By Callum Ellis
Melina Holmes scooped the Mum of the Year accolade 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.
Holmes - who also picked up the Volunteer of the Year award last year - is dedicated to improving the junior section at Ceredigion-based club Penrhyncoch FC.
She regularly gives up her time to help develop the players and coaches at the club, as well as organising matches and events.
"Football is everything and every night we do football," said Holmes.
"Friday night is shopping night to feed the family. Saturday is game day for the two younger boys. Saturday afternoon is when the husband and the eldest play, and Sunday is when I play. It’s football all weekend.
"Whether it’s coaching or committee meetings, I think I’d be lost without it."
Juggling family life with football, as Holmes admits, can be a struggle but she finds the time to fulfil her passion.
"Penrhyncoch is very close to us and getting more involved in it means the world to me," she added.
"I wouldn’t go to any other club. It’s a very big community, however we also have many players that come from far and wide just to play for Penrhyncoch.
"It’s a good boost for the club and every year we get more and more players, so we must be doing something right.
"You make the time because you love the sport. I didn’t think I would still be playing at this age but I wanted to do something for me."