Cwmbran coach Vicki Randall is BBC Wales Sport’s Unsung Hero 2016

A volunteer netball and football coach from Cwmbran, who has encouraged more than 200 girls to play sport every week, has today been named as BBC Wales Sport’s Unsung Hero for 2016.

PE teacher Vicki Randall, 29, set up Cwmbran Youth netball club in 2009 with just five girls. It now has 14 teams. Three players have recently been selected for Wales’ under 17 squad. She also organises a weekly ‘netball tots’ club for children aged between one and five.

Vicki also runs Risca Netball Club, managing all five of their teams in the South East Wales League.

She turned to coaching after being forced to give up playing netball and football because of injury. She has had nine operations on her knee and has continued to coach, sometimes on crutches or in a wheelchair.

Vicki also set up Cwmbran Celtic Ladies football team in 2012, guiding them to promotion to the Welsh Premier league two years later. She also started a reserve team to encourage women to take up the sport.

She typically spends four evenings a week coaching sport after work, often more than one session per evening. At weekends, she spends most Saturdays organising netball matches and tournaments, before devoting up to seven hours on a Sunday to her football teams.

Vicki was nominated by Ann Daley from Pontypool whose daughter plays netball with Cwmbran Youth.

Ann Daley says: “Vicki has given so much to so many, volunteering all her free time. She has had a massive impact in raising levels of participation in sport for girls and women in South East Wales. Vicki really is an Unsung Hero.”

Vicki’s achievement will be recognised at the Wales Sport Awards 2016 on Monday 5 December at Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, where she will share the stage with the night’s other big winners including Coach of the Year, Team of the Year and the prestigious BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

Fans can watch the Wales Sport Awards 2016 live from 7.30pm on Monday 5 December at bbc.co.uk/sportwales and also on BBC iPlayer and the Red Button. The event will also be live on BBC Radio Wales.

The Wales Sport Awards is an event, organised in partnership by BBC Wales and Sport Wales. It aims to recognise the best achievements at elite and community level in Welsh sport.