Talgarth’s man helps Wales succeed in football
Gareth Davies has enjoyed an illustrious footballing career playing for Hereford United, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City, but he is now helping to develop the future of Welsh football as Wales Under-17 assistant coach, writes intern journalist Josh Warn.
After Gareth was forced to retire from football due to injury in 2002, he took a hiatus from the sport but found a new love for training in 2007 after his sons Rosgoch FC needed training. a new manager.
14 years later, Gareth is now on the verge of obtaining his UEFA Pro coaching license with the Welsh Football Association, which means he could manage at Premier League level.
Through tutoring and mentoring aspiring coaches, he has helped people like Michael Arteta, Michael Essien and Peter Crouch.
Gareth said: “If someone told me when I was 10 that I would teach people like Thierry Henry, I would say you’re crazy.”
In November, alongside Wales Under-17 head coach Richard Williams, Gareth helped guide the Welsh side to European qualification. Wales took part in the European Under-17 qualifying tournament in Group 11, alongside Portugal, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Portugal and Ukraine were both seeds in the tournament, meaning Wales had to beat either side to secure qualification for the draw for the Elite European Under-17 Championship.
Gareth said: âWe were big underdogs against Ukraine and Portugal so beating Ukraine 3-1 was a great result.
“Although we lost 2-0 to Portugal, their coaches said we worried them.”
In March 2022, the Wales Under-17s will compete in Group 7 accompanied by Slovenia, Turkey and Serbia in a bid to advance to the European Championship final.
Although Gareth has trained various football greats, it is the development of local coaches and young players that he and the Wales Football Association believe is a key focus.
Gareth played football for Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye as a junior, so he understands the hardships many young players can experience when thinking about a footballing future.
Gareth added: âWe have to look to the younger generations to find the next Gareth Bale. Just because we are in a rural area, you can still be successful as a footballer. “