Bellamy in Good Company on Pro Licence Course
4 April 2014

Bellamy in Good Company on Pro Licence Course

FA Wales / UEFA Pro Licence 2014/15 Course

FA Wales / UEFA Pro Licence 2014/15 Course

The FAW's seventh UEFA Pro Licence Diploma commenced last Sunday (23rd March), when eighteen students selected from over sixty applicants began their 18 month coach education.

The UEFA Pro Licence is a mandatory qualification for coaches who wish to work in National Leagues within Europe. The aim of the course is to provide aspiring coaches with the necessary training, support and guidance to succeed at the very highest level in football.

Technical Director Osian Roberts commented "Being in post since 2007 I’ve seen the trends of those accessing our Elite Courses changing. Before, many coaches went through their badges and were actually doing the job, now coaches are accessing courses like the Pro Licence to prepare themselves for their first job. Craig Bellamy is a fine example - when the time comes, Craig wants to make sure he's ready for his first coaching role and has the necessary tools for the job by learning from our courses".



Craig is in good company on this year’s course. Tottenham Hotspur duo Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand continue their education in Wales as do Patrick Vieira (Manchester City), Sol Campbell (Arsenal) and Dennis Lawrence (Everton). The course is also supporting the professional club scene in Wales: Swansea City’s Head Coach Garry Monk takes his place alongside Newport County Manager Justin Edinburgh and Under 21 coaches from Swansea (Kris O'Leary) and Cardiff (Kevin Cooper)

Roberts went on to comment "I'm pleased that we have four coaches from our domestic league on the course - ex professionals Greg Strong (Rhyl) and Craig Harrison (TNS), who have worked in the WPL for many years join the cohort with two of the league’s youngest managers Chris Hughes (Newtown) and Ian Hughes (Aberystwyth Town)".

Of the eighteen students selected, thirteen have connections with Wales. The remaining places were allocated to former Welsh International Gareth Taylor who is now learning his trade at Manchester City, Exeter City's U18 Welsh coach Lee Skyrme, former Wales youth International Chris Davies who is heading up the opposition analysis programme at Liverpool.

This year’s course breaks new ground in the Women's game with Roberts delighted to allocate a place to Wales Women's legend Jayne Ludlow, “I’m delighted for Jayne - she's had a fantastic playing career both at club level and on the international stage. Jayne engaged in the coach education courses nearly four years ago and also works with our younger age groups who rightly look up to her as a role model as she passes down all her experience from her playing days. Jayne is Wales’ first female Pro Licence student, which is a major step forward for Women's football in Wales".