Some positive news in these tough times for North Wales football – an ambitious new club with high aims has been formed.
CPD Caer Clwyd – Caer Clwyd Football Club has set up in the Denbigh area with plans already well underway for the 2020-21 season.
Grassroots North Wales held an introductory question and answer session with club officials.
GNW: Well, I’ve seen your Facebook page and it all looks very go-ahead and exciting. So, first things first, who are CPD Caer Clwyd, where are you based and whose idea was it to form this new football club?
CC: We are a new men’s football team based in Denbigh. We have secured a pitch deal to use Myddelton College in the upcoming 20/21 season.
It offers great facilities such as a fully equipped sports hall, home and away changing rooms with private shower cubicles and the pitch is one of the best grounds in the area. Refreshments will be provided at every home game for supporters and officials.
Forming the club was a group idea between ourselves, Andy Pace, John Wood, Lloyd Hubbard and Keiran Kendrick.
We were coaching Henllan Juniors, Denbigh Ladies and we also tried to start a Henllan Senior Development team which unfortunately didn’t get off the ground which is one of the reasons for starting Caer Clwyd.
Alongside coaching we also play ourselves in senior football and were at Henllan FC together until the end of last season, until we moved to different clubs this current season.
The desire and passion to start our own team together as friends has been an idea long in the making and are so excited and proud to get it started.
We won a full Puma kit from BT Sport last year which gave us a push to get this idea off the ground.
GNW: You’re aiming to start in tier 5 but have strong ambitions to rise to tier 4 at the first attempt. Is this the extent of your aims for now, or are you already looking further ahead?
CC: We have no limit to our ambition. We are aiming to meet the criteria for tier 4 with the certainty of tier 5 as a guarantee. The Coronavirus has obviously set us back as well as many other teams, but we are hopeful and determined not to let this stop us reaching our ambitions.
GNW: Do you have players committed for next season? How about managers/coaches?
CC: Andy Pace will be our manager with Keiran, Lloyd and John being assistants officially, but it will be managed, coached and ran by the 4 of us equally. As for players, Lloyd, Keiran and John will be playing/coaching.
Due to the ongoing season we cannot look at other players affiliated to other clubs, but we have a few players who haven’t played in a few years who are keen to play for us.
GNW: What is behind the name CPD Caer Clwyd?
CC: CPD Caer Clwyd stands for Fortress of the Clwyd. We’ve designed our badge based on the jubilee tower on top of Moel Famau which overlooked all of the Vale of Clwyd on a background of the Welsh flag colours. Our friend Jack Hunt has his own graphic design business Huntman Productions and he kindly created our badge and has agreed to do all our design work in the upcoming seasons.
GNW: Do you have an opinion on the new restructuring coming into North Wales coast football next season? I guess the schedule now depends on how soon we get back to playing with the current coronavirus pandemic situation.
CC: In our opinion regarding the new requirements, we think it is going to be difficult for low level clubs to meet this criteria. But on a plus side it will drastically improve football grounds.
The Caer Clwyd management team added:
“We would like to thank the Hope and Anchor in Denbigh for being our official pub sponsor for the upcoming season.
“They have agreed to support us for all activities such as fund raising, race nights, and post match refreshments including home made food.
“There are donation boxes on both bars and also a club scratchcard competition on the wall for anyone to take part in.
“We would also like to thank Jewsons Denbigh, Travis Perkins Denbigh, Richard Williams Ruthin and Thornecliffe’s Ewloe for donating the materials to build our dugouts.
“Also Huntman Productions for the design of our badge.
“We are not looking to raise a specific amount of money, but any donation or sponsor, big or small, would be greatly appreciated in helping us meet the new pitch criteria and equipment.
“Contact details for anyone interested in sponsoring us or playing for us are
Mobile: Andy Pace 07881840007; John Wood – 07488266023; Keiran Kendrick – 07534123766; Lloyd Hubbard – 07377383373.”