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Invention to aid football coaches on show in Geneva

Lee Jenkins with his soccer trolley
The soccer trolley can be made in team colours

A former professional footballer's invention to help soccer coaches has been exhibited at an event in Switzerland.

Aberystwyth Town FC academy coach Lee Jenkins has designed a special trolley to help coaches carry their equipment.

The "soccer trolley" can carry balls, cones, a pump, drinks bottle, water spray, bibs and other essentials, and includes a built-in tactics board.

It was displayed at an international exhibition of inventions at Geneva.

Mr Jenkins believes there is a huge potential market with 270m people participating in football worldwide and 190,000 teams in Europe alone.

The match day trolley can even be manufactured in team colours.

"You have everything to hand, it looks professional, the kit stays clean, the tactic board provides a good visual training aid for youngsters, it's easy to use and the entire trolley can be easily sponged down," said Mr Jenkins.

"It's lightweight but very robust. I've been using it for the past 12 months and the biggest test was when I unveiled it to the youngsters I was training and it proved to be a big hit."

'Budding entrepreneurs'

The former Aston Villa, Port Vale and Birmingham City player has received support through the Wales Innovators Network, an EU-funded service from the assembly government to help budding entrepreneurs and inventors.

Lesley Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, said there had been a "very impressive" range of "innovative products" from Welsh inventors in Geneva.

"In the current economic climate it is more important than ever that we help businesses and innovators to develop the new products and processes that Wales will need to be competitive in the future," she added.

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