THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales (FAW) have announced this week that Chris Coleman has signed a contract extension that will see him continue his role as Wales National Team Manager through to the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
The news was declared at a press conference on Monday (May 23)
Coleman led Wales to their first major finals in over 50 years and FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford was unequivocal in his praise of the manager:
“The FAW is delighted that Chris Coleman has extended his contract through to the 2018 World Cup.
“We wanted to acknowledge the fantastic work Chris has done with his staff in ensuring qualification to the Euros in France this summer.
“There is no one better-qualified than Chris to lead Wales into its first World Cup in sixty years.”
Speaking at the conference, Chris Coleman added:
“Everyone knows what managing Wales means to me. Leading my country in France this summer will be the proudest moment of my career, and I’m delighted to have an opportunity to do the same in Russia in 2018.
“We’ve learned a lot as a National Team over the past few years, we will learn a lot from the Euros this summer, we must use all these experiences to push forward.
“I am delighted that this has been agreed before the European Championships next month. We get together on Tuesday for our pretournament camp in Portugal.
Also present at the press conference was FAW President, David Griffiths, who said:
“I have known Chris a long time and know just how much managing his country means to him. He is an exceptional leader, and what he has achieved with his staff and players in the past few years must be commended.
“I am delighted that we have agreed on his new contract before the European Championships. We can now focus on the tournament in France and look forward to the World Cup qualifying campaign.
“The build-up starts today with the squad going to Portugal tomorrow and this is the best possible start.”
The Wales squad travelled to Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal on Tuesday for a pre-tournament training camp.
Wales play a final friendly against Sweden in Stockholm on 5th June before traveling to their Euro team base in Dinard, Brittany.
Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events
CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host one of the first outdoor sports events in Wales since the Covid-19 lockdown.
Welsh Government has given the go ahead for three trial sport and culture events as part of its continued easing of restrictions.
Pembrey Country Park will host a duathlon on Sunday, September 6, with a limited number of competitors, although there will be no spectators.
The event will be monitored and will help inform Welsh Government policy on future sporting events as the country continues its recovery from Covid-19.
The council is working with Welsh Triathlon to ensure athletes can compete safely, with strict risk assessments and protocols being put into place.
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re delighted to host this trial event here in Carmarthenshire, and hope this signals a return of more sporting events in the future. Our teams are working alongside Welsh Government and Welsh Triathlon to ensure that the event is safe and secure whilst providing an exciting and challenging duathlon course for competitors.”
Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC
Ammanford AFC are pleased to announce that the Ex Swans legends Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson are back for a second season with the club
The pair helped Ammanford AFC to achieve a respectable seventh place finish in the JD Cymru South league last season.
The Supporters of Ammanford will welcome the news and will be hoping that they can go and watch their team once clearance has been given.
Lighthouse to Lifeboat station swim a huge success
A LLANELLI man has completed a grueling swim across the Loughor estuary from Whiteford Lighthouse to Burry Port Harbour to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).
Matthew Jenkins completed the swim on Sunday, July 26.
Speaking on the challenge he set himself, Matthew said he set his sights on the swim to give him something positive to focus on during these unprecedented times and raise vital funds for Burry Port RNLI.
The Swim was a family effort with Matthew’s two daughters also pitching in to sell RNLI cupcakes to supporters and bystanders near the lifeboat house.
The conditions were far from ideal on the day with a 7.2 metre tide accompanied by whitecaps waves and a south to southwesterly wind behind Matthew of approximately 20 mph.
However there was plenty of support from safety teams in the area to step in if needed with jet skis, kayaks and boats all keeping within safe distance.
Matthew set off on his challenge at approximately 10.45 and shortly afterwards supporters could see he was already past the halfway point.
The support shown from the beach was huge and it was obvious to all that Matthew was able to hear the chants of support and praise from those at the beach.
On completion of the challenge Matthew raised his hands as a thank you gesture for all of his support throughout the journey.
This small event has brought back a familiar feeling without the town of pre-pandemic days where events like these would be hugely supported by the community.
It was clear to see the support for both Matthew and Burry Port RNLI throughout the day.
A grand total of £822.25 was raised through Matthew’s Just Giving page.
Matthew has praised all of those who have supported him through the journey both in the water and on land and said he feels very ‘thankful’ for the support and the opportunity to complete the challenge.
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