WGC Ladies Youth handed Herts FA County award by ex-Spain star

PUBLISHED: 13:06 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:06 04 July 2013

WGC Ladies Youth's Karen Blease with Gaizka Mendieta

WGC Ladies Youth's Karen Blease with Gaizka Mendieta

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WELWYN Garden City Ladies Youth were honoured at the prestigious Hertfordshire FA County Awards which had a Spanish flavour to it courtesy of special guests Gaizka Mendieta and Guillem Balague.

The awards evening, sponsored by North Herts College and held at Sopwell House, St Albans last Tuesday evening, saw some of Hertfordshire’s best coaches, officials and volunteers pick up honours for their contribution to football in the County.

Former Spanish international Mendieta and top journalist Balague both took part in question and answer sessions, talking about their lives in football and the recent UEFA B Licence coaching course which they attended in Ireland.

Each then presented three awards.

Balague said: “It is a privilege to attend these awards and hear about those who dedicate their lives to football.

“When you hear some of the stories and the amount of time that is put into grass roots football by so many different people, it’s really inspiring.

“I congratulate all the winners.”

The FA Charter Standard Club of the Year accolade went to WGC Ladies Youth FC. Over time the club has risen from just one team to now five.

The anybody of any ability ethos at the club creates a friendly welcoming environment for the girls.

It allows the girls to feel comfortable in being in a team and being able to make new friends outside of their schools, which allows them to build masses of confidence for the future.

The club’s Karen Blease, said: “I was shocked when our name was announced and so proud to have won this prestigious award.

“We provide a family environment for any girls who want to play football.

“It’s the girls’ club really, we try and make everyone feel welcome and if they want to play, they play.”

Prizes were awarded in several different categories, with the FA Community Awards, sponsored by McDonald’s, handed out, as well as a number of long-service honours and the Carlsberg Referee Awards.

Hertfordshire FA chief executive Nick Perchard said: “Congratulations to the winners and all those who were nominated.

“The people nominated for our awards are the life-blood of the game in Hertfordshire.

“They give up so much of their time to get people of all ages playing football, and we thank them for everything they do.”

The winners were: Outstanding Contribution to Community Football: Roger Bowden (from Hemel Hempstead); Volunteer of the Year: Kenny Lawrence (Hemel Aces FC); Young Volunteer of the Year: Anthony Gosling (St Albans City Youth); Coach of the Year: Carl Jauncey (Hadley); FA Charter Standard Club of the Year: WGC Ladies Youth FC; Charter Standard Development Club of the Year: Bedwell Rangers; Charter Standard Community Club of the Year: St Albans City Youth FC; County Awards: School of the Year: Queen’s School; Refereeing Achievement Award: Dave Wiggins and Roger Bowden (from Hemel Hempstead); Most promising referee of the year: Daniel Jones (from Hemel Hempstead).

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