Welcome message from our Chair Mr. John Mann (Wrexham Schools F.A.)
On behalf of all the Officers, I would like to welcome you to the new website of the Welsh Schools F.A. The Welsh Schools Football Association aims, via the curriculum and on a voluntary basis, to provide:
• Football for boys and girls aged 4-18.
• Football to both able and disabled pupils via our competitions.
• To inspire, inform, educate and provide learning opportunities for the school children of Wales
through the medium of football and healthy competition.
• To provide a steady stream of talented players to represent their country at all levels.
While recognising the elite players we also cater for grass root players of all ages and gender. We endeavour to enthuse pupils of all ability ranges to take part and enjoy the game of football.
This website is aimed to keep people informed of all our activities and the progress of teams within our competitions.
Mr. Derek Fowle (Newport Schools F.A.)
It is with great sadness that the Welsh Schools F.A. confirm the passing of a true gentleman and a stalwart of Schools football in Newport and within the Welsh Schools F.A. Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of a great servant to children's sport and education.
Wednesday 26th August at St. Woolos Cathedral, Newport NP20 4EA (2.45 p.m.)
Following on from a successful football career in which he had schoolboy trials with West Bromwich Albion, Derek played for many Seasons in Newport Leagues for Newport YMCA. He later played with friends and colleagues in veteran League 5 a side matches.
During his teaching career at Bettws High School, where he taught English, he became involved in the coaching and organisation of schoolboy teams. This led him to become involved with Newport Schools F.A. There he teamed up with Adrian Jones (Hartridge) and together they ran the Senior U15 Newport Town Representative Team playing in Welsh and English Schools Compettions.
When Adrian Jones left to take up the position of Welsh Schools FA U15 Team Manager, Derek continued his involvement with the sides. He later worked with Bob Sully and mentored the development of many young players within the town who went on to play professional football. Perhaps his best achievement with Newport Schools was reaching the Semi Final at the English Schools FA U15 Trophy in the 1995 Season. This is the largest competition for Representative sides in the Country and they were narrowly defeated.
Derek took a keen interest in the careers of all his former players as well of those of other younger players within the Newport and Gwent Area. This led him to become a scout with Cardiff City F.C. and in later years Swansea City F.C.
He worked with the Welsh Schools F.A. in conjunction with the Welsh Schools FA as a Player Identification Officer for the National Development Squads using his talent for spotting potential players in the South Wales Area. His jovial character made him popular with the other Football League Scouts who regularly attend Schoolboy Fixtures throughout Wales as they travelled about together.
It was only recently because of illness that Derek was forced to give up this scouting role. However, he continued to work tirelessly behind the scenes for the benefit of Newport Schools who are now linked with Newport County Academy. He took on the role of Welfare officer for Newport thus continuing his association with Schoolboy football within Newport and the WSFA to the end. He was a truly dedicated supporter of Schoolboy Football who was well respected by his former players and will be greatly missed by all who knew him in the Welsh Football Family.