WALES manager Chris Coleman has paid a visit to a Swansea football club to highlight the importance of grassroots soccer.
Coleman, who won 32 caps and played for Swansea nearly 200 times, was at Mumbles Rangers where he answered questions and offered training tips to coaches and volunteers.
He also urged people to nominate a Welsh club, coach or league for the 2014 Welsh Community Football Awards
The award is in its seventh year and recognises grassroots football clubs and volunteers across the country.
Coleman said: "Grassroots football is vitally important to everyone; the players, volunteers and parents right the way up to the professional game and ultimately the national team. Without the hundreds of volunteers across Wales, we wouldn't have football to enjoy at any level."
The Mumbles Rangers have about 30 teams, ranging from child adult. They also have more than 100 volunteers dedicating their free time to the club. Last year, the club won the silver award in a Welsh football club accreditation programme.
Chairman of the club, Chris Parkin said: "It was fantastic to welcome Chris Coleman to the club. It means a lot for him to take the time out to come back to Swansea and visit our club."
The awards are open until May 26, to vote go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk/awards.