Caernarfon Town scoop Fun Football Provider of the Year as volunteer Jessica Lane receives special recognition
McDonald’s Community Football
28 November 2019

Caernarfon Town scoop Fun Football Provider of the Year as volunteer Jessica Lane receives special recognition

By Jordan Alexander Jones

It was a double-winning afternoon for Caernarfon Town in the 2019 FAW Grassroots Football Association Awards as they picked up two accolades.

The annual event, which celebrates the dedication and commitment shown by clubs, coaches, players, and volunteers from across the country, took place ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia in October.

Caernarfon Town won the Fun Football Provider of the Year, while coach Jessica Lane was awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year accolade.

Lane - a recipient of volunteering during her childhood - is now working alongside Caernarfon first-team player Nathan Craig.

"Volunteering is important because you’re helping out the community," said winner Lane.

One of the children Lane works with praised her coaching sessions: "I think she’s really good because she’s fun and makes me a better footballer."

Nathan Craig - previously on the books of Everton and now a cult figure with Cymru Premier outfit Caernarfon Town - has worked closely with Lane in the Fun Football events that the Gwynedd club host with local schools.

Craig emphasised the importance of giving back to the community: "It’s fantastic, and with the experience, I’ve had playing football at a professional level this is fantastic as I give back to the local children.

"Caernarfon is a deprived area, so there are not many opportunities, so my work is very important to try and engage with as many local children as we can."

Caernarfon Town’s Head of Coaching, Dave Cavanagh, works with Craig and Lane on the delivery of sessions.

A UEFA A Licence holder, who studied with the FAW Trust for his qualifications, Cavanagh has had over two decades of experience in football.

Celebrating the Fun Football Provider of the Year Award, Cavanagh said: "One of our key focuses at Caernarfon is being at the heart of the community and being one club. We do provide ourselves on getting involved with community events.

"I think the lasting impact we are going to have on them is that we want them to have fun because we want them to fall in love with football.

"If they fall in love with football they’ll come back.”