Football clubs across Wales are benefitting from a new partnership established this season between the Welsh Football Trust and Club Website, the UK's number one provider of professional websites for amateur football clubs and leagues.
The partnership, which began at the start of this season, has proved a great success across Wales with more than 250 clubs and 10 leagues already signed up to take advantage of the free website service offered by Club Website.
One of those clubs is Llanrwst FC, whose commercial manager and first team coach Adam Jones is delighted with the service. "Club Website has helped lift the profile of Llanrwst FC and has also saved the club around £400-£500 in costs to set up a website of its own," he said.
"The website is so easy to update and only requires a very basic knowledge of computing, plus different individuals can update those areas that they have responsibility for, so the club are not reliant on one person to update the whole website."
Club Website provides an easy-to-use template system for clubs and leagues to build their own websites - a one-stop shop for all their latest news, fixtures, results, player profiles and much more.
While streamlining administration and improving communications, Club Website's service also helps generate additional revenue for clubs and leagues, something welcomed by officials across Wales, including Cardigan Town FC chairman Steve Harper.
"The functions and facilities Club Website offers brings a new dimension to amateur football clubs," he said. "This has enabled us to promote the club and its sponsors on a larger scale across the whole local community. It is now a major element of running the club and long may it continue to develop."
The partnership with Club Website is a part of the Welsh Football Trust's ongoing support for football in Wales. Neil Ward, Chief Executive of the Trust, is delighted with the partnership to date and would like even more clubs and leagues to take up the service.
"The introduction of Club Website's free website service has proved to be an extremely well received facility for clubs who are keen to improve their services and increase efficiency, communication and interaction with their players and the wider community in which they operate.
"The number of clubs that have already taken up the free facility is extremely encouraging, and we hope that as more follow suit, teams and clubs across Wales will be enhanced as a result of their new websites."
Interested football officials wishing to join the 250 clubs and 10 leagues in Wales already benefitting from the Club Website service can sign up here.
Registration is simple and, within a matter of minutes, clubs could join the likes of Nefyn United FC, who began using the service this season.
United's first team secretary Eifion Parry has been "very impressed" with how easy it is to start your own website and with how good the results have been.
"Within a fortnight we had more than 2,000 hits so your club gets much more recognition," he said. "Plus, as it’s free, there's nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Club Website is highly recommended!"