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Elite Status Reinstated For JD Cymru Premier and WPWL

 

It has today been confirmed that both the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's league have had their 'Elite' status reinstated.

The Football Association of Wales were informed of the decision by the National Sport Group and the status will return with immediate effect.

This means that, although Wales remains in Alert Level 4 of the Welsh Government's Control Plan, clubs in these leagues, such as the Vale of Glamorgan's Barry Town United, will be able to prepare for a return to play.

The Elite status has not been extended to include leagues lower down the Welsh pyramid, such as the JD Cymru North and South, this time, where they were previously granted Elite status before the escalation to Alert Level 4 in the country.

These Tier 2 clubs will not be permitted to return until either the country reverts to Alert Level 3 or the National Sport Group grant them Elite status.

More detail on the National Sport Group (NSG) and the proposed dates for the rescheduled fixtures was disclosed in a post on the FAW's website:

"The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the ‘Elite Status’ designation.  

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"Confirmation of the rescheduled fixtures for the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League will be announced in due course on CymruFootball.Wales.

"The FAW continues to encourage that everyone follows the Welsh Government guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19."

The news was welcomed by the Vale's sole representatives in the JD Cymru Premier, Barry Town United, who said in a post on their website and social media:

"Everyone at Barry Town United is naturally delighted to be returning to action and we are looking forward to resuming the campaign. We hope that the next step will be to welcome supporters back to grounds in a safe manner."

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