2 July 2019


Welsh football is on the up and it’s the time of year when we honour the unsung heroes, from Barry to Bangor and Haverfordwest to Hawarden.

Hundreds of nominations poured in for our 2019 FAW Grassroots Football Awards, in association with McDonald’s, and we’ve whittled them down to a final six for you to pick your FAW Volunteer of the Year.

We've asked each of our final six volunteers' clubs to make a case for their hero to win the national award, to help you make your choice.

Once you've made up your mind, please cast your vote using the form below.


Jeff Davies - Albion Rovers Girls 

Jeff gives his time to the Albion Rovers Girls under 14's on and off the pitch. 

He organises transport for players who struggle to get to training or games. He is a fund raiser, and sorts everything regarding the running of our club. 

He gets to the ground early, sets up the goals, prepares the pitches, organises fixtures and training and is always the last person to leave. He does this all for the love of the club and to encourage the girls game to grow. 

He is a credit to grass roots football and deserves to be recognised.

Gareth Rawling - Penrhyn Bay Girls Football Club & Conwy Schools Association

Gareth believes that grassroots football is vital to the community as it keeps people fit and healthy and it brings everyone together. Gareth is the founder of Penrhyn Bay Girls Football Club. In Penrhyn Bay there was only boys teams, but from the help of Gareth there are now six girls teams, which all play in the North Wales league. All these girls teams have had a massive impact on the community as people think it is important that girls get the same opportunities as boys. From all Gareth’s hard work and determination we have seen a lot of success in the girls game as our Under 16’s recently won the welsh cup final. 

Gareth has also improved himself as a coach and he coaches for the North Wales Performance Centre and the North Wales Regionals squad. He is always willing to learn and take on advice. 

The growth in girls football over the past couple of years has increased massively and without people like Gareth giving up his time this wouldn’t of been possible. Gareth has been an inspiration to my daughter in her first season at Penrhyn Bay. He is full a passion and just wants the best for all the girls.

Sion Thomas - Ammanford

Sion has been important to the development of the new learning disability football section at Ammanford AFC. 

He has led sessions and organised participation in the West Wales Pan Disability Football League Festivals. The section started in January 2019 and since then, has 10 new members regularly training. As a 19 year old, Sion shows great maturity in his organisation and development and is looking to complete his C Certificate this coming season. It's refreshing to see a young person giving so much to grassroots football. 

Paul Kelly – Wrexham Futsal

Paul has dedicated a minimum of 22 hours a week to coaching children from the age of 5 to 17 for the last 7 years. Through his devotion to sport in the area and selfless voluntary service, he has successfully set up youth, girls, ladies and disability teams. Pauls philosophy is "Fun, Friendship, Futsal", and  runs thoroughout the entire club. Paul has developed Wrexham Futsal Youth into one of the most vibrant sports clubs in the area. The inclusive nature of the club is evident through the number of people from all backgrounds passing through the door into the club sessions. Paul's dedication as a coach and mentor to the many volunteers associated with Wrexham Futsal has seen the club grow from year to year. Paul recognises the importance of removing barriers that stop people participating in sport this is part of the reason behind his passion for Futsal, not only is he a huge believer in the skill development associated with Futsal but also believe the indoor nature of the game provides a safe, secure environment for the children to maximise their potential. Paul also places an incredible emphasis on providing parents with peace of mind knowing their children are in safe hands with appropriate safeguarding procedures in place, whilst also encouraging parents to play an active part in the club.

Sarah Mace - Llanrumney FC

Sarah is an inspiration. She is dedicated to Llanrumney Football Club and arranges fixtures, events, fundraising activities, schedules tournaments and arranges the team kits. 

She regularly communicates to coaches and parents accross all the age groups of grassroots football so that they are aware of what's going on at the club and makes and effort to keep them all involved and connected. 

She also has a family and work commitments along side it all. I can't tell you how she does it but she is an asset to the community, not only our football club.