Bull run churchman stampedes ahead with footie idea
A MINISTER is laying down the gauntlet to other churches and chapels in Carmarthen to help launch a youth football league.
The Reverend Mike Shephard at Babell Chapel in Pensarn first raised the idea of a five-a-side youth church league in February.
Spearheading the way forward he has recruited four eager lads and is on the look out for a fifth to complete the chapel's team.
It is a branch of from the chapel's new friendship centre which launches tomorrow at the chapel which will be open to the whole community with events and gatherings.
Mr Shephard said: "The idea of a football team stems from the wider aims of the chapel to create a community focal point.
"It would be great to have churches and chapels from across Carmarthen joining in with youngsters for a team."
The Journal has reported on how Mr Shephard had been charged by a herd of bulls while on a fundraising trek around Anglesey for the chapel.
Luckily, he was unscathed apart from cuts and bruises from falling over a fence.
However, the ordeal may have inspired the name of the new team.
Mr Shephard said a suggestion of calling the team Babell Bulls was "not a bad and quite a nice idea".
Looking at setting up a team, Mr Shephard said: "It's an idea I had when I was at the Baptist Church in Lammas Street more than a decade ago.
"I think it could really work. I am told that a knock-out football competition involving churches has taken place in Carmarthen in the past, particularly among Welsh-speaking churches.
"I don't know how many churches or chapels would get involved, but it is something I want to explore."
He added: "We need one more player to complete the Babell team and will be looking to others to set up teams for competition. I want it to be open to boys and girls."
To join the Babell team contact Mr Shephard on 01558 822595.
Junior sport — see pages 66 & 67