Cymoedd players announced in Wales’s women’s squad

Two Coleg y Cymoedd learners on the Elite Women’s Football Academy have been named in the Wales Women’s National Team.

The Wales Women’s National Team squad has been announced by Manager Jayne Ludlow ahead of qualifying match against Kazakhstan in Haverfordwest.

Players Chloe Chivers & Shaunna Jenkins are both in the Elite female football Academy, offered in partnership with Football Academy Wales, based at the Ystrad Mynach campus of Coleg y Cymoedd.

The Wales Women’s National Team play Kazakhstan in a UEFA Women’s EURO qualifier on Thursday, 26 November at the Conygar Bridge Meadow Stadium in Haverfordwest.

16 year old Shaunna Jenkins from Aberaeron who plays for Cwmbran Celtic said: “Being in the Elite Academy has really helped us improve and understand what is takes to become a top level footballer. This is a fantastic opportunity for us and I am really excited.”

Chloe Chivers, 16, from Abertillery who also plays for Cwmbran Celtic said: “We’re lucky in college to be able to study every morning and train every afternoon. It’s a huge honour to go away with the Welsh squad and college have been really supportive.”

Wales go into the match on the back of two away defeats Austria (3-0) and Norway (4-0) but will be looking for their first win against Kazakhstan, who are also yet to win but earned a point in Israel following a 0-0 draw.

Learners who have joined the Academy from all over the country are celebrating the opportunity to represent Wales in international competitions. Alongside their top level training, the learners are studying for vocational sport qualifications or A Levels.

The Elite Football Academy learners benefit from training on the extensive facilities at the multi-million pound Caerphilly Sport Centre of Excellence, which is adjacent to the Ystrad Mynach campus.

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