Members of an amateur youth football team and their coaches were verbally and physically attacked by a group of youths in an incident that that left two in hospital.
The attack at Parc Ynysderw Playing Fields left one football coach with broken ribs.
In an online statement, Pontardawe Town FC said: “We are sad to report that on the evening of Monday 9th August there was an incident at Parc Ynysderw Playing Fields where coaches and players of Pontardawe Town FC were subjected to verbal and physical abuse by a number of youngsters resulting in the assault of a coach and a young player.
“Both required hospital treatment for their injuries and our coach has sustained a number of broken ribs and bruising. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
“This is an incident which has shocked the whole club. We are a club of volunteers who always work to the highest standards to protect our coaches and players but sadly in recent weeks we have seen an increase in this type of behaviour down at Parc Ynysderw.
“The club will now work with the Police and local authorities to catch the people that did this and will also review procedures in terms of training and match days to see if there is anything we can do further.
“If you have any information relating to this incident please contact the local police.”
A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “South Wales Police were called to reports of an assault near Ynysderw Road, Pontardawe, at around 7.30pm yesterday, 9th August.
“One 50-year-old man has been taken to hospital to be treated for injuries. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Parc Ynysderw is the site of the controversial new superschool recently approved by Neath Port Talbot Council that will see Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg Primary schools close.
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