University of South Wales’ BA Sports Journalism duo conduct FAW Trophy & Women’s Cup draws

by Callum Ellis

TWO students on the BA Sports Journalism course at the University of South Wales got the chance to conduct the Football Association of Wales’ Trophy and Women’s Cup draw.

Founder of Welsh domestic football website Y Clwb Pel-Droed, Jordan Jones and fellow contributor Tom Pritchard were invited to the FAW headquarters at Neptune Court on Monday afternoon.

Jones and Pritchard, who are both second year students at the university’s Cardiff campus, have contributed to significantly building the profile of the domestic game.

FAW’s Head of Competitions, Andrew Howard, was the officiator for the semi-finals draws, which were broadcast live on the organisation’s official Twitter account.

“It was a rewarding and unique experience to celebrate the coverage we have provided for the domestic game,” said Jones.

“Drawing fixtures of such importance for the very first time was something special.

“I am thankful to Andrew Howard and the FAW for allowing us to gain accreditation for various competitions throughout this season’s campaign.

“The organisation has really helped us to grow our platform, which in turn has enabled us to promote Welsh football.

“I wish all the teams the best of luck in the next round of the competitions. It will be good to witness a north versus south double-header which should gauge interest between both regions.”

Jones and Pritchard at Jenner Park for the 2019 Nathaniel MG Cup Final. Image: Will Cheshire

Pritchard added: “It’s great to see the work that we do being recognised by the governing body for football in Wales.

“Getting an opportunity like this reminds you just why you put the hard work in to promote the game in Wales, and hopefully the coverage continues to grow and grow.”

Sports Journalism course leader Julie Kissick said: “This was a fantastic experience for Jordan and Tom, who are starting to get a name for themselves because of the work they do week in, week out, come rain or shine.

“This experience will help to put that work and them on the map, which is exactly what they deserve.”

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