Holly has been nominated as this month's 'Seren y Mis' due to her charity work during lockdown, raising over £2000 for Ty Hafan, with players, staff, family, friends and elite gymnasts, all joining to help a good cause with the ‘Mega Marathon Month’.
O: How does it feel to be nominated as the Welsh Premier Women’s League’s ‘Seren y Mis’/ ’Player of the Month’?
H: I’m shocked and flattered to have been nominated as ‘Seren y Mis’. I wasn’t expecting it at all! I’d like to give everyone at Cyncoed LFC and Welsh Gymnastics a mention - it was definitely a team effort!
O: How did you get in to football?
H: Although I’ve always been a football fan (a lifelong Liverpool supporter!), I didn’t actually start playing football until High School. I was doing competitive gymnastics five times a week and had to persuade my mum to let me start football sessions on my days off! I started by playing at a local club in North Wales (Pen-y-ffordd FC), and then made the move over to play senior football for Tranmere Rovers a few years later before moving down to Cardiff to attend University.
O: Who inspired you to raise money for Ty Hafan during lockdown and what has it involved?
H: We knew January was going to be a tough month for everyone, with Lockdown, a post-Christmas lull, miserable weather (and no football!). I saw some events and fundraisers on social media that were going to be happening during January, so I floated the idea of completing the distance of a marathon in a month - on foot or bicycle - to the team and some colleagues at Welsh Gymnastics. I thought it would be a great opportunity to keep fit, get outdoors, and challenge ourselves - all whilst raising money for a fantastic cause. Everyone jumped on board and worked hard to keep each other motivated. We made the decision to support Ty Hafan because of all the wonderful work they do across Wales to support children, and their families, who have life limiting conditions.
O: What’s your best memory with Cyncoed LFC?
H: That has to be winning the League Cup in 2018, as we were the underdogs back then! We had a game plan and stuck to it, and each player dug deep to narrowly beat Cardiff Met and lift the trophy. It was a memorable day which we were able to share and celebrate with our friends and families.
O: What does the future hold for you?
H: I’m nearing the end of my playing days; I can’t move any further back on the pitch! I’m looking to stay involved in the sport and over the next few seasons transition into more of a coaching role. This season I have started to assist with the newly formed Under 19’s Team at Cyncoed LFC after deciding to start my C Licence last year. I can’t wait to put what I’ve learnt on the course into practice.
O: What is your hope for Cyncoed LFC?
H: My hope is that we continue to build and improve, both on and off the pitch. Winning more trophies and qualifying for the Champions League are definite targets for us on the pitch. Behind the scenes we have lots of exciting changes and developments in the pipeline too, so watch this space!
O: What is your hope for the future of the Welsh Premier Women’s League?
H: It’s an exciting period of change for domestic women’s football in Wales too, with the restructure taking place next season. I hope the Welsh Premier Women’s League continues to grow in strength, providing Clubs with opportunities and a platform to attract and develop talented players in Wales.
Congratulations Holly on being the WPWL ‘Seren Y Mis’!