With less than a week until nominations close for the Welsh Community Football Awards 2011, Wales international Gareth Bale is urging people to name their local football heroes.
The Welsh Community Football Awards, presented by McDonald’s, celebrate those who make a difference to grassroots football in their community – from coaches and clubs through to schools, players and volunteers.
Cardiff-born Gareth has credited his father and school football coach with helping him develop his talent for the game from a young age.
Now the Tottenham Hotspur player is encouraging local communities to nominate their own unsung football heroes before the deadline of April 18.
He said: “Growing up, football was a huge part of my life and I’m eternally grateful to my dad for driving me to all my games from our home in Cardiff all the way to Southampton every week. There are so many unsung heroes of the grassroots game.”
Gareth, who played for his school side at Whitchurch High, added: “When I was at school, my PE teacher Mr Morris was hugely influential on me – helping me grow and develop as a player. It’s encouraging to think that the coaches in Cardiff and across Wales are helping to train the next generation of Welsh players.
“I’d encourage everyone to get involved and nominate their community football heroes.”
The Welsh Community Football Awards celebrate national and regional winners in the following categories:
- Welsh Football Trust Coach of the Year – sponsored by McDonald’s
- WFT Club of the Year – sponsored by McDonald’s
- WFT Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by McDonald’s
- WFT School of the Year
- WFT Girl player of the Year
- WFT Boy player of the Year
- WFT Disability Girl of the Year
- WFT Disability Boy of the Year
- WFT Lifetime Achievement
National winners will be announced at Cardiff Castle on June 23.
Ian Rush, McDonald’s Director of Welsh Football, added: “The awards are a great way to say thank you to all those people that keep our youngsters thriving on the football field. I’d urge everyone to take the time to enter those people that go above and beyond the call of duty.”
To find out more, and to nominate your grassroots heroes, log on to www.welshfootballtrust.org.uk/awards
Nominations are open until April 18.