Swans spread coaching gospel
15th May 2014
Swansea City strengthened their links with the community on Wednesday in the first of their coaching workshops.
Over 100 coaches from the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire Junior Leagues were present at the club's Academy training complex at Landore.
The coaching tutorials were of a practical nature, working with players from the club's Foundation Phase Under-9's, as well as the Under-15 and Under-16's and some of the club's young goalkeepers.
The aim of the workshop was to help local coaches at all levels to understand the Swansea City model, to share various methods and ideas and to demonstrate how the Academy works to help transfer those philosophies into both training and matches.
"It was a big success," said Academy Manager Nigel Rees. "It was the first of a number of coaching seminars that introduced local coaches to both the Academy itself and what we are trying to achieve here within the community.
"It's also about giving something back. Local coaches are the volunteer army; none of them will be getting paid, and it is giving them a support network so they are conversant with our style of football.
"The concept for us was to work closely with the grassroots coaches and encouraging an element of trust to develop a support network."