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9 June 2017

Mark Doherty
Bronwen Thomas was recognised for her achievements at international level.

Thomas scored three goals for Albion in the FA WSL Spring Series.

Brighton & Hove Albion forward Bronwen Thomas was awarded the Welsh under-17 Player of the Year Award at last week’s Women’s Champions League Final at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The 17-year-old attended the prestigious fixture in the Welsh capital, where Lyon overcame French rivals Paris Saint-Germain on penalties, and received her award in a ceremony hosted inside the stadium before kick-off.

Thomas, who also won the FAW’s Women’s Young Player of the Year Award in 2016, expressed her delight after picking up the accolade, and reflected on the beneficial experience of watching the women’s showcase final.

She said, “It was a great experience, especially with Wales hosting the Champions League Final. It was a lovely occasion and winning the award really topped it off.

“It was a surprise. I won the award for the under-17s, which is the age group I’ve just moved out of, and there were a lot of contenders who could have won it.

“All the age groups from Wales were there and we had a ceremony within the stadium before the game, where the national team manager presented me with my award.

“It was really good to see the level of those players, it was a great standard. It’s a shame that the game went to penalties, but it was lovely to be there and that’s where I’m aiming to be in the future.”

The forward featured in all nine of Albion’s FA WSL Spring Series games, and believes the team can learn from the experience, as they prepare themselves for the FA WSL2 season.

“It was really beneficial, we came in and performed well. It showed us the level that we need to get to, in order to reach the top of the league, and I think that we can get there.

“It was great to be one of the scorers and hopefully I can build on that next season, and hopefully score more.

“The aims are to push for promotion and reach the Women’s Super League 1. With Wales, I’d like to carry on maintaining my performances and get some more game time with them.

“I’ve still got a lot to prove. There’s great competition, so I’ve got to carry on working hard and hopefully I’ll get a regular starting place.”

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