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Offline David

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Awards show strength of N.Wales football
« on: May 23, 2007, 09:10:14 AM »
THE strength of junior football in North Wales is evident after the region scooped the lion’s share of honours at this year’s McDonald’s Welsh Football Trust Awards ceremony in Cardiff.

Wrexham-based Brickfield Rangers was named Club of the Year in recognition of its pro-active approach, with 18 teams in action during the season just ended.

In addition to running squads for boys and girls aged from 11-16, the club also caters for disabled footballers and operates a successful coaching programme in three schools.

Chairman Paul Hooson, who claimed the award was a huge surprise, said the club was determined to further improve its role in and links with the community.

Prestatyn youngsters Kai Edwards and Jasmin Dutton were named Players of the Year and are expected to go on and play at a much higher level.

Edwards, who will be joining Wrexham’s apprentice programme next season, captained Prestatyn High School to victory in the Welsh Schools under-16 Cup. He also captained the Wales Victory Shield squad and has also played for the national U17 team, managed by Brian Flynn.

Edwards was absent from the awards ceremony because he was revising for his GCSEs, but Wales U16 manager Martin Evans said: “It’s a thoroughly deserved reward because Kai is an outstanding prospect.”

Dutton, whose talent was identified when she was eight, has played for Tranmere Ladies ever since, but also plays Sunday football for Rhyl Hearts – a boys’ team. She is captain of the Welsh ladies U16s and is hoping to make a career in the game after school.

Wrapping up the silverware for North Wales was Gresford All Saints primary school, which took the School of the Year award, who have won the Wrexham and District Sports School of the Year for two years in succession.

PE co-ordinator David Lloyd not only includes football in curricular and extra-curricular activities, he also organises after-school sessions for the school team and football sessions for other pupils.

The school also works closely with its local side, Gresford Athletic, who play in the Cymru Alliance, and the award was made to recognise the school’s commitment to grass-roots development.

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Re: Awards show strength of N.Wales football
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2007, 03:10:28 AM »
All these awards for North Wales teams etc, and the ceremony was in Cardiff :(
The pic is Tytti Porkka of Finland - I actually took it myself, but have lost all my pics and have no more :(