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KIT WINNERS: Barry Welsh Dragons U9.

KIT WINNERS: Barry Welsh Dragons U9.

First published in Search

A YOUNG Welsh-speaking club that only formed at the start of this football season has become the latest winner of a new free team kit scheme for clubs in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Barry Welsh Dragons U9, who train at Bro Morgannwg school, were nominated by dad Richard Marshall and will receive team tracksuits worth up to £500 from Barry-based business Cranleigh, which is now looking for another team to give kit to in March.

Bad weather has meant that the U9s team has only been able to play three games since October, but coach Mark Hinder said there was plenty of spirit in the new side.

"They're still getting used to playing together," said Mr Hinder, whose daughter Lucy plays for the side.

"But you can already see they really enjoy taking part."

Barry Welsh Dragons was formed at the same time as the U9s, and also has an U8s team and two U10 teams. The club takes players from the five Welsh medium schools in the Barry area.

Mr Hinder said: "My team, which I coach along with Joe Harrison, are taking part in a football tournament in Devon in April and the tracksuits we're getting from Cranleigh will be fantastic for that.

"They will give the team a bit more pride."

Nominating a team or club is easy. Just visit the Cranleigh website at and click through from the home page to the free kit page.

It contains details of how to nominate, as well as entry rules.

"We received some 400 nominations this month, which is really, really good for only our second month of running the free kit scheme," said Peter Balchin, Managing Director of Cranleigh.

"We're delighted that Barry Welsh Dragons U9s are February's winners, and their decision to pick tracksuits shows that we can be flexible in the kit that we give away."

Entry is open to all amateur teams and sides in the Vale whether football, rugby, table tennis, darts or others.

Nominations are not restricted to club members, so relatives and friends are also welcome to put teams forward, and there is no cost for nominating.

A winner will be drawn at random on the first Monday of every month in 2009 from nominations entered via the Cranleigh website before midnight on the Sunday before the draw.

To nominate a local club for Cranleigh's free kit scheme, visit to register.

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