14 April 2021
Following the recent announcement by the Welsh Government to allow the return to play for those under the age of 18, the BPTJFL has agreed to organise competition football for the following age groups, Under 14 through to Under 16. The Competition will be a group cup for each age group and will commence on the 17th April 2021.
All Clubs are reminded that all the Protocols as issued by the WAG, FAW and Local Authority must be continued to be complied with.
For the Under 13s & Under 12s age group teams , they will continue to play friendly matches, As will all the mini football age groups.
It is hoped that with the Public Health conditions improving day by day, Next season can commence on time, (maybe even earlier) and we can all enjoy the sport that we love.
Please take care during the remaining weeks of the season and stay safe.
27 February 2021
The Welsh Government still has an Alert level 4 in place for the pandemic, which means, sadly, no football at present. There is a review on the 12th March which may see an easing of some restrictions. The Football Association of Wales has announced that, if the Alert Level is reduced there is a possibility of a return to football for Junior Leagues, although the format for the remainder of the season has yet to be decided. The FAW has also declared that the Season will end on the 31st May and that no extension is envisaged.
Once there is more news on a possible restart, I will advise accordingly.
28 October 2020
Sport Wales has today (27th October) launched the ‘Progress’ strand of their Be Active Wales Fund, that provides grants to sports clubs in Wales to assist with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants of between £300 - £50,000* are available in this third and final phase of the Fund. The Be Active Wales Fund was initially launched in July to provide immediate financial support to clubs. Football clubs have been accessing this funding and more information on the strands can be found by clicking here.
So far, a total of 151 clubs have already been supported via the Sport Wales Be Active fund and the average award has been £991 per Club.
In accordance with the FAW Return to Play protocols, the priority items will include:
Clubs who have accessed funding under the ‘Prepare’ strand can reapply for the ‘Progress’ funding but on a different project.
Clubs who have already completed the FAW Covid-19 Impact survey do not need to repeat this for a ‘Progress’ application.
Sport Wales has also produced an information video about the ‘Progress’ fund that can be accessed via the following links: Welsh / English.
23 September 2020
Following on from recent email distribution for the return to play Phase 3 and the FAW protocols issued, I would like to give an update on where we are in terms of starting the 20/21 Season.
Mini Football: from Week commencing 28th September, Inter Club friendlies are permitted, subject to appropriate permissions being given and the current guidelines in regards to local lockdowns. As it currently stands, clubs within the Bridgend CBC will only to play other sides from within the County Borough and not any other league clubs.
Port Talbot based clubs will only be able to play against other Port Talbot clubs until the lockdown situations are revised.
For Junior Football U/12 to U/16: The current status in relation to training still prevails, The move to stage 3 where these age groups are able to lay friendlies will not be until week commencing 12th October.( again subject to current Government Legislation, Public Health Wales & FAW guidelines) local lockdowns permitting.
Once I have any more confirmed information, I will update this page and circulate to all Clubs accordingly.
02 August 2020
A brief update of where we are in terms of the new season. A date has yet to be set for the start of the season, although the Welsh Government and the FAW have agreed to a return to training phase 1 ( non contact) all the relevant details are available from the FAW Website in respect of what need to happen in terms of health & safety requirements.
I have had a vast majority of the League entry forms returned, which is great, if those who are still to send in, then please do so as quickly as possible.
All Club affiliations are effected through COMET, and as previously stated, for existing Junior Clubs, the affiliation is Free of Charge if done before the 8th August.
All League Entry fees for Junior Clubs this season will be paid as previous, direct to the League. These will be invoiced in due course.
All players who were with your clubs last season (up to and including U/15's) will be automatically re-registered for your club on the 31st August, unless they have transferred out or had their registrations terminated. COMET will then require payment for these registrations within 7 days. Any registration not paid within this time will mean that the relevant player will not be eligible to play for your club.
I have been sending the circulars received from The SWFA & COMET team, to ensure that you are all kept up to date.
Once I have any further updates, I will advise accordingly.
02 July 2020
Following the AGM, the following changes have been made to the League Committee. Mr J. Phillips (chairman) did not stand for re-election as his was a SWFA appointment for one year only. Ms Victoria Owen(League Accreditation Officer) also decided not to stand for re-election. Their positions were filled by Mr T. Lewis & Mrs J Marshall respectively.
The AGM, was held via Video Conference and was attended by 12 Clubs, whilst 5 clubs voted via proxy voting forms, which considering the circumstances was quite an achievement. All Notices of Motion were carried unanimously and become effective immediately.
League Entry forms have been issued out, and some have been returned already, this allows the league to do some preparatory work in readiness for when the new season starts. If your form has not been returned as yet, can an effort be made to return them asap, I will then reconfirm with the clubs the information that has been submitted is correct before any invoices are issued.
Thank you all for Season 2019/20 , wishing everyone a successful 20/21 season
09 June 2020
The League AGM is scheduled to take place on Tuesday the 30th June 2020. At present Government Legislation prohibits large gatherings, so it the League's intention to hold the meeting via video conference. Over the course of the next couple of days I will send out the relevant paperwork for the meeting.
For this season, attendance at the AGM will not be mandatory, but if your club wishes to be represented, then please advise accordingly when the paperwork is sent out, and I will send a link to the meeting.
At the moment there is still no clear start date for next season, but in keeping with our League Rules, all league entry forms will be required to returned to me no later than the 30th June. Once there is some guidance from the governing bodies on when the season is likely to commence we can then invoice accordingly.
01 June 2020
Football and rugby clubs in Bridgend county borough will not have to pay the hire charges for using outdoor sports facilities for the entire 2019-20 season after the local authority waived the fees.
Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Richard Young said the decision had been made to take account of both the exceptional circumstances around the Covid-19 crisis and the continued commitment of sports clubs and town and community councils to complete community asset transfers of outdoor facilities.
He said: “It was decided some time ago not to levy charges for changing facilities and pitches managed by the parks department post lockdown, from March to May, but as a gesture of goodwill we have now taken the decision to waiver fees for the period November 2019 to February 2020.
“We know some clubs are struggling financially because of the pandemic with income streams having been reduced and we want do to do what we can to support them.
“The Community Asset Transfer (CAT) of playing fields and sports pavilions remains a key priority of the council due to the pressures on its current and future budgets which have been further affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“All facilities available for CAT transfer are subject to ongoing discussions with sports clubs, and town and community councils so that they can be subject to self-management at a local level in the near future.
“It must be noted that due to the financial pressures currently facing the council we will be unable to provide similar support in the future and sports clubs will be required to pay hire charges to reflect usage of facilities.”
In April, the local authority announced a package of additional support to assist clubs progress transfers. It included pitch, green and wicket surveys and specific funding for building, pitch/drainage improvements and capital grants to enable clubs to purchase maintenance equipment for green spaces. This is in addition to the reconfiguration of the council’s £75,000 Bridgend Sports Support Fund – part of the CAT process – to provide immediate financial aid to local sports clubs during the coronavirus outbreak.
Clubs which applied for grants of up to £1,000 to help with day-to-day operating costs during the coronavirus pandemic will be notified in early June on the outcome of their applications.
📋 END OF SEASON RESULTS 📋
Firstly, we would like to congratulate everyone involved with our new football league, getting it off the ground and running the way it was proved to be a fantastic achievement in itself - it's just such a shame we lost so much football to the poor weather and then to have the season halted by COVID-19 - one thing for sure is next season can only be better!
As per the FA Wales guidelines, the U12-U16 leagues have been decided on a Points Per Game basis... 🎉CONGRATULATIONS🎉 to our winners and runners up;
U12 - Bryntirion Athletic JFC & Cwmavon & District BGC (Blues)U13 - Bridgend Town JFC & Penyfai FCU14 - Bryntirion Athletic JFC & Pencoed Athletic BGCU15 - Margam Village FC & Penyfai FCU16 - Goytre United FC & Maesteg Park FC
Congratulations again to all clubs, coaches and players for your efforts this season 👏👏
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12 May 2020
An official update by @FAWTrust confirming the end of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic! We are truly saddened that we cannot complete our first season as a new league but can only agree with this decision when put into perspective! #StayHomeStaySafe #RollOn2021.