C&C Catering Engineers’ footballing star

Ashley Williams is a busy man.  Not only is he currently undertaking training at C&C Catering Engineers Ltd to become a catering equipment engineer, but he is also a semi-professional footballer!  Having played for local team, Chester Football Club, for the past three years, Ashley has just last month, been signed for ‘Airbus UK Broughton FC’.  A passion from a very young age, Ashley’s footballing achievements have seen him playing for the junior squad at Manchester City from the age of 11, having been accepted into the prestigious Academy which was set up in 1998 to offer opportunities to talented youngsters.  “I was very lucky to be selected at Manchester City and stayed with them until the age of 19.” says Ashley.  “Following that, Chester Football Club came calling and I had been playing semi-professionally with them for almost 3 years prior to signing with Airbus, a move which will allow me a better balance in terms of work, family and football.”

At the age of 26, Ashley is aware that a move to professional football on a full time basis is unlikely.  However, he is enjoying his apprenticeship at C&C Catering Engineers and is looking forward to qualifying in mid-2015.  With his father also part of the team, Ashley is hoping that he too, will progress his career at the firm.  “I am really enjoying working at C&C Engineers and would like to stay.” he says.  “They have also been extremely supportive of my football commitments.  There have been occasions when I have had to travel to an away game and this has required time off or leaving work early and there has always been flexibility.”

In addition to 2 jobs, Ashley also finds time for all important training and embarks on sessions twice a week, with regular visits to the gym, ensuring he maintains optimum fitness.  “Obviously, I’ll play for as long as possible.” he says.  “Following that, it would be great to do some coaching.  The Football Association run courses to obtain ‘coaching badges’, after which, I could coach young people.  In terms of time though, I’ve got at least 10 years of play still ahead.  I’m not ready to hang my boots up quite yet!”