The Football Association of Wales has unveiled a bespoke trophy for the Bute Energy Welsh Cup.
The trophy, which was commissioned in 2022 as a mark of celebration for the 30th anniversary of the competition, has been produced in conjunction with Inkerman and Workers Gallery.
The FAW commissioned Inkerman to produce the new trophy, working closely with artist Dr Gayle Rogers of the Workers Gallery, Ynshir, Wales who designed the image engraved on the side of the trophy.
Inkerman, established 1996, is a renowned British Trophy, Gift & Award Company, working with the most traditional and skilled craftsmen in the country. Inkerman was founded and run by women, supporting women in sport and business and makers of the some of the most prestigious trophies around the world.
Dr Gayle Rogers’ image was inspired be the emergence of women’s football in Wales. Working to the brief to produce a modern trophy to stand alongside the existing men’s Welsh cup trophy, it has been handcrafted in workshops in the UK by traditional and skilled craftsmen, whilst the top of the trophy is adorned with a gold-plated Welsh dragon.
Alongside her art practice, Dr Gayle Rogers works as a sports history and commemoration researcher. She manages the renowned Workers Gallery in South Wales, where she also has her art studio.
The FAW’s Head of Women’s & Girls’ Football, Lowri Roberts said: “It’s been great to work alongside the team at Inkerman’s and Workers Gallery to produce our new, big and bold Bute Energy Welsh Cup trophy.
“By working with Inkerman’s, a women’s led trophy manufacturer, and Welsh firm, Worker Gallery, together, we have been able to capture the essence of the most prestigious Cup competition in the women’s game in Wales. We love the final product and can’t wait to unveil it at this year’s showpiece final.”
Kiki Grigson, founder of Inkerman added: “We were delighted to work with Gayle Rogers on the design and creation of the FAW women’s cup and pleased to be a small part of the growing emergence of women in sport”.