Matthew Lamb says winning the 2016 award was 'an honour'
Welsh Community Coach of the Year Matthew Lamb is still basking in the honour of winning his award.
The Fishguard FC girls team coach was rewarded for his efforts with a visit from Welsh football legend Ryan Giggs, who helped him take a session to launch the 2017 awards.
The father-of-two, known locally as Minty, said: “To win the award was an absolute honour.
“There was a lot of hard work being involved with the club for the last five or six years.
“It takes more than one person to run a football club. There's a very good team behind me.
But since winning the national award, the 41-year-old has been keen to share the limelight with his fellow coaches.
The senior finance officer for Pembrokeshire Council, said: “The visit from Ryan Giggs has given others the chance to enjoy a bit of the limelight and it's nice to give something back.
“It's nice to be appreciated. People don't win awards like this just for turning up for a year or two. It is the culmination of a number of years of hard work.
“It has given me confidence but it's added a little bit of pressure as well. Especially as other clubs have found out about me winning the award.
Minty, who doubles up as vice chairman and treasurer at the club, has some strong words of advice for parents and volunteers who would like to try their hand as football coaches.
He said: “Whether you know about football or not, if you have the ability to encourage young footballers and are willing to give your time up, go and have a go at it. Anybody can do it.
“If you even think 'shall I have a go?' just contact your local club and have a crack at it. Anyone can do it.”
Matthew, who also coaches his club’s junior disabled team, will be nominating two very enthusiastic young coaches to take his crown this year.
Ysgol Bro Gwaun students Zac Davies and Ben Leahy have worked tirelessly alongside him for the last two season and ‘Minty’ says he can’t praise them enough.
He said: “Those boys have been helping me since the age of 15.
“The time, effort and dedication that they put in at that age is absolutely fantastic so I'll be nominating both of them this year.”