' for colleagues. In its simplest form when an officer was attending an incident and they had not been heard from on the Police radio for a time, a colleague would request through the Control Room for a 'welfare check' to be completed. This 'welfare check' request was transmitted over the Police Radio to obtain a response from the officer in attendance, but also an encouragement to the officer that they had the support and backing of colleagues if necessary. It was broadcast for all to hear, ready to listen to the response and if necessary send support. The attending officer in receipt of the 'welfare check' request was reminded then to share their status and know they were not alone.
When football, ordinary activities and gatherings are being suspended and paused, as your Chaplain I want to be available to complete a 'welfare check' with you. I want you to know that while you may not be able to gather with others from the club or to enjoy the everyday activities you are not alone.
If there is anything I can do to support or help, no matter how big or small, please do get in contact with me. If you are self-isolating and in need of practical assistance (eg shopping or deliveries), please let me know. I am here to serve you.
If you are feeling anxious or worried, I am ready to listen. I am praying for everyone connected with our club.
May God bless you with peace that exceeds understanding, and His peace protect your thoughts and feelings. Aber as one!"
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Aberystwyth Town FC received notification of the FAW's decision to suspend domestic football in Wales on Friday. We know as a matter of fact that no matches we be played in Wales until 4th April at the earliest.
As a Football Club we appreciate and fully support the guidance from the governing bodies. We are reviewing our activities and will be doing all we can to ensure that the Covid-19 virus is not transmitted via Park Avenue or Aberystwyth Town FC.
It is clear that we are facing a public health emergency. Unprecedented measures are being taken in public life and sports clubs must expect to face up and embrace these measures responsibly. Any short term frustrations in terms of loss of football matches must be outweighed by the larger public interest in safeguarding our health.
We urge all our supporters to look after and support their friends, families and other vulnerable people in their communities, and to act responsibly as we deal with an unprecedented situation.
The Board of Directors, Aberystwyth Town FC
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FAW Live COVID-19 Updates
Aberystwyth Town's JD Cymru League match at home to Carmarthen Town this evening has been postponed, along with Town's subsequent two matches in March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Football Association of Wales has taken the decision to suspend all domestic football until Saturday 4th April 2020. The situation will be continuously monitored, and any updates will be shared on the FAW’s website: www.faw.cymru
For further information regarding the pandemic – please follow the following link:
O ganlyniad i bandemig Covid-19 mae Cymdeithas Bēl-droed Cymru wedi penderfynu gohirio yr holl gemau domestig tan ddydd Sadwrn y 4ydd o Ebrill 2020. Bydd y sefyllfa’n cael ei hadolygu’n barhaol a bydd unrhyw newyddion a datblygiadau’n cael eu rhannu ar wefan y Gymdeithas: https://www.faw.cymru/cy/
Am unrhyw wybodaeth bellach am y pandemig – ewch i wefan Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru: https://icc.gig.cymru/
JD Cymru Premier
Friday 13th March (ko 7.45pm)
Aberystwyth Town v Carmarthen Town
Aber Town are raring to go and looking forward to another Fab Friday at Park Avenue in 48 hours, as Carmarthen Town visit Ceredigion for Matchday 27 of the JD Cymru Premier.
The Black and Greens are on a high this week. Last Friday they managed a good away point at Cefn Druids thanks to goals from Marc Williams and Mathew Jones. After a good training session on Tuesday, Jones, Alex Pennock and Assistant Manager Gavin Allen have been out and about coaching at St Padarns and Penrhyncoch Schools today, and the Club was also delighted to hear that both Connor Roberts and Lee Jenkins have been named in the Wales C Squad to face England at Caernarfon on Tuesday 24th March.
Town now look to top off a great week with a positive result against the Wizards. Roberts returns to the squad after a three match suspension, and the likes of Luke Boundford, Ilan Hughes, Marc Williams and Alhagie Touray will be looking to replicate their influential performances last week in front of their home fans.
Carmarthen started off Phase II with wins away to Penybont and home to Druids, but lost 3-1 at home to Airbus in a key match last week. Despite this Carmarthen have won at Park Avenue too often over the past few years for Aber to take this game lightly, and home fans will know all about onetime Black and Green players like Luke Bowen, Lee Surman and Declan Carroll who now represent the Orangemen from Richmond Park.
A win will take the Black and Greens to within five points of a UEFA European Play Off place in seventh, setting up an exciting final five matches of the regular season. Kick off at Park Avenue on Friday evening is at 7.45pm, with Wales International Footballers on show for just £7 for Adults, £4 Concessions and £1 for kids. Consider yourself invited!
Aberystwyth Town FC received a huge boost this afternoon with the news that First Team Goalkeeper Connor Roberts, plus Centre Back Lee Jenkins, have been selected for the Wales 'C' Squad to face England at Caernarfon Town on Tuesday 24th March, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Connor has been a stand our performer for the Black and Greens since joining the Club on loan from TNS in August, and has received a number of nominations for Sgorio's Team of the Week during this period.
Lee's performances have been equally solid at Centre Back, and Aberaeron's best has cemented his place in the First Team, fully establishing himself as a first choice in only his second season in the JD Cymru Premier.
Black and Green fans have a chance to congratulate Connor and Lee in person on Friday night when Carmarthen Town visit Park Avenue for a 7.45pm kick off.
Well done Connor and Lee - you have made us all very proud!