College Assistant Principal scores coaching place on national football team

An assistant principal at Coleg y Cymoedd has been recruited by a Welsh semi-professional football team to form part of its strong coaching team.

Neil Smothers, the college’s assistant principal of teaching and learning, has been selected to form part of the Wales C coaching team for its upcoming game against England C on the 30th March.

The Wales C squad is a national football team that represents Wales at a non-league level, consisting of players competing at the highest levels of Welsh football.

Neil, who holds a UEFA Pro Licence – one of the highest qualifications in international football coaching – will join Cardiff Metropolitan university’s Christian Edwards, who won a senior cap for Wales during his footballing career, and Mark Jones, the current team manager, to make up the Cymru C coaching staff ahead of the upcoming fixture.

The three talented coaches will help prepare the players for the game, developing their skills and discussing strategy.

As the former manager of Carmarthen Town AFC, he will bring with him years of experience competing in the JD Cymru Premier – the national football league of Wales. Alongside his direct football involvement, Neil also boasts a breadth of experience within sports education, having previously held the position of Head of School for Sport, Travel & Public services at Coleg y Cymoedd as well as sports lecturer at Ystrad Mynach college prior to that

Neil’s involvement in the Cymru C game will provide him with further practical experience of coaching a semi-professional team, enabling him to bring back first-hand insights an advice to staff and learners at the college.

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