BALA TOWN Head of Coaching Carwyn Edwards sat down for a chat with the club's media team last week.

Edwards, now in his third season with Bala, talked about his time coaching with the club, as well as the challenges which will come as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He first became a coach when he was with Porthmadog Juniors at 17 years old helping the under 9's and 11's sides.

He then took a break before returning to coaching nine seasons ago at Porthmadog Academy and Llanystumdwy and then later at Bangor City Academy.

Edwards said: "I was at Bangor for five seasons coaching U11's, U13's and then in my final season the U19's. During my time at the club I completed my C Certificate and the UEFA B Licence and in the season with the U19s we won the North Welsh Premier Development League."

Edwards; coaching form there did not go unnoticed and Bala swooped in quickly to secure his services.

He added: "I was contacted by Colin (Caton) to take over the U19's at Bala for the following season. I thought a new challenge would be good for me and I accepted the offer, a decision I’m glad I made.

"The club have brilliant with me since I joined, giving me opportunities and supporting my development, last season I completed my UEFA A Licence and UEFA Elite Youth A Licence with the clubs backing and I can’t thank everyone enough".

Within two years of being at Maes Tegid, Edwards accepted the position of Head of Coaching.

Talking about the challenges facing Bala Town Academy during the coronavirus pandemic, he said: "The biggest challenge is not having contact with the players on the training pitch and not having games. This is out of routine for the majority of us and we are all hopeful this is over soon.

"I have created a few challenges and a stay at home training program for the players to keep active at home. We have also sent them the FAW home based conditioning programme and delivered the FAW education program via zoom to the players. Some the coaches have done quiz nights with their squads which has been great to see".