Canton Rangers are among six nominees for Wales’ biggest grassroots football accolade, after beating hundreds of regional clubs to land the 2015/16 Welsh Community Football Award for Club of the Year in South Wales.
Now in its eighth year, the annual Welsh Community Football Awards, presented by the Football Association of Wales, Welsh Football Trust and McDonald’s, aim to recognise and reward the people and clubs that are driving grassroots football in Wales.
Winning the regional award and gaining a national nomination marks a meteoric rise in the success of Canton Rangers.
Starting with just six players when formed in 1999, “the Bears” now provide football to more than 280 players from Canton and the surrounding areas.
Boys and girls represent the club from under-six to under-16 level, with a youth team and senior men’s team.
The club’s 20 sides are supported by 49 fully-qualified coaches, a full set of committee members and play matches at their newly-established home ground at Cantonian High School, Fairwater.
Club chairman Andrew Leslie, an active member of Canton Rangers since their formation 16 years ago, said: “We’re absolutely delighted. We’re lucky to have such a dedicated and remarkable set of volunteers who give up hundreds of hours a year to ensure that our players have access to the game in safe and welcoming environment.
“We’ll continue to build on our commitment to improve the standard of football in the community and increase participation in all aspects of the game.
“Next season our club will have two new mini teams and our first ever girls’ team.”
A national panel will now judge Canton Rangers alongside winners from the other five Welsh football regions before a winner is selected in September.
For more information on Canton Rangers, visit www.cantonrangersfc.co.uk