Cardiff City F.C. Academy

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Cardiff City
Full name Cardiff City
Nickname(s) The Bluebirds
Founded 2003
Chairman Mehmet Dalman
Manager Dick Bate (Head of Academy)
Kevin Cooper (U21 Coach)
Kevin Nicholson (U18 Coach)
League Professional Development League 2
2010–11 Premier Academy League U18 Group B, 8th

The Cardiff City F.C. Academy is the youth academy currently set up at Cardiff City in order to discover and nurture young talent. The academy has a range of players from ages seven to 21. The Under-21 league team compete in the Professional Development League 2.


The youth academy was set up in 2003,[1] the youth team however has taken part in several FA Youth Cup and Welsh Youth Cup competition before 2003. According to the official Cardiff City FC Website,[2]

"the Cardiff City football academy, is not simply a scheme, or a group of young players and coaches. It is all of these things; but most importantly, it is a philosophy and a culture. The club has always been dependent upon, and focused around the local community. The great players and teams throughout the clubs' history have always been built on the foundations of local boys and local talent. Cardiff City has a fantastic and proud history of nurturing young talent and are committed to continuous development of youth teams in future years. Cardiff City Football Club is fully committed to their fantastic academy, and recognises the importance of youth development".

Cardiff's scouts currently concentrate on searching South Wales, Hereford, Worcester, Swindon and Oxford. Now looking towards other areas of the United Kingdom including Scotland, As well as Ireland and with the recent appointment of scouts in these areas by Neal Ardley[3] Cardiff scouts are also based in foreign countries such as Austria, France and Guinea, with players coming to the academy from these countries.

On the 1st of July 2013 Kevin Nicholson was name Under 18s Head Coach, replacing Lee Skyrme. Nicholson joined from Exeter City FC and recently received the FA Elite Coaches Award.

Malaysia Grassroots Academy[edit]

As a result of their Malaysian ownership, Cardiff City also have an academy in Kuala Lumpur.[4]

Notable graduates[edit]

Wales Byron Anthony*
Wales Darcy Blake
Wales Jonathan Brown
Wales James Collins*
Wales Robert Earnshaw*
Wales Jamal Easter*
Wales Stuart Fleetwood*


Wales Chris Gunter
Wales Aaron Holloway
Wales Andrew Hughes
Wales Joe Jacobson
Wales Lee Jarman*
Wales Nathaniel Jarvis
Wales Declan John


Wales Joe Ledley
Wales Adam Matthews
Wales Curtis McDonald
Northern Ireland Josh Magennis
Wales Jonathan Meades
Wales Aaron Morris


England Adedeji Oshilaja
Wales Aaron Ramsey
Wales Christian Roberts*
Wales Damon Searle*
Wales Ben Swallow
England Aaron Wildig
Wales Scott Young*

Those in bold have been capped at full international level. Those marked * progressed prior to academy status confirmed.


  • Academy Manager

England Dick Bate

  • Senior Professional Development Coaches

England Kevin Cooper (U21)
England Kevin Nicholson (U18)
Wales Geraint Twose (U16)

  • Assistant Professional Development Coach (U18)

Wales David Gough

  • Assistant Development Coach

Wales Matthew Bloxham (U12-U16)
England Mark Neville (U7-U11)

  • Academy Secretary

Wales Paul McCarthy

  • Academy Operation Manager

Wales Anthony Redwood

  • Academy Goalkeeping Coach

Wales Lee Kendall

  • Academy Senior Physiotherapist

Wales Neil Lewis

  • Football Support Office

Wales Vinny Leach

  • Head of Sports & Medicine

Wales Neil Lewis

  • Head of Sport Science

Wales Rhys Carr

  • Head of Education & Welfare

Wales Steve Ellis

  • Academy Kit Manager

Alan Cross

Under 18s[edit]

The under-18s team plays in Group B of the FA Premier Academy League. Players with squad numbers have appeared in or are part of the senior team but regularly return to play for the under-18 team.

As of 9 July 2012[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Wales GK Liam Matthews
Wales DF Bradley Wickham
Wales DF Curtis Watkins
Wales DF Thomas James
Wales MF Jaye Bowen
38 Wales MF Tommy O'Sullivan
No. Position Player
Wales MF Tyler Roche
Wales MF Macauley Southam
Wales MF Ben Watkins
England MF Bradley Williams
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Yora Enzam

Development Squad[edit]

In 2011, Cardiff City Football Club formed their Under-21 team who now compete in the Professional Development League 2 since the 2012-13 season. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States GK Charlie Horton
England GK Simon Moore
Uruguay DF Maximiliano Amondarain
Wales DF Kane Owen
England DF Ben Nugent
England DF Adedeji Oshilaja
Wales DF Josh Yorwerth
Wales DF Declan John
England MF Anthony Bell
No. Position Player
England MF Kadeem Harris
Wales MF Tommy O'Sullivan
England MF Joe Ralls
England MF Bradley Williams
Wales MF Theo Wharton
Wales FW Rhys Healey
Wales FW Dane Griffiths
Wales FW Gethyn Hill
Northern Ireland FW Gary Lavery


  1. ^ "Prem clubs keep tabs on rising stars". (South Wales Echo). 25 June 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2007. 
  2. ^,,10335,00.html
  3. ^ "Prem clubs keep tabs on rising stars" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 19 December 2007
  4. ^ "CARDIFF WEAR 'MALAYSIA' WITH PRIDE". Cardiff City F.C. Official Website (Cardiff City Football Club). 17 June 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "UNDER 18S TEAM 2010/11". (Cardiff City F.C.). 9 March 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.