Joining Cardiff City as Academy Manager in October 2012, Dick agreed to leave his position as Elite Coaching Director of the Football Association to lead our Academy through the exciting stage of fully implementing the Elite Performance Player Plan proposals introduced in summer 2012.
Having enjoyed 35 years of coaching experience, Dick has long been recognised as one of the most influential and knowledgable coaches in world football having worked for the F.A. in a variety of rules - including managing the England u17, u18, u19 and u20 squads and heading up the coach education programme for the governing body. He has played a major role in the design and assessment of the coaching qualification programme and has worked on the coaching staff of a number of clubs in English football including Sheffield United, Notts County, Southend United, Leeds United, Lincoln City, Hereford United and Watford.
As well as his work domestically, Dick has also worked as Technical Director of the Canadian FA in 2005, Technical Director of the Malaysian FA (1992-95) and run coaching programmes across the world. He is a FIFA Technical Advisor and FIFA coach and has also written a number of coaching books and made numerous DVDs which are still used across the world by coaches and managers of all levels.
Education & Welfare Manager
Steve is responsible for all Educational and Welfare issues within the Academy and Club. A previous Physical Educational teacher with over twenty years experience, Steve's responsibilities include liasing with schools, colleges and Universities in matters concerning education and welfare. Another aspect to the role is overseeing all child protection issues affecting the Academy.
Academy Operations Manager
Anthony's responsibility is in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Academy. His focus also spreads to business management, with an emphasis on sponsorship, fundraising, budget control and generating income.
Assistant Professional Development Coach (U18)
David agreed to undertake the role of U18 Assistant Coach ahead of the 2012/13 campaign after two years working as an Academy Coach. He works alongside Neal Ardley and Lee Skyrme at Glamorgan Sport Park on a daily basis managing the U18 Apprenticeship programme.
Under 18s Coach
Lee joined the Academy in a full-time role in July 2009 after four seasons with us as a part-time Academy Coach. Lee is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in Wales and his wealth of experience has already proven to be a great asset to the Academy.
Assistant Development Coach (U12-16)
Matt enjoyed a lengthy term with the Club's Community Foundation and Academy schoolboy programme, prior to taking up his new role ahead of the 2012/13 campaign. He now works closely with Geraint Twose at Glamorgan Sport Park in improving the U12-U16 age groups programmes.
Academy Goalkeeping Coach
Former City goalkeeper Lee recently attained his UEFA 'A' Licence and boosted the Club's goalkeeping programme greatly during the 2011/12 campaign. He now undertakes the role of Academy Goalkeeping Coach on a permanent basis, giving much-needed attention to goalkeepers of all age groups.
League Development Manager (U12-16)
Geraint has worked at Cardiff City for the past nine years for both the Academy and Community Foundation. A former PE teacher and apprentice at Swansea City, Geraint is a UEFA 'A' licenced coach and holds the FA Youth Licence 17-21. He is responsible for the development of all technical and tactical aspects of the coaching syllabus for 12-16 year olds, while he also monitors player progress and staff mentoring for these age groups.
Assistant Academy Manager (U7-11)
Mark oversees the younger Academy age groups, ages 7-11 years. He is also in charge of the our very successful Advanced Development Centres and is responsible for the creation of an innovative coaching syllabus for young players. Mark holds a masters degree in Performance Analysis.
Head of Sports Science & Medicine
Neil oversees the entire Sports Science and Medical provisions within the Academy. He works closely with Academy and first team staff to give attention to the finer details of the increasingly important aspects of youth development.
Senior Academy Physiotherapist
Ed joined us in November 2011 and has quickly adapted to the full-time environment. His work within the Medical Department underpins Neil Lewis' as Head of Sports Science & Medicine.
Academy Sports Scientist
Rhys is the newest member of the team and has already shown his expertise will be invaluable to us as an Academy. Having worked closely with Nilton Terroso at first team level last season, he has adapted well to the developmental aspects of the environment.
As a senior Academy Scout for many years, Paul has also co-ordinated U18 & U16 matchdays. As Academy Secretary, his primary focus is on managing the Academy recruitment programme as well as admin support and office management at Glamorgan Sport Park.
Alan is the Academy Kit Manager who arranges all kit and equipment provisions for our U9-U18 teams on a daily basis. He works closely with Ian Lanning (Club Kit Manager) and assists regularly with first team/development team duties.
Football Support Officer
Vinny’s main responsibility is in managing kit and equipment for the U21 Development programme. He also continues his role as Academy Parent Liaison Officer and offers general support to both first team and Academy.