The Welsh football family is mourning the loss of talented coach Dale Williams at the age of 34. Dale, a father-of-one, died on Thursday after a short illness. The FAW C Certificate coach was coach at Tonyrefail Boys and Girls club, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and was working towards next week’s course at the University of South Wales. His mentor was FAW Trust Level 2 Coach Education Assistant Lawrence Badman, who had known Dale since his playing days, describing him as a ‘competitive leader’ and ‘one of the good guys.’ He said: “Dale was on our C Certificate at USW and was an active coach at Tonyrefail BGC as first team coach and also coached at Cambrian and Clydach Development team with the U19s. “Dale played and coached across the Rhondda all of his life. “His playing career was cut short through injury and then he went into coaching a few years back. “He also had a spell at Blaenrhondda when they got promoted to Division one of South Wales Alliance league. “Dale showed great promise during his contact days on our FAW C Certificate with his input both practically and theoretically and was a popular individual with the other candidates on the course.”
Level 2 Coach Education Manager Mark Roberts said: "It was with great sadness we heard of Dale’s tragic passing and immediately all our thoughts are with his family and friends during this devastating time.
"Dale, a youth coach at Cambrian and Clydach was currently undertaking his FAW C Certificate qualification in South Wales, a dedicated student of the game, and someone who’s infectious personality shone through on course, as he was looking to enhance his own education to support the young players he worked tirelessly with, within his local community.
"The whole of the FAW Trust, FAW Coach Education team and our FAW Coaching family will miss Dale’s presence and all our thoughts are with those dearest to him."
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