New FAW President plans regular tournament attendance to help fund infrastructure
A former Airbus Broughton production manager has taken over the reins of the Football Association of Wales.
Steve Williams was officially elected as the new FAW president last month and has now given an overview of his approach to the job as his four-year term began yesterday.
Raised in Cefn Mawr, Williams, 57, was instrumental in the merger of Cefn Albion with Druids United to form the current JD Cymru Premier Cefn Druids club in 1992.
His early introduction into the politics and administration of Welsh football served him well, and his talent was identified early on by former FAW adviser Jack Evans, who helped him develop his own path which would see him elected to the FAW Council in 1997 at the age of just 33. .
His subsequent work as secretary of the Cymru Alliance has enabled clubs in the region to successfully carry out targeted projects, with his dedication to national football earning him well-deserved respect across Wales.
“I don’t want to be a president who just sits here waiting for the phone to ring,” Williams told the FAW website, “I want to be involved and engaged. I think it’s imperative that myself and Noel (new CEO, Noel Mooney) let’s work together and sing the same song, and I can be eyes and ears in the north.
“I know I will be different from previous presidents and I will be very involved and open with our senior managers. I think this is a key element in a working relationship, and we need to develop an openness within the association.
“The more we can accomplish at the senior level, the more we can invest at a lower level, but we need these volunteers in our clubs. “
“We want to keep pushing the U17 and U19, men and women, and on top of that our own national game. I want to see JD Cymru Premier move forward and I want to see the teams get stronger and progress in Europe.
“For me, it’s about being engaged and caring, and trying to keep everyone on their toes to take us to the next level in everything we do.”
Williams worked closely with the late Gary Speed during his tenure as Chairman of the International Committee and was instrumental in the development and construction of Colliers Park in Wrexham.
However, the future is at the center of Williams’ concerns now as he begins his new role, with the return to competition for the men’s and women’s teams in September being the immediate challenge.
“The World Cup in 2022 is the next tournament for us,” he added.
“We all want to get there because I want to see us qualifying regularly for the majors. We need to make sure now that we are involved in these finals, as this will continue to increase our profile and our bank balance for us to reinvest in our infrastructure.