Newtown AFC are pleased to announce that club captain Craig Williams has been appointed as the club’s new Head of Coaching.

 

Williams has over 400 appearances playing in the first team for the Robins and has progressed through the club academy.

 

The club would also like to thank FA Wales and the FA Wales Trust for their support.

 

Newtown’s Finance Director, Barry Gardener, welcomes the appointment: “Craig Williams brings in both experience of playing at Welsh Premier League level as well as his own pathway through the club’s academy system to first team.

 

“He played a major role in last season’s academy overseeing the u14s and u19s and has started his A licence.

 

“He brings long term stability to the academy and has an important task to develop it.

 

“We feel his local knowledge of grassroots, academy, school and his network will be a great benefit to the club.”

 

Williams was part of the Newtown squad that reached the UEFA Europa League qualifying stages in the summer of 2015.

 

The Robins reached the second qualifying round after beating Maltese side Valletta 4-2 on aggregate before being knocked out by Danish club FC Copenhagen.

 

The Future

 

Our Finance Director shared with us the club’s aims for the academy going forward.

 

Talent ID – make sure we know about the best players in Powys.

 

Player development – Improve the ability though training and games programme.

 

Coach education – Improve coaching and make Newtown AFC the coach education hub for Mid Wales.

 

Improve community links to integrate and bring more participants into the club and football.

 

Words from the Gaffer

 

Newtown manager Chris Hughes is also delighted with the news at the club.

 

He said: “I’m really pleased for Craig Williams as he has deserved it for all of his hard work towards the club over the years.

 

“This is an important role within the club and it’s the perfect challenge for Craig.

 

“I wish him the best of luck and look forward to working with him closely.”