Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the appointment of Guy Handscombe as Assistant Manager, joining new man Anthony Williams in the dugout for the upcoming 2022/23 JD Cymru Premier campaign!
Hailing from North Wales, 37-year-old Guy is no stranger to those within Welsh football having began his coaching career at just 16-years-old while still chasing a career on the pitch. His conversion into coaching came soon after on a part-time basis, where he worked with Carl Darlington at Cefn Druids while earning his coaching badges. Spells as Academy Director and Reserve Team Manager followed at The Rock, before Guy joined Wrexham AFC working with their community programmes.
Guy then joined Bala Town in similar roles, learning under Colin Caton, Steve Fisher and Steve Compton at Maes Tegid.
For the past 10 years, Guy has worked with the Football Association of Wales initially as a Club Development Officer before moving into Coach Education, where has worked for the past 7 years. Alongside his responsibilities with the FAW, Guy has held roles with Porthmadog, Ruthin Town, Llandudno and Corwen, as well as working with the Welsh U15s Girls team on the international stage.
Most recently, Guy led the Cymru North XI to the UEFA Regions Cup in May 2022 with a dramatic 4-2 come-from-behind win vs Cymru South XI. The team will represent Wales at the Intermediate Tournament in Northern Ireland this Autumn where they will face Sweden, the Czech Republic and the hosts.
Guy told us:
"Before joining Aberystwyth Town, I was well aware of what a fantastic club it is with great facilities, a passionate fan base and superb volunteers who give up countless hours each week - and I have already seen first-hand in the short time I have been involved how much the club means to people in the community.
After speaking to my family and Taff, I immediately knew this was a fantastic opportunity to challenge myself and learn from Taff while aiming to support the players as much as possible. I know many of them already which has helped me settle in and I have enjoyed getting to know the rest of the group.
The new season will bring its challenges, but that is expected within a very competitive league which improves year on year. I am looking forward to assisting Taff as we build our squad and principles over the coming weeks. I am especially looking forward to our first competitive game at home under the lights on a Friday night with my family watching and supporting the team."
Croeso i Goedlan y Parc, Guy!