Date: Sun 24 Feb 2019

Cyncoed pioneer WPWL Sister Club initiative

Mighty Oaks link up with Sully Girls

A new scheme being pioneered this season by the WPWL is pairing league clubs up with local junior sides in a Sister Club initiative.

Cyncoed Ladies are one of the first clubs to have been involved in the scheme, pairing up with Sully Girls at the start of the season.

The aims of the initiative are to close that gap between top level senior and junior football within Wales, providing young girls with experience of the senior match day environment, sharing knowledge and ideas between coaches, and increasing links between the WPWL clubs and junior sides within their communities.

So far, the Mighty Oaks have had an evening session with the Sully girls, and will be inviting them along to their home game against Briton Ferry on Sunday 28 April.

Michelle Pervin-Davies of Cyncoed said that the club were delighted to pioneer the initiative, adding

"Commencing at the start of the season, Cyncoed and Sully have worked together to support both clubs, provide a pathway to senior football for the younger players and share coaching knowledge and insight.

The sister club agreement is also a fantastic opportunity for all coaches to share knowledge and insight, our Cyncoed coaching staff are looking forward to delivering a session at Sully Girls later in the season."

Pervin-Davies also talked about how the initiative will be beneficial in terms of decreasing the gap between senior and junior football.

"Both clubs recognise the gap between junior and senior football can be daunting, and by us making these connections early it helps bridge the gap.

We are already seeing the benefits of this journey as we are seeing younger players show a greater interest in coming to our sessions, ready for the step-up next season."

The match-day experience at the end of April will give the Sully side a taste of what a top-flight game is like, and Pervin-Davies said the club are excited to host the girls.

"We are looking forward to seeing the girls at our home game vs Briton Ferry on 28th April, where they will get the full match day experience and meet & greet with the players!

The future is bright for the #MightyAcorns and we can’t wait to welcome them to the #MightyOaks."

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