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 James McCarthy (Academy Manager)
Kevin Nicholson (U21)
League Professional Development League 2

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.

Cardiff City House of Sport

The Academy uses the Cardiff City House of Sport (HOS), which is an indoor football centre and multi-sport facility. It is also used by the wider local community in Cardiff.[2] The first phase of the building was opened in November 2010 and it was expended in the second phase (House of Sport 2) in April 2013.[3] The third phase of the building (House of Sport 3) was opened on 18 January 2016.[4]

According to the official Cardiff City FC Website:[5] "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[6] Cardiff scouts are also based in foreign countries such as Austria, France and Guinea, with players coming to the academy from these countries.

On 1 July 2013, Kevin Nicholson was named 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.[7]

Notable graduates[edit]

Wales Byron Anthony*
England Jazzi Barnum-Bobb
Wales Darcy Blake
Wales Jonathan Brown
Wales James Collins*
Wales Robert Earnshaw*
Wales Jamal Easter*
Wales Stuart Fleetwood*


Wales Chris Gunter
Wales Aaron Amadi-Holloway
Wales Andrew Hughes
Wales Joe Jacobson
Wales Lee Jarman*
Antigua and Barbuda 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 Tommy O'Sullivan
Wales Regan Poole


Wales Aaron Ramsey
Wales Christian Roberts*
Wales Damon Searle*
Wales Ben Swallow
Democratic Republic of the Congo David Tutonda
Saint Kitts and Nevis Theo Wharton
England Aaron Wildig


Wales Josh Yorwerth
Wales Scott Young*

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


  • Academy Manager
    • James McCarthy
  • Education & Welfare Manager
    • Steve Ellis
  • U21s Manager
    • Kevin Nicholson
  • Academy Goalkeeper Coach
    • Darran Lovell
  • Academy Defensive Coach
  • Professional Development Phase Coach (U18)
    • Matthew Bloxham
    • Jarred Harvey
  • Lead Development Phase Coach (U12-U16)
    • Dane Facey
  • Assistant Development Phase Coach (U12-U16)
    • Tom Hutton
  • Head of Academy Recruitment
    • Paul McCarthy
  • Head of Sports Science & Medicine
    • James Shea
  • U18 Academy Physiotherapist
    • Chris Lewis
  • Football Support Office
    • Vinny Leach

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 19 July 2016

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 Warren Burwood
Wales GK Scott Coughlan
Wales DF Lewis Baldwin
Wales DF Jack Bodenham
Wales DF Cameron Cox
Wales DF Isaac Kelly
England DF Alfie Madden
Wales DF Cai Williams
No. Position Player
Wales DF Connor Young
Wales MF Mark Harris
Wales MF Jamie Proctor
Wales MF James Waite
England MF Laurence Wootton
Wales MF Jarrad Welsh
Wales FW Ibrahim So Sani

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.

As of 22 January 2017

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

No. Position Player
England GK Luke O'Reilly
Wales DF Rhys Abbruzzee
France DF Jordan Blaise
Wales MF Lloyd Humphries
Wales MF Robbie Patten
Wales MF Macauley Southam
No. Position Player
Wales MF Jamie Veale
Belgium MF Marco Weymans
Saint Kitts and Nevis MF Theo Wharton
Wales FW Jamie Bird
England FW Rhys Healey


  1. ^ "Prem clubs keep tabs on rising stars". South Wales Echo. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Cardiff City House of Sport secures funds for second phase". Media Wales. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "House of Sport 3: Building the Future". Cardiff City F.C. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "House of Sport 3 Opens Its Doors". Cardiff City F.C. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  5. ^,,10335,00.html
  6. ^ "Prem clubs keep tabs on rising stars" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 19 December 2007
  7. ^ "CARDIFF WEAR 'MALAYSIA' WITH PRIDE". Cardiff City F.C. Official Website. Cardiff City Football Club. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2013.