Ian Rush presents Lidl Play More Football awards to deserved winners
Lidl Play More Football
2 January 2018

Ian Rush presents Lidl Play More Football awards to deserved winners

Wales' record goalscorer Ian Rush has praised the work of our inaugural Lidl Play More Football award winners, imploring them to take the leadership skills they've learned into later life.

The school pupils, who lead football sessions for younger age groups, were handed awards by the Liverpool legend at the 2017 National Coaches Conference.

Rush told the assembled winners: "Playing football is about gaining life skills.

"You go out and make new friends and that's what it's all about. Whatever you learn from this programme will be very useful later on in life.

"No matter how old you are, you should always be prepared to listen and learn. Once you've learned new skills, go back and use them again."

Among the winners were Scott Crocombe, of St Christopher's School, Wrexham, pupil who picked up the Outstanding Achievement Award, Sion Thomas, of Dyffryn Aman School, in the Swansea Valley, who was named our Director of Football of the Year and pupils from Ysgol Cwm Rhymni, who were named Play More Football School of the Year.

After receiving her award, delighted Rosie Morgan, of Ysgol Cwm Rhymni, said: "Obviously, it's a really great achievement to win because everything we do in the school means something.

"Now we've won, we can show the rest of the school that what we are doing is really making a difference.

"It's great to show that all the hard work that we've done has paid off.

Scott Crocombe, who was handed the Outstanding Achievement Award, said: "The programme has really boosted my confidence and it's improved my teaching skills.

"To be able to teach the younger pupils football and using different drills to develop those skills is really useful.

"There has been a really good reaction to the programme. All the children are enjoying it and that's our motivation to keep doing it."

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Director of Football of the Year, Sion Thomas, said: "This is a great achievement for me but it's even better for the children. They're going to be ecstatic. They've really helped me to come this far.

"The programme has impacted me loads. I get to see the development of the children and I get to see those taking part who wouldn't normally play football so I think it's a really good idea.

"The increase in confidence is a big thing for me but I think I've learned to become more approachable too.

"I can help them with off-field problems and whenever they want something, they come to me.

"It's great that anyone can get involved in it regardless of gender, race or whatever.

"Anyone can participate in the drills and the pupils love it. All ages from year seven to year 10, everyone turns up and they have such a good time and it's so good to see."