Forget Gavin and Stacey and an iconic amusement arcade, there’s more to the seaside town of Barry than a BBC sitcom and a former Butlin’s holiday camp.
There has been a football club in the town for more than a century, and the history books tell its sometimes turbulent tale over that time.
But at the heart of the ups and downs is a dedicated fan-base, committed to supporting its team and playing a part in bringing further success to Jenner Park.
“I made the film, Up the Town, with Barry Town United because although their story is well documented, I didn’t think the stories of the people themselves had been told very well,” said Rhys Skinner, a final year student.
“I made the film to educate people on how incredible this club’s story is and to hopefully inspire people to go down and watch them play. Local football clubs can be the lifeblood of a community and I think you can see this in how hard Barry Town United fans fought to save their club – it’s a huge part of their community and their lives.”
“I think that it’s common for fans to be detached from their clubs now, but Barry is a proper community club with a fan base that have a deep connection to their team.
“I’ve always had a passion for football and in my final year I wanted to start working in the sport because my desire is to be a sports photographer when I finish university.
“Along with the film I’m working as the club’s photographer this year, building a portfolio of sports photography work that should help me find a job.”