The club was saddened to hear the passing of long time club stalwart Lyndon Norris at the end of January 2020. Lyndon had been part of the #CamArmy management committee for many years in the early years of the club at the same time Keith Jenkins and current board members Phil and John Williams took the club from the basement of Welsh Football to the 2nd tier.
Lyndon was a massive fan of the club, and was still a prominent figure at the M&P 3G, coming to watch games whenever he could pull time away from his Rhondda League commitments.
Mark Morgans, Director of Football had these words to say about Lyndon. "I came across Lyndon when I started refereeing and helping out the RDFL around 10 years ago. He is the only person i know who loved an email more than i did. I know he would laugh at that comment and we shared great times together. With all jokes aside, he was a brilliant man with his heart firmly set on enhancing Rhondda Football both at junior level and adult level. The gentlemen that were involved during his time here can't speak highly enough about him, along with Lyndon it's these men that set the foundations for what we are currently doing now and its up to us to continue that legacy. For his time and commitment to the club, we will forever be grateful to him for the years he shared with us."
The funeral of Mr Lyndon Norris will be held on Wednesday February 26th at Coity Crematorium for 1.15pm. All are then invited back to Ton Pentre Football club to celebrate the man and share stories of this true Rhondda Football legend.
The club will hold a minutes silence in memory of Lyndon at our next home game vs Afan Lido on Tuesday February 18th 2020.
Our sympathies go out to the family and our friends at the RDFL.
Rest in Peace Lyndon. Forever with the #CamArmy
We are delighted to announce the signing of prolific goalscorer Ryan Prosser from Merthyr Tydfil FC. "Pross" who's famous beard was loved by the followers at Merthyr, was equally adored for his goal scoring exploits for the Martyrs over a decade which seen him become a fans favourite at Penydarren Park. He played over 350 games, averaging nearly a goal every 2 games.
Ryan, who resides in the RCT area had this to say this evening having completed his transfer. "After 10 successful and enjoyable years at Merthyr Tydfil FC i felt at this stage of my career a fresh challenge was needed. I can't thank everyone at Merthyr enough for my time there. Now i look forward to helping Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC over the coming seasons and hopefully i can help fire us to the top tier of Welsh Football."
Manager Dane Williams is delighted with the signing. "I am over the moon to have Ryan with us at the club. He is a player we have wanted for a long time. His experience and undoubted ability to score goals will be a massive boost for us all."
Director of Football Mark Morgans had some final words on the transfer. "I would like acknowledge the work of Dane around this signing. He identified Ryan as a target back in 2019 and the transfer became a real possibility a few weeks ago. Dane has grafted and grafted to get this over the line for weeks and the Board of Directors and I are happy to back him in his quest to make us competitive in this fierce league, its a real coup for us and credit must go to our manager. I must also go on record and congratulate both Ryan and Merthyr. In my opinion loyalty is seeping out of the game, and for him to play 10 seasons there shows real quality in terms of his character. I am pleased he is willing to take his next steps with us in what was obviously a difficult decision for him.
Welcome to the club Ryan!!
In other transfer news.....U17 development players Dylan Reid and Dewi Abbruzzesse have both left the club until the end of the season joining Aberdare Town FC. Scott Lewis, our highly thought of U18 development player has joined Penrhiwceiber Rangers.
We don't expect any more incomings or outgoings in the January 2020 transfer window.
It is with great sadness that we must announce the sudden passing of our Development Team Assistant Manager Dale Williams.
Dale passed away yesterday after a very short battle with illness. He was 34 years old.
After having a brief stint with us last season he excitedly returned to the club, reuniting and working alongside Liam Williams within our Academy set up, a partnership which had great success at Blaenrhondda FC. Dale was working towards his coaching badges within the FAW Trust environment and was an aspiring coach with a great knowledge and understanding of senior football. It was that knowledge and experience he was truly starting to instill into our young men looking to graduate into our senior setup. Within the club, we will continue to support Liam, Dan, Andy and the players within our youth team affected by these truly tragic circumstances.
Our thoughts also go out to our neighbours Tonyrefail BGC, where Dale has been a stalwart for many years. We would like to thank all the Rhondda Football family and Welsh Football far and wide for their kind messages of love and support. We would especially like to thank Gwyn Derfel at the Football Association of Wales; Bari and his team at Aberystwyth Town Football Club for working with us to postpone the game scheduled for this coming Sunday.
Our JD Welsh Cup game vs Haverfordwest County tomorrow will go ahead as scheduled.
All our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this terribly difficult time. He will be sorely missed in and around the club and will never be forgotten.
The #CamArmy are delighted to announce 2 new signings for the JD Cymru South campaign for 2019/20 and beyond. Kyle Jones and Connor Young sign from Nepean FC in the State 1 League in Australia. Both are subject to international clearance.
Centre Midfielder Kyle Jones, who left us towards the end of the 18/19 season for a short stay in Sydney, has re signed for the club. Kyle, who can also play in central defence....featured in the famous win vs TNS and also in the Nathaniel MG Cup final. He was a prominent player last season as we ended finishing runners up behind Penybont last time around. The Academy product said "I am delighted to be coming home back to Wales, and back to my 2nd home at Cambrian. I have been at the club since u14, so when i decided to come home there was never any thought about signing for anyone other than Cam. The club, the gaffer and the group of players are special. I have been keeping up to date with the news back home from my mother who has still been helping out at the games."
Connor signing is a real coup for the club. Connor also left for Australia with Kyle, and prior to leaving was a mainstay in the Merthyr Town team in the English Pyramid. Youngy goes down in folklore at the club, as he was the first ever player from the Academy system to sign professional terms, when he signed for Cardiff City FC. The towering centre back gave us his views.....
"I cant wait to get home and get going again. I am really looking forward to going back to the #CamArmy and hopefully help push the team forward. I really enjoyed my short loan spell at the club, The Academy gave me the opportunity to progress and develop as a 13/14 year old....and I can't wait to give something back to what is a truly unique set up."
Manager Dane Williams "We are delighted to have Kyle back. He is a Cam player through and through and was a massive player for us last season. We are looking forward to having him back in the group with all his mates. I am over the moon to get Connor in with us. He is the perfect player we are looking for, he is a local boy with bags of quality and a real hunger to improve and progress. We are excited to have him back with us and no doubt he will settle in straight away as he knows the club inside out from his time at the Academy and his loan spell here previously."
Director of Football Mark Morgans added "Dane has completed some wonderful work here and credit to him. After the departure of Joe Evans and David Thomas, he highlighted these 2 players as the primary targets he wanted to replace them. Kyle and Connor are positionally like for like compared to Joe and David. The pleasing thing for me again though is the buy in from players who have been here before, left for legitimate reasons, but because of their affinity to the club, it's the first place they look at to come back and play football."
"Dane has put together a superb looking squad. We don't expect to see any more faces come in before the domestic window closes but if Dane highlights a player of significant quality who becomes available and the gaffer wants him, we will do all we can to make it happen and give him the support to propel this club forward."
There is 1 more signing at the club, with experienced 'keeper Neil Collins signing on the dotted line, and he is eligible for the trip to Goytre United on Friday.
Some outgoings.....Dane & Mark have been working hard with local clubs to get our promising youth players a taste of senior football and aid their development. They will all continue to play for the JD Cymru Premier Development team.
Regan Fear - Pontyclun FC
Finn Jones - Blaenrhondda FC
Chad Goss - Blaenrhondda FC
Morgan Rowling- Aberdare Town FC
Joe Thomas - Blaenrhondda FC
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JD Cymru South 2019/20
david thomas & joe evans leave the #camarmy
The CamArmy can announce that we are to lose 2 key players of the 1st team squad. Centre midfielder and current club captain David Thomas along with centre back stalwart Joe Evans have both decided to join up with JD Cymru Premier side Cardiff Met for the 2019/20 season.
In a move that will see both boys continue their education at the University, it really doesn't come as a surprise to people within the club, as both players consistently performed to the highest standard last season, especially versus top tier opposition in our run to the Nathaniel MG Cup final, where we lost to the Archers 2-0 in the final.
Dane Williams, Manager of the #CamArmy added "I am so proud to see these lads move on. I am proud to have been a small part of their development in what has been a decade spent at the club for them both. To attain 200 appearances between them at such a young age, plus all the trophies and international accolades they have won while at the club, it really speaks volumes for the type of commitment they have given me, the managers before me and the club in general. I wish them all the very best with the academic and sporting futures."
Mark Morgans, Director of Football echoed Dane's words "Dai and Joe have been superb for the club over many years. I remember both players being part of the Academy system as young ambitious teenagers when I joined 8 seasons ago, I remember both playing huge parts in our successful youth team when we won the treble and reached the FAW Youth Cup Final for the 1st time in our history, I remember both being thrown in the deep end at 16/17 years of age into Welsh League Football and of course who can forget the part they played in the monumental effort last season finishing runners up and going on the magnificent run in both domestic cups. The Academy not only develops players, but it helps develop people.....these 2 are the epitome of what this club is about, we gave them opportunities and they took them with both hands. I think people forget how young these men actually are, they are in the early 20s but they have achieved so much for themselves already in football and they have worn the badge with honour. They are role models for our younger players striving to break into the senior set up.
A big part of their decision is of course the chance to take the next steps in their education pathway. Achieving their academic goals has to come first as a career in football is only short lived, these decisions will ultimately shape their careers in years to come. However, they can also challenge themselves and experience a higher standard of football which is of course a bonus for both boys. I am sure they trust in their ability, as do we, to stake a claim and hold down regular spots in a strong Met team, but as always with any of our Cambrian family, the door is always open if they ever want to return to the Rhondda Valley. Our loss is the Met's gain, they are adding 2 great players to their squad, and more importantly even better men who will serve them with distinction! Joe has been part of our Academy coaching team for a number of seasons and personally its been a privilege to see him develop within this side of the game too, he will go on to become a brilliant coach in the future."
It is not all doom and gloom at the M&P 3G however, we hope to announce a new signing in the next few days and they'll hopefully be eligible for the Nathaniel MG Cup round 2 game vs Aberystwyth Town on Saturday at 2.30pm. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages.
The Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC Academy, which is nationally renowned for developing aspiring footballers from RCT, is looking to recruit passionate and reliable individuals for it's ever growing setup. The only FAW affiliated academy in RCT responsible for the progression of 44 players to professional setups, you will work with the best crop of young talent in the RCT borough and beyond, as well as receive the support and guidance necessary from arguably the best coaches outside of a professional setup in South Wales.
All members of staff are given a full range of coaching kit, as well as CPD opportunities while also gaining support from coaches who currently work in professional setups and governing bodies.
Due to expansion, we are now looking to fill the following positions in the structure:
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT PHASE 12-15S
This is a new role which will sit within the management structure of the Academy. Reporting to the Director of Football & Head of Academy, you will drive this exciting phase and manage all facets of the ages including liaising with coaches around games, leading on CPD for coaches and also reviewing the quality of the sessions in line with our club philosophy. You will also be expected to contribute and coach a specific age within the phase. A minimum of UEFA/FAW B License is an essential requirement for the role. Commitment levels required will be part time and consist of approx. 2 sessions per week as well as games on a weekend. This is a paid position which is negotiable based on experience.
ACADEMY GOALKEEPER COACH
We require a new Goalkeeper coach to provide support and guidance to our aspiring goalkeepers of the future. You will manage all facets of the coaching and design and implement sessions based on the clubs philosophy and will liaise with each phase manager to organise sessions per week. Commitment will be 1 session per week and games as and when instructed by the Head of Academy. A minimum of FAW C license GK or equivalent is desirable but must be attained by the end of the 19/20 season. CPD support will be provided if and where needed for your career progression. This is a paid position which is negotiable based on experience.
We operate 11 teams throughout the Academy, thus we are looking for passionate individuals to join us and develop our wonderful players. Reporting to the Head of Phase, you will look or assist an age depending your experience. Commitment will be part time and consist of 2 sessions per week and the majority of games will be on weekends. CPD support will be provided based of commitment for any coach who wants to join and we are looking for coaches with a minimum of UEFA/FAW C license or equivalent, or must be attained by the end of 2019/20 season. These positions are paid based on current qualifications and details on the remuneration can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
ACADEMY VIDEO ANALYST
We are looking for someone to come in, take this role and make it their own. You will have experience in filming / analysing matches and presenting this data back to coaches and players. We are looking for an undergraduate who is looking for hands on experience or someone with the knowledge and passion to develop our academy program. Commitment is part time and will consist of filming sessions per week and a game for the competitive ages on the weekend. This is a new position, and will be paid based on current qualifications and experience.
ACADEMY MEDIA OFFICER/JOURNALIST
Another new position, we are looking for someone with a great understanding of using media tools such as social media/website and other platforms to raise the profile and promote the great work the academy is doing within our area, to attract new audiences to our games and also to actively engage with the academy structure but also with the local community of RCT. Commitment is negotiable and attendance at training and games can be flexible. This is a new position, and expenses will be reimbursed.
IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE ROLES, PLEASE SEND YOUR CV AND A BRIEF SUPPORTING STATEMENT WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE #CAMARMY
IF YOU WOULD LIKE AN INFORMAL CHAT OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EITHER EMAIL MARK MORGANS - DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
WITH YOUR QUESTIONS OR LEAVE YOUR DIRECT CONTACT DETAILS AND REQUEST A CALL BACK TO DISCUSS.
The #CamArmy have been drawn against JD Welsh Premier League giants Barry Town United in the FAW Nathaniel MG Cup! The game will be played on Tuesday night under the lights on 28th August 2018 at the M&P 3G in Clydach Vale! We would like to invite all football fans within the Rhondda area and far and wide to come and watch what we are sure will be a spectacle for South Wales Football! Kick Off is 7.45pm! We need all the support we can get so we can cause a monumental upset. #CamArmy