We are delighted to announce the appointment of Damian Flynn as our new full time Head of Coaching and Academy Director. Damian will also work as part of the first team backroom staff ensuring a constant link between the Academy and first team squad; whilst driving forward a new community outreach programme across the Vale of Glamorgan.
Damian holds both the UEFA A and Elite Youth licences and brings considerable experience and enthusiasm to the role. Damian has extensive experience in the community football sector and coach education. He has previously held full-time roles at City in the Community at Manchester City Football and Cardiff City FC Foundation. Whilst he is also no stranger to our club having previously worked with our senior team as a first team coach.
In completing the key aims of the role, Damian will also hold the responsibility of driving forward our new community outreach programme. This will see many exciting initiatives designed to engage the local community through the vehicle of sport.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Academy Director Ceri Bowley for all his hard work in professionalising our academy over the last two years. Ceri leaves us to join City Group as their Head of Coaching Support in what is a magnificent career opportunity.
First Team Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented “I’m delighted to welcome Damian back to the club in what is a significant step forward for our football club and for Welsh Football. The appointment of a full time Head of Coaching will facilitate new opportunities for our academy and indeed football within Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan. Damian inherits a good ship from outgoing Academy Director Ceri Bowley who I can’t thank enough for his dedication and efforts in driving the Academy forward over the last two years.”
Damian Flynn commented: “I am extremely excited to be back working for a club that is very close to my heart, Gavin Chesterfield provided me with a great opportunity several years ago to be a part of the club and to gain experience in a professional setting and whilst I learnt a lot and moved on to various roles since, it is now my time to give back to the club and the community. Our ambition is to become the leading WPL Academy, combined with developing a wide range of community outreach programmes; whilst helping educate and developing both local and academy coaches in order to enhance player development.”
“This ambition can only be achieved by us as a club and community coming together and forming successful, strong and purposeful relationships. There is no other club in Wales where I would want to drive this ambition forward. I would like to thank the FAW, FAW Trust and Barry Town United AFC for making this opportunity available. I am looking forward to working with the staff, volunteers, local authorities, the Vale of Glamorgan Council, as well as many local junior football clubs across the Vale to help to achieve something special in our area.”