Cymru centurion Loren Dykes has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to women’s football in Wales.
- Cymru debut August 2007 v Netherlands.
- 105 caps, 3 goals.
- Coach for Cymru WU15s
Dykes won her first Cymru senior cap in August 2007 against the Netherlands, having previously represented her country at U19 level. She then celebrated winning her 100th cap in a match against the Czech Republic in April; only the second ever player, male or female. The full back now has 105 caps, has scored three goals for her country and has not missed a competitive international match for more than three years, including the current UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 qualification campaign.
A pupil at Cwmtawe Community School, Dykes started playing football for local side Pontardawe Town before representing Llanelli Reds, UWIC and Cardiff City Ladies. During her time at University Dykes also represented the Welsh Universities team. Her biggest move at club level came in the 2008/2009 season when she joined Bristol Academy (now called Bristol City Women). As current captain for Bristol City Women, Dykes is a two-time finalist of the FA Women’s Cup and has played in the UEFA Women’s Cup/Women’s Champions League during her career.
The FAW is delighted that Loren has received this recognition. It was great to see her hundred cap achievement recognised in April and also to see her inspire the future through coaching. We are sure that Loren’s family and friends are immensely proud of her achievement.
Off the field, Dykes looks to inspire the stars of the future as a UEFA A Licence coach. As a coach in the Cymru U15 girl’s setup, Dykes takes weekly sessions with the team and being part of the coaching squad that has travelled to Portugal and France this year. As well as coaching Loren is also an ambassador for Street Wales, promoting South Wales Leagues and female participation across Wales. As part of her role, Dykes was an ambassador for the 2019 Homeless World Cup held in Cardiff in July.