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67 Sport Crucial win boosts top four hopes Welsh footballers look to the future

footballers joined the Welsh coaches of the future at a Swansea Primary School recently to take part in the groundbreaking ‘Lidl Play More Football’ programme, launched by Lidl, The Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Football Trust. Cardiff City defender Jazz

Scarlets Ulster

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SCARLETS stayed in the hunt

for a place in the top with a crucial 16-13 win over Ulster last Friday (Jan 6), but they had to come from behind. It was a damp day at the office for

both sides, with the rain unrelenting under the bright floodlights of Parc y Scarlets, and it would eventually be the accuracy of Dan Jones that separated the two sides. Scarlets started well and thought

they had gone ahead when Dan Jones pounced on a loose ball to touch down, but the TMO deemed that he had knocked the ball on and the try was ruled out. They were then awarded a penalty

and Jones stepped up to send the ball through the posts to give the home side an early 3-0 lead. Moments later, they were given

another penalty and Jones again scored to double Scarlets’ lead. From the restart, a high tackle by

Jake Ball gave Ulster a penalty which Paddy Jackson scored to narrow the gap.

The visitors then went ahead as a

powerful drive set up Jacob Stockdale to score the first try of the game and Jackson then added the extra two points for a 6-10 lead. The Scarlets began to dominate

territory but they were unable to get past a white wall, while the weather also played its part as players continually lost grip on the ball. Shortly before half time, Ulster were given another penalty and

Jackson did well to get the ball through the posts from a wide angle. A kicking game ensued at the start

of the second half but after Tom Price blocked one kick, the Scarlets were on the front foot and their persistence eventually saw Ulster caught offside and the home side had a chance to narrow the score. Jones stepped up and scored the penalty to make it 9-13. Ulster then conceded another

penalty and Jones sent the ball in to touch. They won the line out and a maul was set up before Aled Davies emerged with the ball, making a dart for the line. However, Ulster’s Sean Reidy

made an illegal move on Davies and, after being referred to the TMO, Reidy was shown a yellow card and the referee awarded a penalty try to the Scarlets. Jones then stepped up to add

the extra two points and increase the Scarlets’ lead to 16-13. Jake Ball was also shown a yellow

card moments later for a high tackle and both sides were down to 14 men. Both sides had chances to add

to the scoring but when Scarlets came close, a series of errors handed possession back to Ulster. The visitors also came close but a

big hit sent the ball free and Scarlets were able to clear their lines. Scarlets managed to force Ulster

into touch shortly after and the referee’s whistle went to signal the end of another exciting game. It was an important win for the

men in red and they are now fifth in the table but just a point behind Leinster, Munster and Glasgow, who all have 41 points.

Richards and Wales women’s international Nadia Lawrence joined junior ‘Directors of Football’ from Olchfa High School who were passing on skills to children from Parkland Primary School. Lidl Play More Football is a

unique football coaching scheme delivered by young people for young people. This peer-led approach will see 1,000 young people become ‘Directors of Football’, giving them the chance to become the next generation of Wales football coaches and get more kids active in Wales. The scheme provides them with

the skills to plan, organise and deliver inclusive, fun and easy-to-play football activities to engage their peers who do not currently play the game. Lidl Play More Football will enable 30,000 children to play football, the most popular sport in Wales, across the country over the next three years. It has been rolled out successfully

in secondary schools across Wales but is now expanding to primary schools, where the upskilled secondary school participants will be helping to coach the younger children. A strong focus is also placed on encouraging more young girls to participate in the sport, which has gained popularity. Lidl’s investment in the programme

helps provide the Directors of Football with the facilities, equipment and training to enable them to lead and run football activities. Supported by teacher mentors and The FAW coaches, the Directors of Football will be able to develop their leadership skills, grow in confidence and apply learnings to other areas of their lives. After taking part in the youth-

led coaching session, Richards was delighted with the high level of coaching and said he was confident

Manchester B win four-a-side

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22 TEAMS took part in the

Annual Four-a-side Tournament held at the Royal British Legion last Friday (Jan 6). In the first round, the Gunnings

‘A’ beat the Whetham ‘A’ 2-0. The Foresters beat the Manchester ‘B’ 2, 2-0. The Golf Club 2 beat the Victoria ‘A’ 2-0. The Victoria B beat Gunnings B 2-0. The Lord Kitchener beat the Legionaire 2-0 and the Victoria C beat the Manchester A 2-0. In the last 16, Gunnings A beat the

Foresters 2-0. The Victoria B beat the Golf Club 2-0. The Kitchener beat the Victoria C 1, 2-0. The Avondale B 1

beat the Conservative Club 2-1. Due to a domestic crisis, the Avondale B2 had to withdraw against the Victoria C2. The Avondale A beat the Royal British Legion 2-0. The Manchester B1 beat the Three Crowns 2-1 and the Trafalgar beat the Golf Club 1, 2-1. In the quarter-finals, the Victoria B

beat Gunnings A 2-0. The Avondale B1 beat the Kitchener 2-0. The Avondale A beat the Victoria C 2-1 and the Manchester B beat Trafalgar 2-0. In the semi-finals, the Victoria

B beat the Avondale B 3-2 and the Manchester B beat the Avondale A 3-2. In the final, the Manchester B

proved to be too strong for their opponents from the Victoria B and the team of Martin Allerton, Robin Mayne, Darryl Jenkins and Lee Adams

ran out easy winners 3-0. The Victoria B team played

extremely well to get to the final and they were Owain Sinnett, Steve Trueman, Dylan Jenkins and Darrys McCarthy. 180 scorers on the night were

recorded as: M.Allerton Manchester B X 2. Jock Avondale ‘B’. Hartley Victoria. Godfrey, Manchester A. Lee Adams, Manchester B had a 138 Outshot. The League would like to remind

participants that these tournaments count as a game missed - Benbow and Whetham B take note. The Royal British Legion was

thanked for their great set up and excellent bar staff.

that the future of Welsh football coaching looked bright. Richards said: “I loved getting

involved in the Lidl Play More Football coaching – the Directors of Football were brilliant and really engaged the primary school children. I wanted to come down because the Lidl Play More Football sounded like such a good idea. “I don’t remember us having

anything like this when I was coming through as a young player. It was nice to see their faces when we arrived. Nadia and I saw a lot of potential today – there were definitely some good young players; you never know, maybe for the next generation of the Welsh team!” Lidl Play More Football will get

more kids playing football whilst also developing the next generation of coaches and leaders. The peer-led weekly secondary school sessions will introduce 10,000 young people to football, whilst the weekly primary school activity sessions will engage a further 20,000 children to get active, learn new skills and enjoy the game. Jamie Clewer, Head of Growth

at The Welsh Football Trust, added: “The young people we’ve worked with love taking part in the Lidl Play More Football programme. The initiative isn’t just about playing football - it’s about leadership, communication and the young Directors of Football finding out what their peers want from

sessions. It’s been a great start to the scheme and we’ve been delighted with the reaction so far. Already, we’ve got around 5,800 children playing football off the back of the scheme, and that number is only going to rise with the introduction of Lidl Play More Football to Primary schools across Wales.” Ryan McDonnell, Lidl UK

Purchasing Director, said: “This unique initiative allows Lidl to play a direct role in giving more boys and girls a chance to get playing and fall in love with football. We’re absolutely delighted to support this approach which will allow young people in Wales to coach younger children and shape the future of the game. Through our stores across Wales and this partnership, we want to build a real relationship with local communities and give something back.” As well as partnering with The

FA of Wales, Lidl is also providing a platform to communicate the benefits of football to more boys, girls and their families, creating lasting and positive change. Lidl is committed to supporting families in achieving a balanced lifestyle, helping children get active through football and offering fresh produce for nutritious meals to suit any budget. For information on how to register

for Play More Football, please visit: www.welshfootbal l LidlPlayMore.

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