A football coach from Barry who is registered blind and suffers with chronic pain and chronic fatigue has received a national award.

Chloe McBratney had been presented with the Outstanding Achievement award at the McDonald's FAW Grassroots Football Awards 2019.

Diagnosed with bilateral optic nerve hypoplasia at just 18 months old, Miss McBratney has total blindness in her right eye and has very limited sight in her left.

Growing up, she was frequently hospitalised with glandular fever, mumps, tonsillitis and broken bones.

She was eventually diagnosed with Elhers Danlos Syndrome, hypermobility, degenerative condition Macular Hypoplasia and autoimmune disease.

Recently a further diagnosis has been added to the list - Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome – which means her heart rate can spike at any time.

This means Miss McBratney's immune system is compromised, collagen is missing from all her organs and she is losing her sight completely.

She sufferers from chronic pain in every part of her body, chronic fatigue and leg spasms. Her heart rate can spike up to more than 200 bpm randomly causing nausea, clamminess and pain.

Despite her extensive health issues, Miss McBratney is dedicated to encouraging others to play football and is the coach for Barry Town United Pan Disability.

She started playing football when she was just five and was later spotted by Cardiff City Girls Academy. Playing a wide range of sports, she really excelled in basketball and travelled to Gibraltar with the Under-16s squad.

She secured a spot on the Vale of Glamorgan Coaches of the Future programme and became a volunteer coach with Vale Reds. Now, she is coaching Barry Town United Pan Disability and has obtained her C Licence for Goalkeeping.

“The players at Barry Town United Pan Disability have benefited enormously from Chloe’s coaching and support,” said a spokesperson at the club.

“The progression they have made is nothing short of amazing. Chloe is such an amazing girl but she doesn’t like to called strong or inspirational. She just says: ‘I’m just me and maybe if I hadn’t been dealt all these conditions, I wouldn’t be the person I am now'.”

Miss McBratney is also hoping to compete in the blind football at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next summer.

“We have set some very bold ambitions for the future of grassroots football in Wales because we want to see every child across the nation having the opportunity to play and possibly enjoy a lifetime on fun on the pitch," said FAW Trust's Neil Ward.