Ryan Giggs insists community football coaches MUST be recognised
14 March 2017

Ryan Giggs insists community football coaches MUST be recognised

The Wales and Manchester United legend has his say



Ryan Giggs has implored the Welsh football public to nominate a grassroots hero for an award - before it's too late.

The Champions League and 13 times Premier League title winner started with his local grassroots club and says he still talks about his first coach Dennis Schofield and the impact he had on his career 35 years later.

The Wales international said: "My first experience of football was with my local Sunday league team so I know the impact that community coaches can have on young players and that must be recognised.

"There's so much work that goes on that parents and players might not see, sorting things like pitches, goal posts, balls and bibs. This is while most of them have full-time jobs.



Nominations for the Welsh Community Football Awards are now open and Giggs, who attended last season's awards ceremony, says it's great that the people who make football great get recognised each year.

He said: "It's great that they're recognised and that gives them the impetus to go forward and keep coaching.

McDonald's ambassador Giggs travelled to Fishguard to meet Welsh Community Coach of the Year Matthew 'Minty' Lamb and help him take a session with his girls section.



He said: "It's great to see the job that 'Minty is doing first-hand.

"When it's organised as well as this, it provides the perfect platform for boys and girls to enjoy football."

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Ryan Giggs insists community football coaches MUST be recognised