Swansea club welcomes national coach to club training session
16 May 2014

Swansea club welcomes national coach to club training session

Wales manager Chris Coleman backs grassroots heroes on visit to Mumbles Rangers FC for the 2014 Welsh Community Football Awards, presented by McDonald’s

Wales manager Chris Coleman backs grassroots heroes on visit to Mumbles Rangers FC for the 2014 Welsh Community Football Awards, presented by McDonald’s



Wales manager Chris Coleman paid a visit to Mumbles Rangers FC this weekend to praise the work of grassroots volunteers and urge people to nominate a club, coach or league for the Welsh Community Football Awards 2014 presented by McDonald’s.

Coleman, who won 32 caps for his country and played nearly 200 times for Swansea City, called in on a club training session which saw around 70 boys and girls from the club’s under-10s to under-12s teams take part. Chris met with the club’s coaches, passed on some training tips and took part in a Q&A session with players and volunteers during the visit.

Chris said, “the Welsh Community Football Awards presented by McDonald’s are all about saying ‘thank you’ to these volunteers. These people give up their free time to help young footballers and I would urge everyone to make sure they nominate one of these grassroots heroes in the awards.

“It has been a pleasure to visit Mumbles Rangers FC and I was struck by the dedication the volunteers and coaches show to football. Thanks to them, all the kids I saw playing and training had smiles on their faces which can only be a good thing.”

Mumbles Rangers have around 30 teams for children and young people including mini-soccer teams, small-sided teams and full-size youth teams catering for boys and girls. The club also has three adult teams and a veterans team. There are more than 100 volunteers involved in the club, including around 70 qualified coaches, of which about 10 have achieved their FAW C Certificate coaching award. In 2013, the club achieved the Silver Award in FAW/McDonald's Club Accreditation programme.

In recent years, the club has formed a strong relationship with the local McDonald’s franchisee Ron Mounsey as part of the McDonald’s Club Twinning programme. This has been very beneficial to the club in terms of providing kit and equipment, organising open days at the ground, and has seen Ron provide the club with additional volunteer support from his McDonald’s staff. Ron Mounsey, McDonald’s franchisee who owns 15 restaurants in South Wales and helped to arrange the visit said, “Mumbles Rangers is a club that plays a huge role in the community. The work of their volunteers, particularly with young players, is brilliant and they are a great example of the excellent grassroots clubs we have in South Wales. I would urge everyone to make sure they nominate a club or volunteer in their area.”

The Welsh Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, is now in its seventh year, recognising grassroots football clubs and the volunteers that dedicate their free time to ensure young players can participate in grassroots football across the country. To celebrate the awards and to showcase the role of the thousands of grassroots volunteers up and down the country McDonald’s commissioned a short video to help inspire nominations for the 2014 Welsh Community Football Awards. Nominations for The Welsh Community Football Awards, presented by McDonald’s are open until 26th May. To vote for a football club or volunteer and to watch the Day in the Life of a Grassroots Club video, go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk/awards

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Swansea club welcomes national coach to club training session