Rhiannon was a talented goalkeeper who had been an integral part of the Girls Development Programme for three years, within the Football in the Community Trust. The last 12 months Rhiannon had generously donated her time to working as a volunteer on our Trust’s Holiday Development Courses, whilst also assisting as a coach on a weekly basis with our Centre for Excellence under 10’s.
Rhiannon was a great character, who simply loved football with an unquenchable passion. Her empathy and understanding whilst engaging with young footballers of all ages was a sight to behold. She was indeed a unique and special person, whom we all had high hopes and aspirations for, for the future.
Wednesday 21st January 2015 will be a day that we will never forget, when we received the devastating news of Rhiannon’s tragic and premature passing.
Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to all of Rhiannon’s family and friends.
Rhiannon’s U16 coach and mentor Shane Hewlett commented: “Rhiannon was so passionate and dedicated to playing and coaching, she loved representing Swindon Town and took pride in her attention to detail in improving herself and supporting her team mates. With Rhiannon, it was so evident to see how powerful football can be within someone’s life. For the Football in the Community Trust Rhiannon will be irreplaceable.”
Finally, our lasting memory of the wonderful Rhiannon Brown goes back to July 2013 when she gallantly saved the penalty that took her team to the next round of the Gothia Cup in Sweden. The elation and emotion that all of her team mates expressed to her that day, really typified the true spirit of Rhiannon and STFC Football in the Community Trust.
Rhiannon Brown 10/08/99 – 21/01/15
Rest in Peace