Blwyddyn Newyd Dda! Happy New Year! We don’t need to go into the well documented details, but 2020 was a challenging year for absolutely everyone and it was no different for the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League and our clubs. However, when looking back at these challenges and the way in which everyone connected to the WPWL pulled together and supported each other, we can look ahead to the rest of 2021 and beyond with real optimism and excitement.
The WPWL season opener between Cardiff City and Swansea City, was the very first time that a league match had been televised live thanks to Sgorio on S4C. Reigning champions Swansea City won the match 3-0 with goals from Shaunna Jenkins, Chloe Chivers and Stacey John-Davis. This watershed moment sets us up for the future, as the desire to see more women’s football on television will continue to grow.
Media coverage across the league is already increasing with weekly highlights on Sgorio from selected matches and with additional written and photographic content becoming available, the visibility of the league continues to grow. All this at a time when it’s greatly needed with all the action having to take place behind closed doors due to the ongoing pandemic. All the action can also be followed with live updates on the WPWL website and the Cymru Football app.
The achievement to get both the WPWL and the League Cup up and running in September was no small undertaking. The regulations clubs are asked to follow are some of the most stringent in sports across the UK and it cannot be understated how impressive it is that the WPWL have stepped up to the challenge and the commitment of all to ensure the safety of our football family. Despite postponements we have completed half of the League Cup games and we are a third of the way through the league programme; as soon as we are able, we will be back to business.
Off the pitch, video calling was so 2020. We all had to find ways to maintain contact with each other through all the various lockdowns. The WPWL has taken full advantage of technology by using video calling to frequently engage with clubs and players over a wide range of topics. The next seminar is on 18th January, looking at how to get into coaching, to find out more and to sign up click here.
Our use of technology will continue into 2021 and beyond to enable us all to work together to continue growing not only the WPWL, but also the wider women’s game here in Wales with the help of the FAW.
Growing the game is top of the agenda for 2021 with the FAW’s restructure of domestic football for next season. The applicants have been confirmed for the new look WPWL (Tier 1) and Tier 2 in the North and South. It truly is an exciting time for our game and we’re all working together to allow women’s football to develop, prosper and grow.
We know that we can achieve our aims for the game because the character and resolve shown by everyone throughout a difficult 2020 demonstrates how capable the WPWL clubs are at raising to meet the challenge and the determination to build upon these foundations to grow the women’s game into the future.
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