FOLLOWING news that the FAW have cancelled the 2020/21 season for the JD Cymru North and Cymru South, Colwyn Bay Football Club Director of Football, Neil Coverley, released the following statement:
COVS‘WHILST the news we’ve received tonight is disappointing, it wasn’t surprising.
With the lack of clarity over the past 10 days especially, the decision to enable us to play or not was getting pushed from organisation to organisation and it was only a matter of time until ultimately we were put out of our misery.
It is a decision I, and many others, feel could have been made many months ago.
I feel extremely sorry for the players and management and have to commend them on their attitude and professionalism.
We have been fortunate to have had a committed core of volunteers throughout the pandemic who have been helping at the ground come rain or shine and the work that has been done is tremendous and will continue through to next season – whenever that may start.
The fans who bought season tickets and the registered supporters group have simply been magnificent and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible.
To the sponsors who have backed the club and have committed to next season already, a heart felt thanks!
The club would like to thank 4 Crosses Construction for their continued investment and help with ground improvements.
Keep an eye out for working party dates and commercial news.
We will be working hard behind the scenes to welcome you back ‘home’ bigger and stronger. Stay safe.’
The Football Association of Wales has received clarification that the JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South have not had their ‘Elite Status’ designation reinstated by the National Sport Group (NSG).
As a result, the 2020/21 season has been cancelled for these competitions due to the ongoing public health crisis and the current Welsh Government COVID-19 alert level, leaving insufficient time to safely complete a reduced season.
The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Commonwealth Games and the Welsh Government.
The FAW fully understands the frustrations felt by many throughout the country of not being able to play, volunteer and support their clubs. However, these are unprecedented times and the FAW is not responsible for the national COVID-19 policies and guidelines, which are in place to keep the nation as safe as possible.
The FAW continues to encourage that everyone follows the Welsh Government guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.