Date Published: Monday, 23rd September, 2019 - 4:44pm by Nik Mesney
Last week saw the culmination of an 18 month journey for our Director of Football, Jay Catton as he completed his UEFA Pro Licence.
Jay becomes the third holder of the UEFA Pro Licence at Connah's Quay Nomads alongside First Team Manager Andy Morrison and First Team Coach, Craig Harrison.
Jay undertook the course through the FAW alongside a few familiar faces from the JD Cymru Premier with Christian Edwards and Gavin Chesterfield both also on the course along with Wales U21 manager, Paul Bodin.
While the majority of the course over the past 18 months has taken place at Dragon Park in Newport, Jay spent a week in Geneva on a UEFA Coach Education study trip and also made his personal study trip to Madrid where he linked up with both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid's academies. Jay also got to take part in a training session with the Welsh Rugby Union squad during their Six Nations campaign.
What did Jay have to say about it all?
"It has truly been an incredible 18 months of learning and development and an honor to be part of the UEFA Pro Licence.
My personal coaching education journey started with my FAW leaders award at the age of 15, completing the UEFA C, B and A courses all the way up to now Pro Licence has been an incredible one to date.
The UEFA Pro Licence has without a doubt been one of the most challenging, demanding and amazing experiences in my personal career. The course took all of the candidates right out of our comfort zones and gave a totally different perspective to the challenges in the game, both on and off the football pitch."
"The course was run by the FAW Trust, who I have done all of my coach education courses with, was first class with excellent content along with challenging and supportive tutors.
It was a fantastic program put together and lead by Osian Roberts with great supportive tutors in Lennie Lawrence, David Adams and Carl Darlington. I would like to personally wish Osian all the best in his new role with the Moroccan FA. He has done an incredible job for Welsh football and left an outstanding legacy for football in Wales."
"It is a proud moment for me and my family to finish the UEFA Pro Licence and complete a personal ambition which I've worked towards since I began coaching at fifteen. An incredible fifteen year journey to date!
The challenge now is to implement as much from the course for personal development and in aiding all sectors at Connah's Quay Nomads from the academy all the way up to first team level in the JD Cymru Premier.
A huge thanks to everyone at Connah's Quay Nomads for all of your support during this period in completing the UEFA Pro Licence."
Jay also took to Twitter to comment on the achievement.
What an incredible 18 months of learning and development. Today was our final @uefa @FAWTrust pro license contact. One of the most challenging, demanding and amazing experiences in my personal career. Privilege to share the journey with an outstanding group of people. #prolicense pic.twitter.com/Kkz9H3JFEx— Jay Catton (@JayCatton) September 17, 2019
Congratulations Jay from everyone at the club!