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S4C to double live broadcasts of women’s football in Wales

25 Aug 2023 3 minute read
Wrexham v Briton Ferry – Image: S4C

S4C is increasing its commitment to women’s football by more than doubling the number of live broadcasts of the sport this year.

For the first time ever, the channel will broadcast 3 domestic competitions and one international Welsh women’s football competition.

The three competitions will be the Genero Adran Premier, the Genero Adran Trophy, and the Bute Energy Welsh Cup, as well as broadcasting the highlights of the international games in the Nations League.

The Genero Adran Premier season will start with Wrexham v Swansea and the game will be shown on S4C on 17 September with kick-off at 5.45pm.

This will be Wrexham women’s first game in the Welsh top flight after gaining promotion last season.

Sioned Dafydd will present, with former internationals Gwennan Harries and Katie Sherwood providing analysis as part of the Sgorio team.

Sioned said: “The popularity of women’s football matches has increased so much, and it’s great that S4C can reflect the interest and the fantastic standard there is across the Welsh football fields on the channel.

“It’s a huge privilege to be part of the amazing Sgorio team who are so enthusiastic about promoting the women’s game here in Wales.

“This match between Wrexham and Swansea is going to be some occasion – Wrexham’s first game in the Genero Adran Premier against one of the most successful clubs in the league’s history, Swansea.

“It looks like it’s going to be quite an occasion at The Rock.”

Equality

Lowri Roberts, Head of Women’s and Girls’ Football with the Football Association of Wales, said: “In order to create an equal game, everyone must be able to see the women’s game visibly on our screens, and that young girls can see themselves in the game.

“S4C’s commitment to show more games this year is going to help us grow the game across the country. And with several clubs in the Genero Adran Premier moving to being semi-pro, the standard will continue to improve every year. What an exciting game to start!”

Every Monday night, the highlights of one game from the Genero Adran Premier will be shown on the Sgorio programme.

S4C will also broadcast highlights from all six of Wales’ games in the Nations League this season, starting with Iceland v Wales on 22 September.

Geraint Evans, S4C’s Director of Content and Publishing Strategy, said: “We are very proud to give more attention to women’s football on S4C. The interest in the game is growing, the standard is rising, and we have a duty to give the players a proper platform.

“Hand in hand with the highlights of Wales’ international women’s matches, we hope that S4C will be able to inspire even more women to play and follow football.”


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Rheinallt morgan
Rheinallt morgan
7 months ago

Excellent news the women’s game has the potential to be as popular and as well rewarded as the men’s game. The Lionesses have shown that. The women of Wales can do just as well.

Robert
7 months ago

S4C needs an S4C 2 channel.

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

We have games being streamed on Clic Arlein!

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
7 months ago

I watched the final last year Llansawel against someone….I’m a big fan of Sgorio & watch all the live games……but the standard of play was awful, totally different to the proessional womens game….it has put me off womens football for life. I fear this may do the same for many.

Bachgen o Lerpwl
7 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

I saw that game. One if the best S4C has shown

Stephen Gauvain
Stephen Gauvain
7 months ago

it would be nice if Cardiff City Ladies FC (CCLFC) got a mention let alone TV coverage as they are the most successful women’s Football club we have in Wales, but as they play in the English FA not much chance of that happening, as for the “standard of play” I think you’ll find CCLFC hold their own in the 3rd tier of the English FA women’s National league, and if you want to see a good woman’s game of football come and see one at Ocean Park, in Cardiff on our Sunday home games, I can guarantee a proper… Read more »

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