By Nathan Parker
Situated between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay is the town of Penrhyn Bay, who can happily say it’s produced FAW’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ for 2020.
Gareth Rawlings, who is the founder of Penrhyn Bay Girls Football Club, was handed the award after being nominated by his daughter.
Despite there only ever being male teams in the area, Rawlings has been able to produce several age-grade female teams ranging from under 8’s up to senior level.
Rawlings impact on and off the pitch has been clear to see as he helped guide the under 16’s side to glory in the Welsh cup final.
His daughter Mia, who also plays for Penrhyn Bay, said: “He works so hard. He helps all the girls to improve their skills and confidence, along with all his work behind the scenes.”
Rawlings hard work is now being recognised with over 100 girls traveling from distances of over an hour to train under his watchful eye.
“This is one of the best clubs in North Wales and that’s why I brought my granddaughter from Wrexham because of his coaching ability”, said one parent.
The girls also work in partnership with the FAW huddle scheme which also helps to get more girls involved.
There has even been international call ups for many of the girls from the Penrhyn Bay club, with the founder’s vision of bringing talent through the system being evidenced at the highest level.
If you have family member or know of any girls who are interested in taking up football, then it seems that Gareth Rawlings is your man.CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE BEST GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL STORY OF 2020