YNYS Môn’s men and women footballers will see their preparations kicked up a notch as the Inter-Games tournament draws ever closer.

Campbell Harrison’s Men’s squad will travel to the Giant Hospitality Stadium for a friendly fixture on Tuesday January 15 against JD Welsh Premier League side Llandudno (7.45pm), following successful trial games last year that saw 70 players stake their claim for a spot in the squad.

The women’s squad will get together twice in January for two training sessions at Plas Arthur’s new 3G facility under boss Karen Williams to ensure they are fully ready for the tournament, which will be hosted on Anglesey in June.

Harrison, said: “We want 2019 to be a big year for football on Ynys Môn, and kicking off the year with a friendly against JD Welsh Premier League opposition is a great chance for us to see exactly where we’re at as a group, what we need to work on and the direction we want to take this team in going forward.

“The trial games last year were very beneficial for all concerned. We got to see the island’s best and brightest show their passion for representing their home, there was great talent on show and it was very encouraging – now the hard work starts as we try to whittle down over 70 players into a final squad that will represent Ynys Môn in the summer.

“We thank Llandudno FC very much for agreeing to this fixture, it will be a great opportunity for everyone involved to compete against high quality opposition at a great facility, and we’re looking forward to taking the first steps on the next stage of the journey for this team on January 15.”

Williams has been “encouraged” with the initial sessions involving the women’s side, adding: “If we get the right players together and preparations go well, there is real potential to win a medal, and we’re looking forward to getting together for two training sessions this month to keep building for the summer."