2018 FAW National Coaches Conference
National Team Manager Ryan Giggs is attending the 2018 FAW National Coaches Conference searching for ’nuggets of information’ to help his preparation for Wales’ upcoming matches.
Giggs, who takes his team to Pasadena to face Mexico on Tuesday, 28 May, before September’s Nations League double-header against Republic of Ireland and Denmark, will join in with the annual coaching showcase before meeting up with his squad.
He said: “I’m a young coach and I’m constantly learning.
“I want to be the best. I want to get better and to do that I need to keep developing and grabbing new ideas to use in preparation for games, even for the national team.
“You never stop learning. You can always develop yourself.”
The former Manchester United player-manager admits he still has much to learn as a coach and sees the National Conference as the perfect place to discuss new ideas and trends.
He said: “I’m looking forward to being there, seeing coaches from all around the country and helping develop their skills.
“Listening to different speakers and when coaches get together, that’s when you learn the most
“Speaking to similar minded people and getting little nuggets of information to use in future.”
Last year the likes of Belgium assistant manager Thierry Henry and Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta were at the annual gathering, which serves to revalidate the qualifications of elite coaches from UEFA B Licence and up, but is also relevant to those working at grassroots level.
This year, an equally illustrious list of guests to present practical and theory sessions across the weekend is currently being finalised.
Former Wales internationals like Jack Collison, Carl Fletcher, Sam Ricketts and Steve Morison expected to attend as current UEFA Pro Licence candidates.
Fletcher, who won 38 caps, said: “It’s always great to hear from people who are at the top of their game.
“The new things that you learn would benefit any coach. Every day is a learning day and I'm looking forward to it."