On Monday 19 October, the Welsh Government announced that Wales would go into a ‘firebreak’ lockdown, commencing at 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November.
Sportspeople who work and earn a living through sport are allowed to continue working, and like everyone else they can leave home to do so if they cannot work from home.
Fixtures involving professional sportspeople are allowed to continue behind closed doors. All participants, such as players, officials, coaches, and broadcasters, are there in a working capacity. Meanwhile, the ‘elite programme’ – that had allowed the 2020-21 JD Cymru Premier season to start behind closed doors and with strict protocols – has been suspended.
We, along with the other JD Cymru Premier clubs, were asked by the FAW if we would be willing and able to continue playing with only professional players, staff and officials. Unfortunately, most of the clubs in the league would be unable to continue playing as they do not have enough professional players registered. We have enough professionally registered players to fulfil a fixture.
However, the return to play protocols require an army of volunteers in roles such as administration, compliance, stewarding, ball retrieving and temperature checking. These individuals would not be permitted entry to our games as they are volunteers. We take our responsibilities as a club extremely seriously and do not feel we could safely run a match day without these individuals who are the lifeblood of our football club.
We feel that we should only continue to play football if the whole league was able to do so and we believe the decision should be one that is in the best interest of the whole JD Cymru Premier.
We thank supporters for their understanding during these challenging times and we will endeavour to keep you updated as and when possible.