Ton Pentre’s Youth Team has accomplished a remarkable achievement by reaching the final eight of the FAW Youth Cup, where they rub shoulders against the established academies of Welsh Premier League clubs and the youth teams of Cardiff City, Newport County and English Premier League outfit Swansea City.
The young Bulldogs play Bala Town at Ynys Park on Sunday, 1 February in what will be their biggest game of the season. The match is kindly being sponsored by Coleg y Cymoedd, who have recognised the young Bulldogs success. A place in the Semi-Finals of the FAW Youth Cup will be the prize for the winner.
Fellow Quarter-Finalists Airbus UK Broughton, Bala Town, Port Talbot Town and The New Saints all receive significant funding from UEFA for their Academy teams, while Cardiff, Newport and Swansea are professional outfits.
Ton Pentre Youth’s entire existence is down to a small grant from Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council via Sport Wales to get the team started and the hard work of supporters and the players themselves, whose fundraising activities help run the team.
Under the guidance of Youth Team Manager Ryan Betteney, Ton Pentre have knocked Merthyr Town out of the Youth League Cup and are currently well positioned in the challenge for the Welsh Youth League Division East title.
The team’s achievements have highlighted the young football talent in the Rhondda and several of the Youth players have already made the step up to the Ton Pentre First Team in Welsh League Division One this season.
The Bulldogs Youth Team are certainly making a name for themselves and are looking forward to the visit of Bala Town on Sunday, 1 February for an FAW Youth Cup match that kicks off at 2:00pm. Entry for this game will be £2 and those aged 16 and under are free.
If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities with the Bulldogs, please contact Ceri Jones on 07792190761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE MATCH SPONSOR
In August 2013, The College Ystrad Mynach and Coleg Morgannwg merged to become Coleg y Cymoedd which means college of the valleys.
The College Ystrad Mynach served the Caerphilly County Borough and Coleg Morgannwg served the Rhondda Cynon Taff County with sites in Aberdare, Nantgarw and Rhondda.
By joining together, Coleg y Cymoedd is now one of the largest further education provider’s in Wales with an estimated 20,000 learners choosing to study and over 1000 members of staff.
For more information on Coleg y Cymoedd, please visit www.cymoedd.ac.uk.