Social Media goes crazy as the FAW National Coaches Conference 2017 comes to town

Some of the biggest names in football spent a bank holiday weekend in Newport to learn all about coaching and sent social media into overdrive in the process.

But as those assembled in Newport learned from some of the best minds in the game, thousands more, from around the world, followed from afar as stars like Thierry Henry, Mikel Arteta, Chris Coleman and our Elite Performance Director, Ian Rush addressed the candidates.

Hours before, Rush and Coleman were on the Celtic Manor golf course, competing for the Matt Southall Trophy, alongside some of the biggest names in Welsh football and many of our sponsors and supporters to raise money for grassroots football in Wales at the first FAW Charity Golf Day.

Then within hours of the conference kicking off, it’s hashtag #FAWCoachConf was trending on Twitter and every corner of the globe appeared to have its eye on the action ,as the likes of Coleman, our Technical Director Osian Roberts and Newport County manager Mike Flynn shared their recent experiences.

As the assembled stars, guests and hundreds of coaches from up and down Wales started posting from the glitzy dinner that rounded off the opening night, the word spread further that the FAW National Coaches Conference was an event to keep an eye on.

At that dinner, Henry, Ian Rush and Mikel Arteta, spoke about their experiences playing the Champions League, as Wales prepares to welcome the greatest show on earth next weekend.

Many of the event’s guests, like Capital FM radio DJs Polly James and Michelle Owen, used social media to talk about the proceedings, which spread word of the event to a new audience.

By the time Day Two kicked off, fans were following in their thousands, hungry for news and pictures from the event, especially when the likes of Henry and Arteta were presenting theory and practical sessions.

This video quizzing former Wales international Robert Earnshaw, turned A Licence International student, about his playing career was viewed 5,000 times in it’s first 12 hours online and continues to be popular.

While this one of former Tottenham striker Mido, which quizzed him on his knowledge of Wales and Welsh football, attracted a record number of views once many of his 2.3m followers started watching and sharing it.

By the end of the practical sessions at Dragon Park on Sunday, millions of people from every continent, had been a part of the biggest event in the Welsh coaching calendar and hopefully they’ll all join us again next year.

To look back at all the action from an exciting weekend, check out @FAWCoachEd on Twitter.