Conwy Turns Blue For Prostate Cymru

On Friday 21st September Conwy Borough FC, known as “the tangerines”, turned blue in support of Prostate Cymru at their local derby match vs Rhyl FC. With members of the club having been affected by prostate cancer recently, the most common cancer diagnosed in Welsh men, Conwy Borough FC teamed up with Prostate Cymru to raise awareness and funds.

Prior to the match, the eighteen man squad of the semi-professional football club under the captainship of Gerwyn Jones trained in Prostate Cymru t-shirts and listened to key facts about prostate diseases including prostate cancer at their pre-match talk. During the match the team wore a specially designed blue kit instead of their usual orange. Fans battled stormy weather and flooded roads to reach the Huws Gray Alliance League match and despite the weather Conwy Borough Football Club recorded the highest numbers on the gate so far this year. Conwy fans were rewarded for their attendance with a 2 – 0 win over Rhyl.

The club produced a special blue match day programme and included an insert from local assembly member Janet Finch-Saunders expressing her best wishes for the fundraising and awareness evening. Fans from both Conwy and Rhyl were encouraged to wear blue in support of the charity at the match which kicked off at 7:30pm.

Marketing & Events Coordinator Owen Pugsley and Chief Executive Tina Tew from Prostate Cymru were at the event to raise awareness of prostate diseases including benign prostate disease and prostate cancer. Fundraising also took place with charity t-shirts for sale, a raffle, a bucket collection carried out by local volunteers and a percentage of the match ticket sales donated to Prostate Cymru.

The evening was part of the More Than A Club initiative, a programme dedicated to helping clubs use the power of football to develop links within their local communities. Conwy Borough FC is one of four clubs from Wales and Ireland taking part in the More Than A Club project, led by the Football Association of Ireland and social enterprise Vi-Ability, to develop and deliver innovative social programmes centred around health, education and social inclusion.

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