A FORMER Welsh international and Premier League star will be bringing his football academy to the home of Bangor 1876.

James Collins, who earned 51 caps for his country, has organised the half term camp for five to 14 year-olds at the Gwynedd League side’s Treborth base from 10am-3pm on February 20 and 21.

The team of qualified coaches will be led by 1876’s newly appointed director of football Iwan Williams, who was appointed to the role last week.

He said: “The camp will be fun-filled and provide an opportunity for children to develop.

“I’m hoping the children of North Wales can show James Collins that there’s so much talent here as well as in South Wales “The camp mirrors what we hope to do as a club. It’s fantastic to have someone of the stature of James Collins here in North Wales, and especially at our home ground.”

The centre half enjoyed a standout career at the very top, which involved two spells at West Ham United in addition to successful stints at Cardiff City and Aston Villa.

Collins, added: “North Wales is a hotbed of football, with the likes of Gary Speed, Neville Southall, Ian Rush and Mark Hughes all hailing from the area.

“I am keen to run further events in North Wales and working alongside a pro-licence coach like Iwan Williams makes the whole process both easier and a lot more fun.

“I look forward to Iwan’s invaluable support as I progress through my coaching badges.”

For more information on the camp or to book your place visit https://jamescollinsfa.com/course/february-half-term-camp.