FAW Grassroots Football Awards 2018 – Vote for your Volunteer of the Year
McDonald’s Community Football
9 August 2018

FAW Grassroots Football Awards 2018 – Vote for your Volunteer of the Year

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.


Thousands of nominations poured in for our 2018 FAW Grassroots Football Awards, in association with McDonald’s, and we’ve (somehow!) 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.


Alan Beer: Llanrumney YC, South Wales FA

Alan is the heart and soul of the club and the whole community benefits.

He has given years of his time for the children to benefit through football.

He is the first person there setting pitches up for all the teams in all weather and last to leave after litter picking and locking up.

Karl Luton: Undy Juniors, Gwent County FA

Karl’s commitment to the club is phenomenal.

He has been involved with the junior section for more than seven years and he undertakes many roles such as junior treasurer, U6 coach, tournament and presentation organiser, to name just a few.

Karl will also be studying for his FAW C Certificate this season, which will take up more of his own time, but will help ensure he provides quality coaching to the children he coaches.

Martin Ford (passed away 07/05/18): FC Queens Park, North East Wales FA

Martin sadly passed away suddenly on May 7, 2018, aged 39.

He was an inspiration to the entire football community and he always had time for everybody.

He was a man with a huge heart and soul and loved his town.

Queens park is a disadvantaged area of Wrexham with high crime rates, but Martin made it his goal to help reduce this through the medium of football.

He was a true local hero and legend and will be sadly missed.

The club and community are very proud of him and this award would also help his three-year-old daughter Summer to grow up knowing how much of an impact her father made.

Tony Williams: Burry Port FC, West Wales FA

Tony has been a coach at Burry Port for seven years, guiding his team through their junior football journey.

During this time, Tony has always looked to develop players and given them the chance to play and grow. His attitude is fantastic, and this shows in his team.

Tony has also maintained the club’s pitch, cutting, marking, strimming and maintaining equipment and has been the driving force behind the changing room renovation, doing plumbing, painting, carpentry and electrics, as well as keeping the place clean and tidy.

The hours he puts in are extraordinary.

The club admit that without Tony they would have found the last few years very difficult.

Tony is a true example of what volunteering is all about.

Melina Holmes: Penrhyncoch Juniors, Central Wales FA

Melina has dedicated the last three years to improving the junior section at Penrhyncoch FC.

She gives her time and energy each week to ensure that children get the chance to play football in a safe environment.

She is a dedicated coach who gives up so much of her spare time to developing the players she coaches and organising matches and events for them.

Melina is a true role model for other females in her area and would be a worth winner of this national award.

Alix Hughes: Valley FC, North Wales Coast FA

Alix is the back bone of her beloved club.

Having joined the coaching team this year, Alix has been a great help and is always on hand with any issues or information, planning events and meetings between coaches.

She also runs the cafe on match days to raise extra funds for the club, as well as running the u11 team.

Despite losing her mother this year, Alix has put an amazing amount of time and dedication into the club, which makes her worthy of the Volunteer of the Year title.

All of the players and parents at the club share their sincere thanks for her efforts.

Colin Jackson: Penycae FC, North East Wales FA

Colin has been involved with the club since day one and is now chairman of the club.

He has worked tirelessly in driving the club forward both on and off the field.

He's extremely passionate about grassroots football and puts in full-time hours, voluntarily, to ensure that the club continues to improve.

Colin is an inspiration to anybody involved in local football.