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World class award for village club
Team photo
A Nigerian professional wanted to play for Bethel
A small football club in north Wales can now boast to be in the same league as some of the world's best professional teams, thanks to a local web designer.

Bethel football club's website has been named the best soccer website world-wide for June.

Previous winners of the accolade given by the Soccer Highway website have included Barcelona, Liverpool FC and the Scottish FA.

Launched in December 2002, the bilingual site for Clwb PÍl-droed Bethel has been created by web design company, Delwedd, which is based in the village near Caernarfon.

Mike Roberts from Delwedd said he was delighted with the award which has given the club a much higher profile.

You need to visit this vibrant site to appreciate why it wins hands down
Welsh Football Magazine

"It's great. I couldn't believe it when I heard because it appears that thousands of sites try to win the title each month," he said.

"I'm still waiting for the statistics on how many hits we've had but there has been a lot of interest.

"We have even had our on-line membership form filled by a professional football player from Nigeria.

"It is aimed at youngsters who want to send information about themselves to us.

"But he was 25 years old and a professional who wanted to play for Bethel!"

The Bethel website has already received national recognition as the Welsh Football Magazine's Best New Welsh Club Website at the annual awards held in May .

The magazine's judges said the site had won "hands down".

'Drive and initiative'

"You need to visit this vibrant site to appreciate why it wins hands down this year," said one.

"So much information, bang up to date, and the medium of the internet being used to raise awareness of the club, to provide timely information and news and to bring in sponsorship.

"If only more clubs - and those far more senior than Bethel! - had the same drive and initiative."

The club's team plays in the Caernarfon and District League and won the coveted North Wales Junior Cup in 2002.

The 60-page site took eight weeks to complete and includes information about the senior and junior teams as well as results, fixtures, free downloads and an online auction.

"This will be useful tool to all the players and visiting sides, bringing the club into the 21st Century," said chairman of the senior side, Trevor Foulkes.


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