By Callum Ellis
Gareth Rawling claimed the Volunteer of the Year award at the 2019 FAW Grassroots Football Association Awards, in association with McDonald’s.
The annual event, which celebrates the dedication and commitment shown by clubs, coaches, players and volunteers from across the country, took place ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia in October.
A UEFA B license candidate from Llandudno, Rawling coaches Penrhyn Bay Ladies and was recognised for his work at grassroots level.
Rawling has helped the club form six girls’ teams during his time with them, including under-8, under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16 and ladies’ sides.
He is also responsible for overseeing the north Wales Performance Centre and Regionals squad.
Rawling’s daughter, Mia, who plays for Penrhyn Bay, nominated him for the award.
Speaking on her dad’s dedication to the club, she said: “He works so hard and helps all the girls improve their skills and confidence.
“He does loads of work behind the scenes as well.”
Another player added: “He always puts in 100 per-cent commitment for us girls. He pushes us to our potential and puts us before anyone else.”