Swans celebrates Girls’ achievements this season
Swansea City celebrated and reflected on another successful season for its girls and young women’s generation at the annual Girls Development Player of the Season awards night at the Liberty Stadium.
The ceremony, jointly sponsored by McDonalds and Lonetree Ltd, was an opportunity to look back on a promising year for the club’s young female players from age seven to 21.
The Girls Development area of the club continues to make strides for Swansea City on and off the pitch and is helping introduce more young girls from the local area into competitive football.
Addie Williams (Under 8), Lilly Hills (Under 10), Olivia Francis (Under 11) and Lara Morris (Under 12) all picked up Club Player of the Year awards for their respective age groups.
Meanwhile, Manon Thomas (Under 11), Ella Stafford (Under 12), Brooke Llewelyn (Under 14) and Lauren Jones (Under 16) picked up the Development Player of the Year awards.
Midfielder Lucy Powell, who also picked up the Girls Development Player of the Year at this season’s Academy awards, picked up the Neath Port Talbot College Player of the Year, with Celyn Davies scooping the first Goalkeeper of the Year award.
The evening also saw £1500 raised for girls development football with the auction of a signed Wales shirt and a boot signed by Wales and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.
Nia Davies, Swans Girls Regional Football Development Co-ordinator, hailed the evening as a successful way to show how the Girls Development branch of the club has come over the past season.
“I am very proud of all the players and coaches achievements this year. It has been great to celebrate this seasons successes on and off the pitch,” said Davies.
“All the teams have been brilliant and risen to the challenges we have faced.
“So many of these young players have tremendous potential to take the game further, they have great personalities and are a delight to coach. We are always on the lookout for more young female players to welcome into the Girls Development programme at Swansea City.”
Full list of awards
U8 Club Player of the Year (sponsored by Swansea City Academy)
U10 Club Player of the Year (sponsored by Jv Davies Painter & Decorators)
U11 Club Player of the Year (sponsored by Swansea City Academy)
U12 Club Player of the Year (sponsored Browns Group Ltd)
U11 Development Player of the Year (sponsored Unilift SW)
U12 Development Player of the Year (sponsored Swansea City Supporters Trust)
U14 Development Player of the Year (sponsored by The Celebration Station)
U16 Development Player of the Year (sponsored Dominos Pizza)
Neath Port Talbot College Player of the Year (sponsored by Kare Plus Swansea)
Goalkeeper of the Year (sponsored by McDonalds)