Guest blog / Blognod gwadd: The Welsh Way

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  1. alarch says:

    Terrific post – the best synopsis of the development of grassroots football in Wales that I’ve read.

    There’s no question about the excellence of the work undertaken by the FAW Trust. However, I do wonder about the scale and scope of grassroots coaching. I can’t help but think that relying on well-meaning dads (albeit ones with some coaching qualifications) to provide grassroots coaching is only going to get you so far.

    I believe that we should follow the Icelandic model, with coaches providing a professional i.e. paid-for service. There would be challenges of affordability and access to all sectors of society with such an approach – but it’s not as if we have to re-invent the wheel, given we have the Icelandic model to learn from. Following this model should vastly increase the quality of player at our disposal. As it is I have reason to believe that we are still losing too much talent needlessly, because of the lack of suitably qualified coaches.

    I’d be interested to hear from others about the merits of moving to a professional grassroots coaching model.

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