How Fishguard Sports AFC Juniors rose from the ashes to claim our Community Football Club of the Year Award
Grassroots
30 January 2019

How Fishguard Sports AFC Juniors rose from the ashes to claim our Community Football Club of the Year Award

Junior football in Fishguard is thriving.

Two years after Matthew Lamb was crowned our FAW McDonald’s Community Coach of the Year, Fishguard Sports AFC have claimed our Community Club of the Year title.

But football hasn’t always been so healthy in that corner of West Wales.

For seven seasons, no junior football was played at the proud club, as interest waned and poor facilities combined with a lack of coaches and volunteers.

Coach Owen Duggan takes up the story, saying: “When I started playing junior football in the mid 90s, it was very prominent in this area.

“But then the club saw a demise because we didn’t have the coaches, committee or facilities to support it.

“So we had a break of six or seven years.”

In that time, the club had to take stock and stabilise in order to build the foundations for the return of junior football.

They have effectively recruited a committed group of coaches and volunteers and have use of Tregroes Park and the all-weather surface at Fishguard Leisure Centre.

And it’s been a stunning success!

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The senior team go from strength-to-strength while the junior and disability teams have grown remarkably quickly.

Owen said: “Since we started junior football again it’s grown rapidly.

“Now we have junior football, senior football, disability football and girls’ football.”

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The proud coach puts this development down to the hard work and dedication of the club’s loyal band of committed coaches, committee members, ground staff and parents, who pull together ensure football happens in Fishguard every weekend.

And now they're the reigning FAW McDonald's Community Club of the Year and deservedly so.

Owen said: “This award is for everybody connected with the club.

“It wasn’t something we expected but we are all really honoured to receive it.”

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