This schoolboy has been overwhelmed by his football volunteering success
13 March 2018

This schoolboy has been overwhelmed by his football volunteering success

Juggling being a football volunteer with school work and playing the game you love sounds a tough task for a teenager. 

But Penydarren B&G Club’s media officer Mackenzie Thomas hopes his success story will inspire other youngsters to be like him.
The 14-year-old Cyfarthfa High School pupil believes he was born to volunteer at the club, as his grandfather Peter is Vice Chairman, while his dad Andrew is first team assistant manager.
He said: “I'm only giving back what the club have given me.
“I’ve played for the club since I was five and I enjoy it so much.”
Mackenzie’s duties as media officer include running the website for the club’s first and second team and the U18s.


He’s also used the fairy tale story of the club’s Welsh Cup success to grow the Twitter following of the tiny village team to beyond 1,500. 
In their first ever Welsh Cup campaign, The Pen reached the quarter final, eventually succumbing to the might of eight-time winners Bangor City at their VSM Stadium. 
Mackenzie, from Penyard, said: “It’s given me such enjoyment. 
“It’s been hard and it’s taken up a lot of my spare time but most of the setting up was done during the summer holidays, before the season started. 
“It’s just gone from there.” 

Even though he enjoys his media work, the Cambrian and Clydach Vale Academy left back still has dreams to play football professionally. 
He said: “If I can’t play football for a living, I’d love to work in the media, so this expreience is good for my CV.”
Now he’s urging his friends and other boys and girls his age to get involved in the game. 
He said: “Get on board! Support your local football club. 
“I’ve been doing this for a year-and-a-half and I’ve enjoyed every minute. 
“It’s been a long journey but I’m overwhelmed how successful it’s been.”