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NEWS ROUNDUP: Coronavirus infection rate is up & Welsh player joins Man City Academy


The coronavirus infection rate in Wales has risen and a young Welsh football player has secured a place at the Manchester City Academy. 

The coronavirus infection rate in Wales has increased. The latest figures suggest 135.7 people per 100,000 have the virus in Wales. Denbighshire and Conwy are currently the worst affected areas.

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An aspiring Welsh football star is one step closer to achieving her dream after securing top grades and landing a place with Manchester City.
Maria Francis-Jones, from Llanidloes in Powys, has been selected to join City’s female football academy, where she will train while completing a degree in sport and exercise science at Manchester Met University.

Wales international Maria – who competed in the Euro qualifiers last year in Norway and is set to play at the World Cup qualifiers later this year – will play for Man City’s under 23s academy and is aiming to win a professional contract with the team by the end of 2021.

Maria, from Llanidloes in Powys, moved to Nantgarw by herself in 2019 aged 16 to join The Football Association of Wales’ (FAW) Elite Female Football Academy at Coleg y Cymoedd.

Over the last two years, her place at the academy has seen her combine daily football coaching sessions with full time study – completing a Btec sport course.

“Moving away at 16 was daunting and I was worried that I would miss home, but joining the academy was really exciting and I knew it could open up a lot of doors for me,” he said.

“I was already having to travel to South Wales twice a week to train with the FAW anyway so it made sense for me to take the next step and move over full time.

“Football has definitely been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and I’ve always wanted to become a professional footballer.

“I love the game and couldn’t ever imagine having a ‘normal job’.

“Joining Coleg y Cymoedd and the Elite Football Academy really helped me pursue my dream. It’s enabled me to get professional training and opened up so many opportunities including playing for Wales which has been incredible.”


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