North Wales Coast Grassroots Coaching Conference
17 February 2015

North Wales Coast Grassroots Coaching Conference

“Skill Acquisition” - Sunday 15th February 2015



There was continued success over the weekend as our Grassroots Coaching Conference at Llandrillo College attracting over forty coaches.

The Grassroots Coaching Conferences give a Football Leader or FAW C Certificate holder the chance to revalidate their award FREE of charge and any coach with either award can attend anywhere in Wales to complete revalidation time and a further personal development opportunity

This course was proved to be a great success with coaches coming from as far as Anglesey to attend. The conference was based around “Skill Acquisition” with a Goalkeeping element covered in the afternoon with conference guest speaker Darren Ward.

The morning saw Welsh Football Trust Staff member Gareth Owen deliver a theory session based around the topic leading into practical sessions delivered by Guy Handscombe, Mark Roberts and Gareth respectively.

The afternoon saw guest speaker Darren Ward deliver a theory presentation on the methods of development employed at Sheffield United and then demonstrated these methods with the players practically on the 3G at the college

Course organiser Gareth Owen commented “It’s great we are sustaining good numbers on these conferences and that coaches in the region are given a free opportunity to revalidate their respective Award. There is always something new to learn in football so every day is a school day. From the feedback we have received in recent conferences we have tried to do something different this year and looked at things from a goalkeeping point of view which went down very well with those attending. Huge thanks must go to our guest speaker, Darren Ward, who made the day all the more memorable for his input in the afternoon ”.

Course candidate Karl Sieben, who is U11s coach at Penrhyn Bay added “it was a really enjoyable day, not only that, but I took lots from it in terms of knowledge. I work with an U11 age group so I am now in a better position to challenge them further in my practical sessions and look deeper into how they acquire their skills. Everyone presented really well but I especially enjoyed Darren Ward who was the guest speaker on the day. It was great seeing things from a different angle and I now have some good ideas on how to include my own goalkeeper in sessions more effectively”

WFT would like to thank staff Mark Roberts, Mike Parry and Guy Handscombe along with Darren for his time and input. Huge thanks also to Llandudno FC Academy Director Clive Rushton and Assistant Academy Director Grant Montgomery for the support with their U13s who were fantastic on the day.

Lastly thanks to Llandrillo College for providing the facilities for the day

North Wales Coast Grassroots Coaching Conference
North Wales Coast Grassroots Coaching Conference