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The 2013/14 FAW National Coaches Conference is in full swing in South Wales at the wonderful St.Pierre Marriott Hotel and Country Club with over 150 candidates and guests from across the Welsh football family.
The first day opened with two leading experts in their field, SL Benfica's U18 Head Coach Joao Tralhao discussing the Benfica philosophy and delivering an Offensive v Defensive Organisation practice, with the emphasis on Possession vs Pressure.This was followed by one of the English Premier League's most exciting managers and FAW PRO Licence Holder Everton's Roberto Martinez enthusing the audience of coaches from all levels of our game and providing discussion and debate on prinicples of attacking play within the final third.
The opening day closed with the official coaches dinner which included a wonderful interactive Question and Answer session, led via Ian Gwyn Hughes from the FAW and Roberto Martinez being joined by former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.
Saturday saw the quality of guests continue with Cardiff City's leading youth development coach and former Welsh Football Trust employee James Rowberry, delivering an insight into his club's Individual Position Specific Coaching, both from a theoretical and practical view point. James was joined in the morning by leading Psychology and Sports Science experts Ian Mitchell and Adam Owen, both of whom have been a key part of the FAW Player development pathway, and they enthused candidates with their delivery.
The close of the morning was an opportunity for candidates to hear from two of the country's leading managerial figures as Swansea City's newly appointed manager Garry Monk was joined on stage by Senior National Manager Chris Coleman discussing their thoughts about the modern game and exciting challenges ahead.
On Saturday afternoon coaches and candidates returned to Dragon Park to view a variety of practical sessions from our guest deliverers including;
Day Three continued and concluded as the previous days had, with a strong variety of guest speakers from across the world of football.
Sky Sports' Bryn Law - someone who has been a key member of recent FAW/UEFA A and Pro Licence courses - demonstrated and shared his vast knowledge of the world of media, discussing modern issues and methods of communication to support all levels of coaches involved. Bryn was followed by Pepijn Lijnders - FC Porto's leading Individual Player Development coach - who enthusiastically demonstrated his expertise developing individual talent in Portugal, qualities that have seen Lijnders earn strong recognition for his approach to individual support for some of Europe's most promising players.
The final theoretical delivery of the 2014 FAW National Coaches Conference and first practical delivery on our closing day was via Newtown AFCs newly appointed manager Chris Hughes. Chris, a current FAW/UEFA PRO Licence candidate, who shared his experiences after his recent move into management following holding several successful Head Coach roles. He discussed with candidates the difference and key changes in moving from a number two to a number one with regard to management structure.
Chris opened practical sessions later that afternoon at Dragon Park delivering what has been a key strength of his new side - counter- attacking from deep. The Newtown manager was followed by former Newcastle United and Premier League centre-back Steve Howey, who shared his vast knowledge and experience delivering a "defending as a team" session.
The final delivery of the conference was from Pepijn who had earlier in the day shared his beliefs and philosophy with an engaged crowd, and now had the opportunity to put theory into practice with numerous high intensity and player specific practices delivered with his passion and love for the game, and his desire to improve players was clearly visible to all.
Below are just some photos of the first day's highlights