We welcomed visitors from Germany, Kazakhstan and The Faroes
A UEFA Coach Education study group comprised of visitors from Germany, Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands spent four days in Wales this week.
The group spent much of their time learning about elite youth coaching, at Dragon Park and Cardiff City’s training ground at the Vale Hotel Resort, in Hensol.
On Monday, March 27, Technical Director Osian Roberts talked the delegates through the FAW coaching pathway before observing Head of Player Development Richard Williams running the Wales U15 Boys through a session at Dragon Park, in preparation for their matches in Poland.
On Tuesday, the visiting associations presented on their national development structures before Wales National Team psychologist Ian Mitchell spoke about how the mental wellbeing of young players is managed in Wales.
The group also heard from Eric Ramsey about how individuals are coached on our Advanced Youth Licence programme.
Then on Wednesday, the visiting group spent the day at Cardiff City’s training ground in the Vale of Glamorgan, where they heard from the club’s Player Development Manager Craig Bellamy about their playing style.
Bluebirds academy coaches Jarred Harvey and James McCarthy described the club’s playing philosophy and their pre-match preparations before taking a training session with the U23 squad ahead of Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.
The study visit finished with a dinner at the Priory Hotel, Caerleon.
FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward said: “The UEFA funded study group has been a great success. We exchanged our good practices as well as discussing issues we face.
“The feedback from the candidates who visited us was very positive. They spoke very highly of our coach education courses.
“It’s also a two-way learning process and we learn as much about their practices as they do ours.”
FAW Trust Head of Coach Education Carl Darlington said: “We enjoyed four excellent days hosting the UEFA Study Visit focusing on elite youth coaching.”