16 October 2014


On Monday 13th October, Ellis Morgan, from Ebbw Vale, joined football legends including Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs at the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, after being named winner of the Young Volunteer of the Year category in the annual grassroots football awards.

The FAW Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, aim to recognise and celebrate those volunteers, clubs and leagues, across Wales, who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.

Ellis received his award ahead of the Wales vs Cyprus UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match, at a national ceremony attended by McDonald’s Head of Welsh Football, Ryan Giggs.<1r>

Ellis brings passion and willingness to his role as Islwyn JFL Mini Football Coordinator and remains unfazed by the task of running facilities for the U7’s and U8’s mini football teams. Through his involvement with his local club and role as a young ambassador for his local authority, Ellis not only volunteers as a coach, but also behind the scenes helping to run the sessions for other young players. Ellis has also been involved with coaching in local primary schools, via his young ambassador role. His effort and commitment has been a key factor in the growth of the under 7’s and under 8’s at his club where he has been a constant and enthusiastic volunteer.

McDonald’s Head of Welsh Football, Ryan Giggs said: “Ellis’ award is a reflection of the hard work that goes into grassroots football which runs up and down the country. It is thanks to volunteers like Ellis that our young footballers can enjoy grassroots football in a safe and fun environment. It’s important that we recognise the extraordinary efforts of the volunteers and clubs across Wales because without their dedication, time and effort the game as we know it wouldn’t exist. I would like to personally congratulate Ellis on winning as it is fantastic that he has been recognised with this prestigious award.”

Local McDonald’s franchisee, Frank Stanton, said: “It is a privilege to congratulate Ellis on this award. My restaurants in Ebbw Vale and Pontypool support a number of local grassroots clubs and it’s fantastic that local volunteers like Ellis, who dedicate countless hours to grassroots football, provide constant opportunity for our local community to enjoy the game. Without them football across the Ebbw Vale area would cease to exist so it is vital that we celebrate and recognise them.”

McDonald’s has been working with the FAW for 12 years to improve the standards of grassroots football. As part of McDonald’s ongoing commitment to improving the standards of grassroots football the partnership between The FAW and McDonald’s was recently renewed for another four years. The programme, which includes the annual Community Awards, focuses on raising the standards at accredited clubs from better safety, and better advice, to better kit and better recognition for volunteers.

As part of McDonald’s continued support for the grassroots game, 500 accredited clubs with a junior team will be given the opportunity to order a brand new adidas strip every year for the next four seasons. This means there is potential for over 7,000 strips to be distributed to clubs across Wales in the first year.

To find out more about McDonald’s renewed partnership with The FAW and the 2014 Welsh Community Football Award winners visit and follow @2014Grassroots.

The 2014 FAW Football Award national winners were:
 Club of the Year – Merthyr Town FC, Merthyr Tydfil
 Performance Development Coach of the Year - Jay Catton, GAP Connah’s Quay Academy
 Lifetime Achievement Award – Paul Hooson, Brickfield Rangers FC
 School of the Year – Ysgol Tudno, Llandudno
 Player of the Year (girl) - Lauryn Lyons, Flintshire
 Player of the Year (boy) – Liam Cullen, Pembrokeshire
 Grassroots Impact Award – Cefn Druids FC, Wrexham
 Community Coach of the Year - Carys Davis, Newcastle Emlyn Ladies FC
 Young Volunteer of the Year – Ellis Morgan, Islwyn JFL
 Volunteer of the Year (People’s Award) – Andy Jones, Ton and Gelli Boys and Girls FC