Prestatyn Town Ladies FC
2 May 2014

Prestatyn Town Ladies FC

New Opportunity for Female Players

New Opportunity for Female Players

A Newly Formed women's football team will enter the North Wales League next season. Prestatyn Town FC Ladies, who will play home matches at Bastion Gardens, will be run by Penyffordd-based coach Elwyn Jones, who has ambitious future plans.

Jones, who has long-standing involvement with female football, having previously been part of the Northop Hall set-up, takes up the story.

"I was originally looking to form a team in the Holywell area," he explained.

"We had enough players, but were struggling to find a base.I originally made contact with Prestatyn Town's media officer Tony O'Reilly, who could not have been more helpful. I told him all what we needed was a pitch and training facilities, the girls are more than happy to fund themselves. We had another meeting, which included Prestatyn acting chairman Leigh Williams, and agreed a deal. Prestatyn also arranged for us to play a touring American college team recently, which really helped us."

Jones has an initial three-year plan. He aims to use the first season for development, then in the second, dependent on progress, hopefully add a reserve side, By the third year, he hopes to have a team strong enough to push for Welsh Premier League status.

"You've got to have a target," he stressed.

Included in the Prestatyn squad will be Jones' 17-year-old daughter Talia, who began playing football aged 10 with Mostyn and has developed into a fine prospect.

"In the first 12 months we'll have a mix of novice players, as well as existing players and those who may have played who are looking to start again," he added, We also hope, in time, to start a youth and junior section."

Prestatyn Town's acting chairman Williams added: "The club would like to welcome Elwyn and the ladies to Prestatyn Town and we hope to have a long working relationship with them.

"It's good to see ladies football back at Bastion Gardens and hopefully we can achieve the same heights as our ladies team of the late 1960s and mid-70s did on the pitch."

Trials for the new Prestatyn Town Ladies FC will take place at Bastion Gardens on Thursday, May 8, from 7pm, There are also plans for a ladies tournament at Prestatyn on July 27.

Anyone interested in knowing more can contact Elwyn Jones on 07808 876111 or e-mail [email protected]

Prestatyn Town Ladies FC