Bellevue Football Club will have a five-man coaching team in place for the coming season.
The Wrexham side, members of the North East League League since 2017-18, have expanded their management set-up with regular leader Delwyn “Sheep” Derrick joined by Christopher Leaney, Gaz Parker and Nathan Hauton, while club stalwart Jimmy Wright also ventures into coaching for the first time.
Community champion Delwyn, named BBC Wales’ Get Inspired Unsung Hero last year, and who has had a worrying spell health wise, said: “I’m really happy to be welcoming four new coaches to the club.
“Given the chaotic last 12 months I’ve had it is going to be great having some extra pairs of hands.
“Jimmy Wright has obviously been with the club with me since day one and it’s awesome that he’s finally taking the step up into coaching.
“Nathan Hauton and CJ Leaney have both being playing at the club and it’s obviously awesome that we can give them that opportunity to train up and start their coaching career with us.
“Gaz Parker is a dark horse; he approached us shortly before lockdown and has already signed himself up for the FAW coaching pathway and we are always excited to welcome new people into the team.
“He has the same beliefs and values as the rest of us so we are confident he will do well here at Bellevue.
“Personally I’m really excited to work with this group of lads and hopefully they’ll enjoy what’s ahead for this little club.”
Bellevue have finished bottom of the North East Wales League for each of the three seasons they have been members and will be looking to improve in the new-look North East Wales League, which expands next season to include clubs from the Welsh National (Wrexham Area) League.
Christopher Leaney, who has past links with Brighton and Hove Albion, said:
“I got into coaching, and have coached some excellent young players. One or two went on to play and captain at League 1 or Championship level.
“I have worked many years with former Spurs and Brighton favourite Guy Butters at ‘Albion in the Community’. I organised charity football matches with ex pros and celebrities.
“I moved to Wrexham last year and joined the committee of the Wrexham DSA to organise similar events for them up here. I play and coach with Sheep (Delwyn Derrick) at Bellevue.”
Gaz Parker added:
“I’m fairly new to coaching but have done a little bit of volunteering work coaching in the past with some kids while I was living in Canada a couple of years back (15-16 year olds).
“I started my level coach training with the English FA before I move to Canada for a year (it was a sudden move to take a job opportunity. I had maybe a month’s notice to move to Edmonton).
“Now that I’m back and settled into UK life again I started working on getting my coaching badges up to date and started looking for a local club that I felt like it was doing something and having a real impact on people which is when I found Bellevue and reached out to Sheep and now here I am.
“Sadly I was just starting to get to know the team when lockdown happened but I’m raring to go once we can get back out and playing. Before coaching I used play for Mold Alex as a centre-back but as I got to college age (about 16) I ended up picking subjects that meant I needed to get my head down and work a lot (maths and engineering).
“I continued to love to watch and play the game whenever I had the opportunity but my job has led to lots of international travel in my 20’s so joining a team was difficult.
“Fast forward and my stint in Canada along with many other experiences with work have me now settled back here as a laboratory manager (so a lot less travel now thankfully) and I started getting back up to date on my badges and looking for a club to get involved with.”
Nathan Hauton, a player at Bellevue, is now working on becoming a coach.
“I’m currently waiting to go on my Leaders’ and C licence which I’m really excited about, getting involved with the lads.
“I used to be a coach with Chirk Youth, I took a break from the youth side so my qualifications expired. I then got involved with Bellevue, playing as a centre-back, I really enjoyed getting involved with a great bunch of lads.
“Then I was asked to go into the coaching team which is an exciting new challenge. We’re now getting the lads ready pre-season and hopefully getting a nice strong squad together.”