McDonald's People's Award 2016: Vote for your grassroots football hero
McDonald’s Community Football
8 August 2016

McDonald's People's Award 2016: Vote for your grassroots football hero

These heroes deserve recognition and this is their moment



They are the volunteers who give countless hours of their time to make sure children up and down Wales can enjoy football.

Here are the stories of the six amazing nominees for our People's Award 2016.

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Chris Hooper - South Wales FA

Chris is the senior reserves coach at Cardiff City Ladies, where he spends his time helping the under 16s team during training and weekly matches.

He has always dedicated himself to the players and puts others first ensuring all their needs are met.

His achievement, within a short amount of time, is admirable, not only has he progressed and developed players but he has led the team to a cup semi-final.

Chris is determined to better his knowledge of coaching and is currently undertaking his FA C license. Although he doesn'’t own a driving licence, he finds his own way to training and matches and is always prepared and ready for the day ahead.

He is always willing to give up his time to train individuals and is amazing at keeping-up team morale through difficult times.

His love for the team shows in his attitude and patience, he coaches to benefit players for their future and not for his own gain.

Chris is truly an inspiration and it is people like him who keep the love of the game alive for young players.


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Julie Christopher - Central Wales FA

Julie has been running the Llandrindod Wells Junior Girls Football Club for four years.

The club started with just three girls attending but now 42 girls, aged four years to 16, play for the club.

She is the driving force behind the club and does all the administration as well as arranging transport to matches, coaching the teams and liaising with the league.

She is also a committee member and treasurer for the Powys Girls League which are both very time consuming jobs.

The club offers a great opportunity for girls to get into football, and provides a sports outlet that otherwise would not be available in the community.


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Kieran Howard - North East Wales FA

Kieran’'s contribution to grassroots football in the North Wales area is unrivalled.

He manages more than 50 children as part of Brymbo U9s and U12s. This is not just limited to match days - it involves taking training and spending all week planning the next training session to keep things moving forward.

He works 12-hour shifts but still finds time and energy to give back to the community.

He led out the U9s at Wrexham's Racecourse in their first season and his U12s won the league's Fair Play Award three times.


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Lisa Fleming - North Wales Coast FA

Following the death of Lance Corporal Michael Taylor in 2010, Rhyl Commandos FC was set up in his memory and played their football in the Rhyl and District League.

The Commandos are seen as much more than a club, they are legacy for Michael and Lisa Fleming has been key in the formation and running of the club.

Lisa, now in her fourth year with the club, is currently running the U9s, alongside Chris Thomas.

She ensures that there is always an emphasis on enjoyment over results and always fills her players with plenty of confidence in every game no matter what the score.

The club regularly receives compliments on how well behaved and polite the players are and this is down to Lisa’'s efforts and dedication.

Lisa is an inspiration to others and is a true grassroots hero.


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Trevor Morgan - West Wales FA

Over a long-spanning career, Trevor Morgan has left his stamp on grassroots football in Pembrokeshire.

Having started playing in 1970 for Johnston AFC, Trevor has taken over a huge amount of responsibility for Haverfordwest Cricket Club AFC by acting as their Junior Chairman as well as with the Pembrokeshire Association Football League (PAFL).

Trevor took up the role of Safeguarding Office with the PAFL in 2008 and also added Club Accreditation Officer to his responsibilities.

Both roles require a vast number of hours and a lot of dedication, which Trevor has an abundance of. The PAFL are incredibly grateful to Trevor’s enthusiasm for the game and couldn'’t imagine a league without him.


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Simon Berry - Gwent Country FA

Simon has been coaching for over 15 years at all levels and age groups. He helped to start many mini sides and encouraged parents to become coaches and take on the teams.

When one of the most established Newport clubs folded a few years ago, Simon worked alongside Communities First to start the club back up from scratch.

He coached at Monmouth Academy, and has been Chairman of several Newport clubs steering them in the right direction to achieve better coaches and fun for the boys and girls at the clubs.

He now runs a side at a senior level although that doesn’t deter him from helping out in the youth league in Newport where he additionally works alongside the Newport District Junior Youth League coaching the under 16’s representative side.

Simon works endlessly within the Communities especially on the estate where he lives and deserves to be recognised for it.


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