Mumbles Rangers - Welsh Football Community Club of the Year 2015, West Wales
Written by Chris Parkin MBE (Club Spokesman)
In the photograph the club is seen receiving the West Wales Club of Year 2014 Award from McDonalds Franchisee Ron Mounsey.
What a fantastic year 2014.
580 boys and girls registered. 37 teams playing competitive football, over 100 qualified coaches.
Attained Welsh Football Trust Gold accreditation
Attained Swansea/West Wales Club of the Year
Welsh Team Manager Chris Coleman came to the club in May to supervise a training session with 200 club players in attendance.
McDonalds awarded the Club a £4000 grant to encourage club coaches to gain FAW 'C' and 'B' coaching qualifications.
The club has formed a partnership with Mumbles Rugby Club and has been awarded a 125 year lease on Underhill Park in Mumbles, providing 3 full size soccer pitches, 2 mini soccer pitches and 2 full size rugby pitches.The Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales have given the club a letter of intent to award us sufficient funding grants to install an all weather pitch. The Alliance (Rangers and Rugby) have applied for CIO company status to become a Charitable Integrated Organisation (as Go Underhill) and this is expected to be granted within 6 weeks. A £22k consultants report was produced for the CIO outlining the issues causing serious flooding on the park and suggesting methods for resolution. Having already spent £10k on drainage improvements the CIO will be spending a further considerable sum to improve the playing conditions of the pitches and installing the second phase of drainage.
Mumbles Rangers have become so popular with their aims and objectives 'to make players the best they can be' which was the philosophy of its founder Billy John who started the Club in 1950. The club celebrates its 65th continuous year in 2015. Billy was a paraplegic who started the club and ran it from his wheelchair. His 'boys' pushed him to and from home and away games in all weathers with strict instructions from his mother to keep him dry!!! A number of these 'boys' still form an important part of the Vice Presidents Club which itself acts as the 'conscience' of today's club, never losing the values held by Billy.
Although the club has an army of male and female volunteers, coaches and players, its growth in recent years has not been possible without the professional guidance and support of the Welsh Football Trust. Without assistance from WFT our club would struggle to sustain growth and popularity. Mumbles is PROUD of its association with the Welsh Football Trust.