Star names gather in Wales for National Coaches Conference 2016
20 May 2016

Star names gather in Wales for National Coaches Conference 2016

The great and good of football have arrived in Wales


Thierry Henry is just one of the stars in Wales for the 2016 National Coaching Conference.
Hundreds of coaches have gathered at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport for the three-day event that aims to help Wales develop the game at all levels and aim to qualify for future tournaments amid the joy of Euro 2016 qualification.
Henry is joined by fellow Arsenal favourites Mikel Arteta, Sol Campbell and Freddie Ljungburg as well as the likes of Marcel Desailly and Ian Rush.

Former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood was also among the illustrious list of speakers.
Along with Henry, he will be presenting a practical session at Dragon Park tomorrow.

FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward opens the conference by looking back on a truly remarkable year for Welsh football.
He said: "It's been a hugely successful season and there's much to be proud of but there are some key challenges ahead.
"We need to guard against complacency.
"We're investing more in player development and building the pathway from grass roots right up to the national squads.
"We want to become a world class coaching nation and get ever better at what we do.
"The future looks optimistic as long as we can capitalise on these opportunities."

Today's other speakers included FAW Intermediate Assistant Manager David Hughes, Ryan Alexander, of US Soccer, and Sky Sports reporter Bryn Law, who spoke about the importance of dealing with the media for coaches.
Finally, Henry, Sherwood and Alexander were joined by Exeter City development coach Lee Skyrme in presenting their practical sessions.
In the evening, the coaches convened for a gala dinner at the resort, featuring Q&A with Henry and his France World Cup winning teammate Marcel Desailly and one with Sol Campbell and Freddie Ljungberg about the pressures of tournament football.

Star names gather in Wales for National Coaches Conference 2016
Star names gather in Wales for National Coaches Conference 2016
Star names gather in Wales for National Coaches Conference 2016
Star names gather in Wales for National Coaches Conference 2016