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FAW could earn over £18m at Euros

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Quids in: FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford will see a huge increase in revenue

Quids in: FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford will see a huge increase
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THE FAW could pocket over £18m if Wales win Euro 2016 in France in the summer of this year. However, even if they do not win the competition they will take home a minimum of €8m (£5.9m), on top of this there will be substantial bonuses for winning and drawing games.

The figures make exciting reading for grassroots football in Wales, with many clubs hoping that the increased revenue to the association from it’s first involvement in a major finals in over 50 years will see benefits throughout the Welsh game and not just at the top.

In total, UEFA has £218.1m to distribute amongst the competing nations in France next summer, a substantial increase from the £156m in 2012 and £145.9m in 2008.

That makes Euro 2016 worth more than even the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which had a total prize money pool of £208.6m.

However, the tournament was still more lucrative to the winners, with eventual champions Germany making around £20m.

A perfect Championship-winning tournament, featuring three victories in the group stage, would be worth the equivalent of £18.1m.

Meanwhile a disastrous campaign with no wins and no draws would still see a team make a minimum of £5.9m.

European football governing body UEFA pays every team a flat participation fee of £5.9m. A win in the group stage is worth around £700,000 and a draw £400,000.

Teams who make it out of the group into the knock-out stages will then earn £1.1m for reaching the round of 16, £1.8m for the quarter-finals and £2.9m for the semi-finals.

In the final, losers will pocket £3.6m while the winners will pick up £5.8m as well as the trophy.

However with the Welsh players recently staging a protest over unpaid bonuses, it would be no surprise to see a large amount of the money swallowed up by players and dignitaries with the general game in Wales missing out, but here’s hoping that won’t be the case!

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April  4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.  

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance. 

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate. 

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