Llanelli Star - - Sport -

CAR­MARTHEN Town are branch­ing out into girls’ and women’s foot­ball.

The club are launch­ing an acad­emy for girls from un­der-8 level to un­der-16s, with the aim of devel­op­ing a se­nior ladies’ side the fol­low­ing sea­son.

Acad­emy man­ager Huw Evans said: “Car­marthen Town Acad­emy want to give girls ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to climb the foot­ball lad­der and to have a good op­tion of se­nior foot­ball once they fin­ish their jour­ney on the ju­nior path­way.

“They’ll train like pro­fes­sion­als, play at the high­est stan­dard on the top-qual­ity sur­face of Rich­mond Park.

“Trial dates have been set and it is hoped that we can ar­range fix­tures against qual­ity teams from all over Wales or the UK.”

Tri­als will be held on Fri­day, Septem­ber 14, for all age groups.

For un­der-10s and un­der-12s the ses­sion is from 6-7pm, with the un­der-14s and un­der-16s on the field from 7.15-8.30pm.

The aim is that the acad­emy will run along­side ex­ist­ing clubs, so play­ers can still rep­re­sent sides at lo­cal level.

“It will be a cen­tre set up to pro­duce as many higher cal­i­bre play­ers from the al­ready strong and ever grow­ing grass­roots base,” added Evans. “It is de­signed not only for those who we strongly be­lieve have the po­ten­tial to break through into a higher level of the game, but also to give more girls the de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with the end aim of a Car­marthen Town women’s team.

“Play­ers who en­ter the cen­tre will still play grass­roots foot­ball. Ev­ery ef­fort will be made to en­sure the acad­emy does not con­flict with this.

“Grass­roots foot­ball is a fun­da­men­tal part of any player’s de­vel­op­ment. The acad­emy will not in­ter­fere with or stop any player from play­ing grass­roots foot­ball with their friends at their lo­cal club. The acad­emy will be an ad­di­tion to the grass­roots foot­ball and will aid de­vel­op­ment, and not sub­sti­tute or re­place it.

“The acad­emy will be specif­i­cally com­mit­ted to play­ers who want to de­velop and as­pire to progress into se­nior foot­ball.

“We be­lieve the ad­di­tion of an acad­emy in a club such as Car­marthen Town will of­fer more play­ers from West Wales an­other route to a higher stan­dard of foot­ball and the op­por­tu­nity to progress into the se­nior game.

“Ev­ery player will ben­e­fit from be­ing a part of the acad­emy, ir­re­spec­tive of whether or not they progress into a pro­fes­sional club.

“Car­marthen Town in­tend to make the acad­emy a hub known for pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­nity and pro­duc­ing foot­ballers with the po­ten­tial to go as far as pos­si­ble.”

Car­marthen Quins Un­der-13s kicked off the sea­son in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion with a 61-0 win at Dun­vant. The young Quins worked well as a team, with the man-of-the-match award given to Ol­lie on his de­but after he scored five tries.

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