Cowbridge Town AFC has been nominated for the 2017 FA Awards, which celebrate the UK’s best community clubs.
A spokesman reported:
The club, founded by a local community policeman PC Eric Rodgers in 1983, started as one junior side.
The club has grown significantly in recent years and now has 20 sides covering all age groups from under-seven to under-16, youth and senior teams. The club currently has more than 320 registered players.
The nomination recognises the club’s committee structure which runs all administration centrally, allowing the managers and coaches to focus just on their teams.
In addition, the club provides year-round opportunities for the community to play, with full winter training facilities.
Community spirit is encouraged through the club, with presentation ceremonies after every seaso,l where players of all ages can celebrate the achievements of the club together. The mixing of age groups is further encouraged, with junior players helping the minis’ training session as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
Vale MP and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns was contacted earlier in the month by the FA, who requested a nomination from the Vale.
He said: “Cowbirdge Town AFC demonstrate clearly the benefits that community sport can bring, and I sincerely hope that the FA will recognise their excellence.”