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Football Development

Aims

The Broad aims of the Technical Department are:

Background

The post is a Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust – Technical Department initiative with facility support from our Local Authority.

Wrexham is traditionally a strong Football area producing many professional players including the National manager Mark Hughes and Robbie Savage Birmingham City and Wales.

The County is fortunate enough to house one of only three professional clubs in Wales, Wrexham Associate Football Club (AFC) playing in the Skrill Premier Conference League and a Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League side North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI) Cefn Druids.

With the history of Football within the area there is a great deal of structured activity currently taking place in the area and therefore it’s the development Officers role to ensure that current and future activities fit into the National strategy for Football within Wales.

The National Programme consists of 5 main programme area:

Area Football

The objective of which is to increase participation in association Football amongst all children of school age.

The key partners within the area are Wrexham Football in the Community (junior school, Fun Centre and Fun week programmes), Cefn Druids Football Club, Dragon Sport, local schools, Community Clubs and Leisure Centres.

Women and Girls’ Football

The objective is to increase opportunities specifically for women and girls to participate in Football.

With the assistance of Wrexham Football in the Community, NEWI, Dragon Sport, the programme has a designated officer Michael Parry with the role to grow our female game within the local region, details can be found at www.welshfootballtrust.org.uk/Staff.ink

Coach Education Programme

The objective is to recruit, train and develop coaches to support the development of players.

Locally the all the foundation level courses are available, with guidance of how to access further courses from FAW Football Leaders Award to Professional diploma with courses delivered both on evenings and weekends to support the flexibility of our modern coaches.

Player Development Programme

The objective is to identify and support talented players to develop their potential.

Due to the number of bodies with a vested interest in this area a Player Development Forum for the area has been set up to ensure that the players best interests are met. Representatives from NEWFA, Wrexham and District Youth Football League (WDYFL), FAW Trust, Welsh Schools' Football Association (WSFA) Primary and Secondary.

Junior Club Development

The objective is to raise the provision for players within their Junior Clubs through criteria set out in the Club Accreditation Programme. This involves working closely with the WDYFL and identified clubs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join a club?

For information on the local Youth League contact Wrexham and District Youth League.

Where can I my child attend holiday and fun football centres?

Wrexham FC Football in the Community on 01978 317686.

How do I become a coach?

For information on local and national Coach Education courses contact the Welsh Football Trust - www.welshfootballtrust.org.uk