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Anne was heartbeat of women's football.

Byline: DAVE JONES Sports Reporter

FOND tributes have been paid to a woman described as "the heartbeat of girls' and women's football in North Wales."

Anne Darwin, best known for her involvement with Kinmel Bay Football Club, but whose influence on the female game earned her respect and recognition all over Wales, passed away recently, aged 63.

he Working alongside her award-winning brother Bill, the Darwins have been pioneers for female football in the north across two decades.

Kinmel Bay player Georgia y ia Williams, 21, said Anne was an inspirational figure to so many young footballers like herself.

"She was an amazing woman who helped me learn to play football back in 2002," said Georgia.

"All of us girls at Kinmel Bay FC, past and present players, will miss her massively."

In May 2002, Anne founded Kinmel Bay Girls FC and was soon coaching more than 100 girls each week.

t Six KBGFC teams were formed which ranged from the 'Jellytots' to the women's open age side.

aggr b Knowing the girls needed regular fixtures but no leagues to play in, Anne was instrumental in helping set up wa h the North Wales Girls League in September 2002, of which she became secretary and treasurer.

The formation of the North Wales Women's Football League followed in September 2003 with Anne being secretary for several years.

In Kinmel Bay FC, from 2002-18 she was not only secretary and treasurer, but also coach and manager of teams across all age groups - under-six to women's - achieving her FAW coaching certificates and attending many national courses.

She was also an official referee.

It was because of Anne's skills at coaching, welfare and administration that Kinmel Bay FC was awarded the Gold Accreditation' Award by the FAW Trust in the 2010-2011 season.

Liverpool FC and Wales legend Ian Rush spent a day at Kinmel Bay to present the award.

Anne was born in Liverpool and attended Notre Dame Girls School, but lived in Hawarden.

She leaves a son, Craig, and daughter, Jenny.

Her funeral will be held at the new Flintshire Memorial Park Crematorium, Oakenholt Lane, Northop Hall, tomorrow (August 23) at 2pm.

| Anne Darwin with her brother Bill, centre, and ex-Liverpool star Ian Rush at Kinmel Bay FC

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Aug 22, 2018
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