The National Winners for 2016 McDonald's Welsh Community Football Awards are:
Canton Rangers have been a fantastic influence on the local community for the past 16 years however despite this in 2015 the club received the devastating news that the rent for their home, Cantonian High School, was to increase by 60%.
The club therefore had to made the brave decision to leave, putting their members first by ensuring costs were kept as low as possible.
Despite this, ever since Canton's success has grown from strength to strength. Through a continued commitment to inclusive, fun and engaging football for all they have been awarded silver accreditation for the first time and have expanded the club to more than 25 teams, 300 players and 60 volunteers.
‘Game On Wales’ have had a massive impact on grassroots football in Wales in a number of ways. They set up the first Over 50’s Walking Football club in RCT and established a South East Walking Football network to establish competitive tournament opportunities.
‘Game on Wales’ engaged over 2000 young people through football ‘Turn Up and Play’ leagues across Wales in partnership with Wrexham FC, Cardiff City FC, Merthyr Town, Swansea City FC, Port Talbot Town FC plus a number of partners from the public and private sectors (Youth Service, Housing Associations).
Additionally, they’ve delivered on a Sport Wales funded project to address provision gaps for girls football in RCT, creating a clear pathway which has resulted in the development of new girl’s teams entering the South Wales Women’s & Girls’ League.
Ysgol Estyn Primary provide opportunities for all children aged from 4 – 11 to participate in both curricular and extra-curricular football sessions. They have been instrumental in organising fixtures with other primary schools as well as feeder high schools.
In recent years they have focused heavily on getting more girls playing the game. The school currently has 25 girls from years 4 – 6 attending after school sessions and the headmaster has been influential in organising leagues for girls in Flintshire and Wrexham.
Girl’s participation is rightfully viewed equally as important as the mixed or boy’s sessions and the work that the school has done to encourage as many pupils as possible to get involved in football deserves recognition.
When Herbie took over Llandudno FC along with his late wife Molly in 1999, the club was about to dissolve, but they were determined to keep it going and as a family took over the running of the club voluntarily.
From there on in they have sought sponsorship and investment to have the infrastructure in place you see today, creating a real community hub for the town.
Herbie has given everything to the club and more and after suffering two heart attacks last year, he is still there every single day helping to maintain standards and watching the project he started 17 years ago blossom into the thriving community club that it is today.
Mathew is 'Mr Fishguard Sports'. He has overseen the development of Junior Boys and Girls teams for the last ten years overseeing a huge increase in junior participation.
In the last three years alone Junior Girls team has been set up with up to fifty girls training weekly which is incredible for such a small rural area. Mathew has also established a Disability team which train weekly and compete in tournaments across South West Wales.
Additionally, he has been instrumental in the Club moving to a brand new pitch which has been much needed for years. His constant positive attitude and commitment to the game are an inspiration to the Community.
Sara is currently the Director of the NW Wales Girls Performance Centre. She is very committed and works tirelessly to ensure that she can create the most professional environment for her Performance Centre players on a weekly basis.
Considering Sara has just completed her final year at university and has graduated with a Sports Science Degree, her enthusiasm and the time she has taken to develop her coaching skills, in order to help progress her players this year has been excellent.
Sara has a great relationship with the players, their parents, local coaches and local clubs, in the North Wales area and she is now working to do the same throughout Wales having now become a coach on the National U15 Girls Development squad.
Lloyd currently studies Sports Science at Cardiff Met University having previously been an active volunteer on the St Joseph High School 5x60 programme.
During his time as a volunteer at St Joseph’s he learnt the key elements of leading sports sessions which is evident from his professionalism. Lloyd helps to support Newport Centre Friday Football where a minimum of 30 young people of a variety of age and ability attend every week.
Lloyd is extremely committed, and never misses session. He doesn’t drive and therefore travels across the city by bike or on foot ensuring that others have the opportunity to play the beautiful game.
Keiran's manages over 50 children as part of Brymbo U9's and U12's. Not just limited to match days, this involves taking training and spending all week planning sessions to keep things moving forward.
He works 12 hour shifts and still fins the time and energy to give back to the community. He has led out the U9's to the Wrexham Racecourse Ground on their first season and U12's 3 times through the fair play award.
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