1876 reviews workings of its junior section – as usual the outlook is positive

Bangor 1876 will increase activity in some areas and cut back in others for the time being as part of a review of its junior section.

The club has also paid tribute to the work done towards its development by former director of football Iwan Williams, who has left to join the management team at Chester FC.

Against an uncertain background resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the board of Bangor 1876 is using the time to take stock and review organisation of the coaching and team management set-up.

There has been particular emphasis on its junior section, including the Development Centre.

Bangor 1876 secretary Dafydd Hughes said: “Iwan Williams has resigned from his position as Director of Football, having accepted an offer from Chester FC of the National League North to become part of their first team management team, taking up his new post with immediate effect.

“Iwan has made an important contribution to the development of the 1876 vision by laying foundations for the club’s junior section and gaining FAW Trust accreditation for a Community Football Initiative. The club wishes him well.

“This work on developing the club’s structure will continue under the overall control of Mel Jones, the club manager, working closely with the board, the team of coaches which has been assembled, and parents.”

Dafydd Hughes speaking about the decision to place Bangor 1876’s first team in Tier 4 of the new Welsh football pyramid

On a positive note, Mr Hughes added: “There will be a number of new age group teams competing in the Gwyrfai League when the new season commences – watch this space for details of how junior players can become involved with 1876.

“We welcome our friends from Maes y Bryn, and the new players joining us as a result, hoping that they’ll enjoy being part of “Teulu 1876”.

“In the short term, we will be concentrating upon establishing our junior teams and developing a strong support network in line with our application for accreditation from the FAW Trust.

“There are clear guidelines issued by the FAW in relation to minimising the risk to junior teams and the club is signed up to the protocol covering training and, eventually, playing matches.

“However, activities under the banner of the Development Centre would be much more difficult to manage and the decision has been taken to suspend this activity until the New Year.

“Likewise, our Community Football Scheme involving local schools, and yet to be introduced, will be reviewed with the schools and adjusted to suit local circumstances.

“We will continue to collaborate with our sister club, CPDM Bangor 1876, to seek to provide coaching and competitive opportunities for both girls and boys to develop in a community focused bilingual environment.”

Please contact the club by e-mailing development@bangor1876.com if you have a child interested in participating in its activities.

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