Football-mad girl ‘struggled’ to find team

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Girls are better at football than boys” When football-mad Ayah Abduldaim moved to Cardiff from Libya aged 11, she spoke little English and struggled to find a team to play with. But that love of the game helped her to settle in her new home and is still a major part of her life. Now 19, she coaches girls in Grangetown in a similar position for the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust. Wales has 370 girls’ teams but 3,438 for boys – the FAW Trust wants 20,000 registered girls playing by 2024. When Ayah arrived at Fitzalan High School, her educational background meant she had to study at a primary school-level …

Snow causes ‘hazardous’ road conditions

Two football matches in the Cymru Premier have been called off due to the weather – Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met and The New Saints v Carmarthen Town. Image Copyright @Steffan_W_1991 @Steffan_W_1991 A mountain bike centre at Llandegla, Denbighshire, has been forced to close due to deteriorating conditions on nearby roads, according to One Planet Adventure which runs the facilities. Other roads affected by the snow include: A470 Dolgellau to Mallwyd A458 Llanfair Caereinion to Welshpool A483 Newtown to Berriew BBC Wales forecaster Derek Brockway said rain was spreading across Wales with snow in other areas. Report End of Twitter post by @BreconMRT Image copyright BBC Weather Watchers/Jak Image caption Snow in Pen-y-bont-fawr, Powys Report End of Twitter post by …

Fans’ group opposes facial ID technology at derby

In pictures: Fans at the 2013 derby Fans praised after ‘trouble free’ derby Fans urged to give positive image Skip Twitter post by @swpolice Our watchlist, as always, is event-specific and is only being used to reduce the threat of or likelihood of disorder. Those on our watchlist have previously been convicted of offences at football matches and all have valid banning orders not to attend today's game. #SWACAR ^jc pic.twitter.com/MOWk3Afg1X — South Wales Police (@swpolice) October 27, 2019 Mr Alm said: “We strongly oppose the police decision to use facial recognition. “It’s just a local football match, yet we haven’t had a say and we can’t opt out.” Campaign group Big Brother Watch said “intrusive mass surveillance treats all …

MPs slate ITV ‘failure’ over Jeremy Kyle aftercare

Jeremy Kyle guests ‘treated like police suspects’ Jeremy Kyle working on pilot for new ITV show ITV grilled over Kyle lie detectors How The Jeremy Kyle Show became a ‘toxic brand’ ITV added that “the physical and mental health of everyone we work with is our highest priority” and it was working across the industry to “share best practice and continue to strengthen and evolve our duty of care processes”. The broadcaster said the participation of the public in TV programmes has been right at the heart of TV since it began.” It said: “We believe that these shows are all the better for the talent, energy and diversity of the members of the public who take part in them, …

Garden opens on site of Leicester helicopter crash

‘Worst moment in the history of Leicester City’ A tragedy that stunned football – told by those who were there Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, members of Mr Vichai’s staff, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died when the helicopter spiralled out of control after taking off from the club’s stadium. Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The garden took more than three weeks to build Image caption Tributes have been sealed into this well, which is believed to have been built on the spot where Mr Vichai died Vardy visited the site while the garden was still being built. He said: “We want to carry on that legacy that Khun Vichai wanted. This is his garden, …

Liverpool win legal battle over New Balance deal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nike said sports stars like Serena Williams could promote Liverpool products Giving his ruling in London, Mr Justice Teare ruled in Liverpool’s favour, finding that “the New Balance offer on marketing was less favourable to Liverpool FC than the Nike offer”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Balance was responsible for designing Liverpool’s strips and training kit Guy Morpuss QC, representing the Premier League club, said New Balance’s claim it could distribute the club’s kit to 40,000 stores was “a myth”, adding the company had “grossly overstated” the number of stores to which it could distribute. “The idea that New Balance would even get football kit into anything close to those 40,000 stores …

The two towns mourning their lost boys

It was a blustery February afternoon when Yvonne Welsh shut the door of her Motherwell home. She had gone to run errands and had left one of her three sons, Lloyd, playing video games in his bedroom. Having been away for no more than 40 minutes, Yvonne returned to an unusually quiet house. “I shouted up to Lloyd that I’d got a McDonald’s. I texted him. He didn’t reply. He always had his phone on him. I shouted on him. No reply.” Moments later she discovered her son was dead. Lloyd’s parents and brothers try to remember the smiling young man who would play practical jokes, and not the boy who retreated into himself in the last year of his …

Eleven arrested in trouble at Leeds stadium

Police said officers were deployed between supporters outside the ground for about 45 minutes before fans dispersed. Match commander Ch Insp Jon Arrowsuch said the 11 arrests were made both inside and outside the stadium. “Clearly these were scenes no-one would wish to see and we will be examining CCTV footage and working with both clubs as we investigate what took place,” he said. Leeds won the game 1-0 as the club marked its centenary.

Johnson, Arcuri, and the mysterious Annie Tacker

Jennifer Arcuri and Boris Johnson: What’s the story about? There was no ‘favouritism’ over Boris Johnson links One of the questions MPs want the review to address is the extent of the company’s links to the UK. The fund was intended for UK-registered companies only. Digital and Broadband minister Matt Warman told MPs in September that Hacker House had a British phone number. But several people including Labour’s shadow culture secretary Tom Watson pointed out that calls to that number were being answered by someone in California. Now questions have been raised about one of the company’s employees claiming to be based in the UK. At a hearing of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Wednesday, Paul Farrelly, …

Fans walk to honour helicopter crash victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fans said Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had brought the city and its people closer together Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The march took place before Leicester’s game against Burnley Follow BBC East Midlands on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Send your story ideas to eastmidsnews@bbc.co.uk.

Cyrille Regis inducted into football Hall of Fame

Image caption Mr Regis’s family accepted the award, presented by The National Football Museum’s Tim Desmond and former player John Barnes John Barnes said it was an honour to be presenting the award in memory of the “iconic” player who was an inspiration to so many black footballers. “Cyrille was a superstar on so many levels but remained grounded and humble,” he said. The presentation took place at Villa Park during a mentoring event organised by the Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust “Strike A Change” project. Julia Regis, chair of the trust, said she was touched by the gesture. She said: “Cyrille always had time for people. The tributes over the past 18 months have been so overwhelming and just go …

The university class filled with Olympians

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOlympian athletes take a Swansea University course A group of seven former Olympians is set to be the last students to take on a degree at a Welsh university before the course moves to Belgium. The course – a master’s in sports ethics and integrity at Swansea University – aims to teach future sports administrators about anti-doping, illegal betting and child protection. The class of 26 has won two Olympic gold medals, three silvers and a bronze, and one student holds the fifth-longest standing world record in athletics history. That man is Kevin Young, a 400m hurdler whose time of 46.78s at the 1992 games in Barcelona has still not been beaten. …

Climate protesters ‘uncooperative crusties’ – PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDozens of people have been arrested around the world Extinction Rebellion protesters on the streets of London have been labelled “uncooperative crusties” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The demonstrators – who are demanding action on climate change – should abandon their “hemp-smelling bivouacs” and stop blocking roads, the PM added. Police have already arrested 280 people in London at the start of two weeks of protests by environmental campaigners. Mr Johnson made the comments at a book launch on Monday evening. “I am afraid that the security people didn’t want me to come along tonight because they said the road was full of uncooperative crusties and protesters of all kinds littering the …

Libraries and museums get share of 250m boost

More than £90m will go to extending the Cultural Development Fund, which is for arts, culture, heritage and the creative industries in towns and cities outside London. The fund was launched last year, with the first grants going to projects hoping to spark regeneration in Grimsby, the Thames Estuary, Plymouth, Wakefield and Worcester. A further £7m has been allocated to Coventry for its plans as UK City of Culture 2021, while £18.5m has been allocated to York’s National Railway Museum. “This is wonderful news for the National Railway Museum – and for the City of York,” museum director Judith McNicol said, noting it could help to turn the museum into “a truly world-class attraction”. ‘Swingeing cuts’ Many of the nation’s …

Johnson ‘fails to answer Arcuri questions’

A London Assembly spokeswoman told the BBC the letter “doesn’t answer any of the questions we asked”, adding: “I can’t understand why it is labelled confidential.” No 10 responds to Arcuri details request No ‘favouritism’ over Johnson links, Arcuri says Jennifer Arcuri: What’s the story about? The assembly is now seeking legal advice over whether members of its oversight committee can discuss the contents of the letter at their meeting next week. In a statement, Len Duvall, Labour chairman of the committee, said: “We did finally receive a response from Boris Johnson, through his solicitors, which they have indicated may not be published. At this stage we are respecting that, but we are seeking further clarification. “Nothing in the response, …

No ‘favouritism’ over Johnson links, Arcuri says

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJennifer Arcuri: “I’m not going to put myself in a position where you can weaponise my answer” A US businesswoman at the centre of a row over whether Boris Johnson failed to declare a conflict of interest says he never showed her “any favouritism”. Jennifer Arcuri also refused to say whether the pair had an intimate relationship when he was London mayor. Ms Arcuri told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that Mr Johnson spoke at events she ran and came to her flat – also her office – “a handful” of times. The PM denied breaking any rules of conduct, but would not comment further. He has insisted everything was done “entirely in …