Coach Mentoring Study Group Visit – MCFC Academy
14 October 2013

Coach Mentoring Study Group Visit – MCFC Academy

Educational Experience for WFT Staff and North Wales 'Coach Champions'

Educational Experience for WFT Staff and North Wales 'Coach Champions'

The Welsh Football Trust’s Coach Mentoring Programme is continuing to grow and a recent initiative raised by National Coordinator Craig Gill has resulted in Study Group visits being arranged by Regional Coach Development Officers for Welsh Premier League and Tier 2 Academy Directors, Welsh Football Trust tutors and mentors, and ‘Coach Champions’ to closely observe various top level academies in Wales and the English Premier League.


As part of this initiative, Gareth Owen, North Wales Coaching Coordinator, recently organised a Study Group visit for Northern-based mentors and coaches to attend Premier League Manchester City’s Academy. The visit was the first of its kind and took place over a two day event at Platt Lane, home of the academy in Manchester. Eighteen candidates attended the visit and took away some thought provoking ideas and content which they can implement in their own academies in North Wales. The candidates studied many different aspects of the academy but mainly concentrated on coach methodology, coach mentoring, academy philosophy and the staffing structure.


“From the initial meetings with Manchester City Academy Director, Mark Allen, and Head of Academy Operations & Administration, Neil Roberts, it was clear that the content of the visit was going to be of the highest standard and delivered by experts in their fields. “This was obviously going to benefit our own academy directors, coaches and mentors and it formed the basis of the study visit” said Gareth.

He added, “Our own academy directors and Welsh Football Trust tutors and mentors do enormous amounts of work and this was also an opportunity for us as a department to say ‘thank you’ and to further develop them as important members of our footballing family. Going somewhere like Manchester City is fantastic continued professional development as well as an opportunity to continue relationships with the club in terms of all things football. Everyone who attended couldn’t speak highly enough of the content and delivery of Scott Sellars, Head of Coaching, and Mark Burton, Head of Foundation Phase, and have already been asking about the next visit!”

Further Coach Mentoring Study Group Visits are planned in the coming months for Welsh Premier League and Tier 2 Academy Directors, Coach Educators, Mentors, and ‘Coach Champions’ from Gwent, and Central, West and South Wales.

Details of the WFT Coach Mentoring Programme can be obtained from Craig Gill, National Coach Mentoring Coordinator, The Welsh Football Trust, or your Regional Coach Development Officer. Please see The Welsh Football Trust web-site for contact details.

The visiting group of coaches were:

Candidate Name Club

  • Dewi Llion Jones, Bala Town FC

  • Lee Acott, Flint Town United FC

  • Jay Catton, GAP Connah’s Quay FC

  • Niall McGuiness, Rhyl FC

  • Mel Jones, Bangor City FC

  • Clive Rushton, Llandudno Town FC

  • Lee Starkey, Airbus UK FC

  • Gareth Parry, Porthmadog FC

  • Chris Thompson, WFT North Wales Girls Performance Centre Staff

  • Andy Lewis, WFT Tutor

  • Chris Hughes, WFT Tutor

  • Andrew Wright, WFT Tutor

  • Mark Roberts, WFT Tutor

  • Grant Montgomery, Llandudno Town FC

  • Dave Riley, Airbus UK FC

  • Scott Ruscoe, TNS FC

  • Wayne Haynes, Cefn Druids FC

  • Chris Hardy, Prestatyn Town FC

Coach Mentoring Study Group Visit – MCFC Academy
Coach Mentoring Study Group Visit – MCFC Academy