Green light Vale of Clwyd Football Club are asking more coaches to help expand their youth division.
St Asaph City, who manage two senior teams in the North Wales Ardal Leagues, are also fielding over 80 young players in five teams from U-6 to U-12 in the Rhyl and District Junior League, with a new 20-footer -Storage unit by Denbigh- Container Sales Service to house their matchday and training gear.
Over the past six years, the club, based at Roe Plas on the River Elwy in the heart of one of Britain’s smallest towns, have made a number of ground improvements including new hard pitches on two sides of the pitch, improved dressing rooms and a 100-seat stand.
Club chairman John Roberts is keen to hire more coaches to meet demand from local youngsters to join the club and he said: “We train here over 80s two nights a week but we have had to turn some away.
“The coaches we have are doing a great job and we’re supporting them to get their qualifications, but we could use more people to come forward to help because then we could give more young players a game of football because they going to be the next generation of the club.
“We used to manage U16 and U13 teams but found it difficult to retain youthful players during Covid but we had such demand from primary school aged children.
“They have been the hardest hit by the lockdowns and being able to play football with their friends is really good for their mental health. So we increased the number of players and could do even more if we could recruit more coaches.
“They all receive their coaching badges, safety and first aid training provided by the club and we’d really like to hear from anyone interested in helping.”
The new unit, which has 1280 cubic feet of storage space for balls, nets, training cones, corner flags and the rest of a football club’s paraphernalia, was installed with a £4,000 grant from the Gwynt y Mor Wind Farm Fund and paid for by the Container Sales Centre.
CSC Sales Advisor Lisa James said: “The club is very busy and it’s great to see so many young people using the facilities down here.
“They have a fantastic youth department here and run so many teams I can see why they needed the extra storage space.
“We are finding that many local sports clubs and leisure and recreational sports facilities are in need of additional space now that life is returning to normal and storage space is perfect for them.”
John Roberts added, “Our old storage facility was past its useful life and it was great to be able to find a solution to our storage problems so close to home and CSC did a great job for us.
“This is not an easily accessible location, but with their expertise, local business connections and fast service, they sorted us out very quickly with on-site unit delivery, allowing us to store our equipment safely and out of sight.”
CSC specializes in the sale of new and used shipping containers ranging in size from 10ft long to 20ft to 40ft units, all 8ft high and 8ft wide, with volumes ranging from 640 to 2,560 cubic feet.
Lisa added: “Containers are versatile and ideal for so many different uses, and we’re finding that demand for them has increased significantly.
“An advantage of buying direct is that you can also paint the exterior to your own taste, including your company branding if you are starting your own business.
“Our units have been used to house a flight simulator and even as an indoor coffee bar and with our special truck we can deliver containers up to 40ft long and also arrange for units to be transported to other locations.”