Wales Squad to face Northern Ireland in Victory Shield fixture

Technical Director and U16 Manager Osian Roberts has named his squad to face Northern Ireland in the final fixture of the Sky Sports Victory Shield International that takes place at Bangor City’s Bookpeople Stadium on Thursday 21 November with a kick off of 7.35pm. Admission is free for u16s and £5.00 for adults.

Kelland Absalom Cardiff City   Olchfa Comprehensive
Rhys Williams Bury Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College
Aaron Lewis Swansea City Olchfa Comprehensive
Sam Williams Cardiff City Tomlinscote School
Ryan Harrington Everton Wade Deacon High School
Joe McNulty Bristol City Duffryn High School
Elijah Chilekwa Bristol City Rumney High School
Nyasha Mwamuka TNS Ysgol Uwchradd Llanfair Caereinion
Nathan Broadhead Everton Wade Deacon High School
Liam Cullen Swansea City Green Hill School
Jack Evans Swansea City Pentrehafod Comp
Keiran Evans Swansea City Ysgol Bryntawe
Rhys Abbruzzese Cardiff City Aberdare High School
Ben Keating Peterborough United Nene Park Academy
Tyler Roberts West Brom Sandwell Academy
Cameron Coxe Cardiff City Afon Taf High School
Ryan Leak Wolves Erasmus Darwin Academy
Rhyle Ovenden Brighton Willingdon Community School
James Papirnyk Wrexham Ysgol Ardudwy
Ben Woodburn Liverpool Rainhill High School

Welsh Coaches Mentored at Victory Shield International

In addition to the development of Wales’ young footballers on the pitch during their recent Sky Sports Victory Shield encounter with Scotland at Aberystwyth, 18 coaches were also being mentored off-pitch for their ongoing education.

The coaches from North, Central, West and South Wales attended a Study Group Workshop and observed a pre-match presentation by Craig Gill, National Coach Mentoring Coordinator, who gave a detailed brief of the tactical systems employed by Wales and Scotland. Craig explained the process: “The coaches were split into 4 sub-groups, each of which was mentored by a WFT Coach Development Officer, and tasked to observe and notationally analyse different tactical components of one team throughout the match. Each sub-group then delivered their findings back to the whole group post-match, highlighting the specific strengths and areas for development of both teams and designing practices in order to apply their observations in future training
sessions.”

One of the coaches, Steve Deabreu, a current UEFA/FAW B Licence candidate in Gwent who coaches at Cardiff University Development Centre, stated “I found the experience very interesting and was able to further my knowledge and understanding of the game.  I particularly enjoyed the company of experienced coaches and staff which I believe adds great strength to the workshop.”

Technical Director Osian Roberts concluded “Match Analysis is now a major area of the modern game and also a big part of our current development as coaches. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop our coaches’ skills in this area of the game and also helps our player development programme.”

For further information on the F.A.W / Welsh Football Trust Coach Mentoring Programme, please contact Craig Gill, National Coordinator: craig-gill@welshfootballtrust.org.uk

 

Photograph: Antonio Corbisiero’s group feedback their
findings post-match.

Free Futsal Workshops

 

The second level Futsal coaching course in the coaching pathway will soon be launched and available for coaches to access.

In preparation for this course and to offer further support for coaches seeking to advance their knowledge of Futsal, a Futsal Coaching Workshop has been designed.

Futsal Development Officer and Wales Futsal Team Head Coach Richard Gunney will be delivering two coaching workshops with content that will look at attacking principles.  This Coach Mentoring session will work on possession practices and counter attacking in Futsal and will be an opportunity for coaches to see practical examples of the game with an emphasis on the benefits to young players.

To book a place on the FREE Futsal Workshop please email Richard Gunney – richard@welshfootballtrust.org.uk

 

New Dates for Futsal Courses

 

A host of Introduction to Futsal coaching courses are available across Wales for any grassroots coaches wishing to learn the basics of Futsal. These 3 hour FAW certificated courses would be ideal for coaches wishing to use Futsal as a  training tool during the winter months when the poor weather can affect football training sessions and games.

To book a place on the FAW Introduction to Futsal coaching course please complete a course booking form and return to Richard Gunney – richard@welshfootballtrust.org.uk

Wales 2 Scotland 2 – Sky Sports Victory Shield

Wales were denied victory in the final minute at Park Avenue, Aberystwyth last night in a game played in blustery wet conditions.

Wales were looking for their first victory over the Scots since 2007 and started well. Chilekwa shot over the bar after six minutes and the Scots looked hesitant in the opening period, but gradually gained more possession with Dundee United’s talented Alistair Coote causing most of the problems on the left side. Wales goalkeeper Kelland Absalom made a fine save to deny O’Hara and looked assured throughout the game.

Everton’s Nathan Broadhead showed good balance, vision and quick feet and was at the heart of Wales’ best play, but as the half progressed Scotland came into the game and finished strongly taking the lead in the 34th minute following a superb floated cross by Alistair Coote which was met by a good downward header by Kevin O’Hara.

Wales had a penalty claim denied by the referee just before half-time when Sam Williams was brought down in the area following good work again by Broadhead.

Wales made a double substitution at the interval with Swansea City’s Liam Cullen and Wolves defender Ryan Leak replacing wingers Chilekwa and Mwamuka. Leak’s introduction enabled Rhyle Ovenden to move up to strengthen the midfield. Scotland replaced Hill with Gilmour.

Absalom continued to show a commanding presence behind the Welsh defence and twice made excellent saves to deny Heaney.

Wales showed far greater urgency in the second half and gained a deserved equaliser in the 52nd minute. Skipper Ryan Harrington surged forward and passed superbly to Broadhead whose shot was saved by keeper McRorie, but the ball came out to Tyler Roberts who slotted it home.

Archibald replaced the injured Coote in the 69th minute just before Wales took the lead. A mistake by Scotland allowed Liam Cullen to score with a delightful left foot chip over the keeper from just outside the penalty area. It was no more than Wales deserved and they looked far stronger in midfield following their substitutions.

Absalom again saved well from Heaney in the 74th minute and two minutes later Ben Keating replaced Rhyle Ovenden.

In the final minute substitute Theo Archibald stole in at the far post to meet a low cross by Calvin Miller to deny Wales victory. It was a disappointing end to a spirited second-half performance by Wales who showed great character, something which must have pleased manager Osian Roberts.

Substitutions:

40 minutes:
Wales: Chilweka(7) and Mwamka (11) off. Cullen(18) and Leak (17) on

Scotland: Hill(8) off. Gilmour (16) on

46 minutes: Scotland: O’Hara (9) off, Norris (19) on

69 minutes: Scotland: Coote (11) off. Archibald (18) on

76 minutes: Wales: Ovenden (5) off, Keating (14) on

80 minutes: Wales: Abbruzzese (3) off, Lewis (13) on

Teams:

Wales: Absalom (Cardiff City); Coxe (Cardiff City), Abbruzzesse (Cardiff City), Ovenden(Brighton), Williams (Cardiff City); Harrington (Everto)(Capt), McNulty(Bristol City); Chilekwa (Bristol City), Broadhead (Everton), Mwamuka (TNS);Roberts (West Brom)

Subs:Williams (Bury), Lewis (Swansea City), Keating (Peterborough Utd), J. Evans(Swansea City), K.Evans (Swansea City), Leak (Wolves), Cullen (Swansea City).

Scotland:Robby McRorie (Rangers); Lyon(Rangers), Higgins(Celtic), Jones(Hearts),Harvie(Aberdeen); Heaney(Newcastle Utd), McKirdy(Hearts), Hill(Celtic); Miller(Celtic),Coote(Dundee Utd), O’Hara(Forth Valley)

Subs:Doohan(Celtic), Ross McRorie(Rangers), Ross(Aberdeen), Gilmour(Arsenal), Laws(Fortuna Dusseldorf), Archibald(Celtic), Norris(Aberdeen)

Wales U16 Squad Announced for Scotland SKY SPORTS VICTORY SHIELD GAME

Head Coach and Technical Director Osian Roberts has announced his starting 11 for this evening’s live Sky Sports Victory Shield fixture v Scotland at Aberystwyth’s Park Avenue Stadium. The game kicks off at 7.35pm, and spectators can pay at the turnstile.

1 Kelland Absalom – Cardiff City

2 Cameron Coxe – Cardiff City

3 Rhys Abbruzzese – Cardiff City

4 Ryan Harrington – Everton (CAPT)

5 Rhyle Ovenden – Brighton

6 Sam Williams – Cardiff City

7 Elijah Chilekwa – Bristol City

8 Joe McNulty – Bristol City

9 Tyler Roberts – West Brom

10 Nathan Broadhead – Everton

11 Nyasha Mwamuka – TNS

SUBS

12 Rhys Williams – Bury

13 Aaron Lewis – Swansea City

14 Ben Keating – Peterborough Utd

15 Jack Evans – Swansea City

16 Keiran Evans – Swansea City

17 Ryan Leak – Wolves

18 Liam Cullen – Swansea City

Regional Squads UPDATE

The remaining regional squads planned for this week are STILL GOING AHEAD.

GIRLS REGIONAL NORTH

- Wednesday 30th October – Age group 2000 Year of Birth

GIRLS REGIONAL SOUTH

- Thursday 31st October & Friday 1st November – Age group 1998 & 1999

All boys sessions remain the same as previous update

NOTIFICATION OF ANY CANCELLED SESSIONS WILL APPEAR ON THIS WEBSITE AND ON TWITTER

Wales U16 Victory Shield Squad announced for Scotland game

Technical Director and Under 16 Head Coach Osian Roberts has named his U16 Boys Squad for the second Victory Shield game which takes place at Aberystwyth Town’s Park Avenue Stadium on Thursday 31 October at 7.35pm.

Admission is free for Under 16s, and £5.00 for adults. Spectators can pay at the turnstile on the evening.

NAME CLUB SCHOOL
Kelland Absalom Cardiff City Olchfa Comprehensive
Rhys Williams Bury Blessed Thomas Holford CatholicCollege
Aaron Lewis Swansea City Olchfa Comprehensive
Sam Williams Cardiff City Tomlinscote School
Ryan Harrington Everton Wade Deacon High School
Joe McNulty Bristol City Duffryn High School
Elijah Chilekwa Bristol City Rumney High School
Nyasha Mwamuka TNS Ysgol Uwchradd Llanfair Caereinion
Nathan Broadhead Everton Wade Deacon High School
Liam Cullen Swansea City Green Hill School
Jack Evans Swansea City Pentrehafod Comp
Keiran Evans Swansea City Ysgol Bryntawe
Rhys Abbruzzese Cardiff City Aberdare HighSchool
Ben Keating Peterborough United Nene Park Academy
Tyler Roberts West Brom Sandwell Academy
Cameron Coxe Cardiff City Afon Taf High School
Ryan Leak Wolves Chasetown Sports College
Rhyle Ovenden Brighton Willingdon CommunitySchool

UEFA Impressed with Welsh Coaching Courses

Following a UEFA Jira Panel meeting in Vienna it was excellent news for the Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Football Trust as the Coach Education Programme secured and maintained accreditation to the UEFA Coaching Convention.

Visits had been undertaken by members of the Jira Panel in both March and May 2013 to scrutinize and evaluate the Coach Education Programme and they stated they were “impressed with the very high standards”.

Technical Director Osian Roberts commented “I am delighted with this endorsement from UEFA, it is a reflection of the dedication and the quality of the work of the Coach Education department, without whom this would not be possible.”

The Welsh Football Trust is currently organising key events for 2014 which includes the National Coaching Conference and a new cohort of Pro Licence candidates whilst also planning for the longer term.

“We are already looking at a vision for Coach Education 2014-2024, and Wales establishing itself as a ‘world class coaching nation’. We have spent a few years creating a coaching culture in Wales, a foundation which I feel we now have in place. We are now in the second phase which is about building on that foundation.”