Berriew honoured by top club award

Published date: 06 July 2017 |
Published by: Gavin Grosvenor
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Paul Inns with Welsh under 15s girls international Carrie Jones 

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BERRIEW Junior Football Club has been recognised as the Central Wales Football Association (CWFA) club of the year.

The Rhiewsiders work in developing junior football players and qualified coaches has not gone unnoticed by the regional association and will now represent CWFA in the national finals.

It is the second time the club has won the award having first been recognised in 2014.

Head coach Paul Inns has also been recognised for his efforts by being named Central Wales FA grassroots impact award winner having won a volunteer of the year award in 2015.

Inns hailed all who had contributed to the club’s success.

“This is just reward for the effort put in by all coaches, parents and players,” said Inns. “It is also quite fitting given that some eight years ago we had only 12 players of mixed ages in total and one coach.

“Last season we finished with 201 players and 25 coaches and next season we will be running teams at every age group for both boys and girls.”

Inns also follows in the footsteps of Berriew JFC coach Kelly Midmore who won the grassroots impact award last year.

Inns is head coach at Berriew Juniors FC while also a coach of the Mid Wales development centre and part of the academy coaching set-up at Newtown.

Next season Inns hopes to develop Berriew Football Club’s women’s section and make the club a Central Wales Football Association hub.

“I am really keen to establish a senior women’s side at Berriew and invite all players aged 15 or over to get in touch.

 “The emphasis would be on fitness and fun while also ensuring a pathway for girls to enter the senior game.”

The news comes at an exciting time for the club which will be holding a McDonalds Fun Day on Saturday, July 15.

A special guest has been promised by McDonalds as part of the initiative with the fun packed football themed day starting at 12pm.

Inns said: “The club is really looking forward to the day which promises to be a great community event.

“Parents and players and all of the community are invited to come down to the Talbot Field for the day and celebrate the great work going on at the club.”

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