The Football Association of Wales (FAW) McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2023 took place to honour the heroes of Welsh grassroots football.
Deserving volunteers from across the country were given awards for their contribution to grassroots football in Wales.
Gurnos FC were awarded Community Club of the Year. The community-based club in Merthyr Tydfil have over 200 players registered. The progression is clear to see, with the club recently signing up for FAW Fun Football and Huddle programmes which has formed four new teams.
Caerphilly Castle coach Bethan Bushen won Community Coach of the Year for her dedication to growing the women and girls’ game. With 40 girls playing football every week, Bethan is an advocate for creating an inclusive club.
Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Eva Bredsdorff who has been the club secretary for four years at Welshpool Town JFC. Her latest work includes securing a solar panel grant, club equipment, in addition to new pitches for the Junior section, to ensure the club are equipped for the next 25 years.
Amy Hardy won Young Volunteer of the Year for contribution to girl’s grassroots football. Amy is very popular with the U8 girls that she coaches and is a role model to the next generation.
Fun Football Provider of the Year was awarded to Pêl-droed Nathan Craig for their dedication to encouraging young boys and girls to play football. They provide varied coaching sessions every week through the Welsh language.
The Club & Community of Treharris received the award for Best Grassroots Football Story. Volunteers of the community revived an unused football ground which has become a modern unique fully functioning facility and is now the home of Treharris kids’ football.
The secretary of Cardiff referee’s society, Amin Said was awarded Match Official of the Year. Amin is an unsung hero who puts in the extra mile for the benefit of other referees.
Wales Walking Football Federation won the award for Spirit of Grassroots Football. This recreational adaptation of the game has increased participation throughout the country with around 1500 participants actively involved.
McDonald’s restaurant #1503 in Swansea received the award for Football Restaurant of the year for their dedication to supporting a wide range of football provisions focused on disability, diversity & inclusion, notably their fantastic partnership with Rosehill FC.
Llongyfarchiadau to all the deserved winners of the FAW McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2023 who continue to grow and develop the game across Wales.