James McCarthy took on the role of Academy Manager in July 2014. A former apprentice with the club, he has been involved with the Academy programme in a coaching capacity for 14 years.
Last season, James came on board on a full-time basis as Assistant Academy Manager to further utilise his knowledge of our Youth Development programme. He will now maintain ultimate responsibility for the Academy.
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 key 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.
Anthony's knowledge of the workings of City’s Academy is unrivaled, having been a crucial asset in the development of the Club’s youth structure for the past decade.
First Team Coach & U21s Manager
One of the first FA Elite Coaches in Great Britain, Kevin graduated with the FA Elite Coaches Award earlier in his career as one of the World’s top 16 young coaches. A holder of the UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualification, he was selected by the LMA to be part of its Leadership Education Programme.
Prior to becoming Cardiff City U18s Manager in 2013, Kevin enjoyed successful spells with Derby County, Stoke City and Exeter City. He has been instrumental in the development of a number of young players who now play regularly in the Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet Championship – a key factor, along with his exemplary track record, in the decision to appoint him in this critical role. Kevin will retain first-team match-day duties as part of Russell Slade's backroom staff.
Lead Professional Development Phase Coach (U21)
Nilton joined Cardiff City Football Club in a Sport Science position with the Academy before moving on to first team duties two years later.
He assisted former DVP Coach Kevin Cooper during two successful campaigns in the wake of the Elite Player Performance Plan's inception and moves into his new role as Head Coach for the 2014/15 campaign.
Nilton is Portuguese, though having been born in France he then lived in Canada when he was younger and then Portugal before moving to South Wales. He played professional football in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon Youth Team and Reserves among other teams and represented Canada national teams at U-15, U-17 and U-23 level. He also represented Portugal at U-20 level.
Academy Goalkeeping Coach
Darran took on the role of Academy Goalkeeping Coach on a permanent basis in July 2013, replacing former incumbent Lee Kendall.
Darran works with Cardif City's Academy Goalkeepers at all age groups, linking closely with first team goalkeeping coach, Richard Hartis.
Professional Development Phase Coach (U18)
Matt enjoyed a lengthy term with the Club's Community Foundation and Academy schoolboy programme, prior to joining the Academy in a full time role in 2012/13.
Having previously held the title of Individual Performance Manager, Matthew will now work alongside Jarred Harvey to further enhance our apprentice programme and ultimately player production. Matthew’s input and knowledge will no doubt provide our next generation of scholars with key learning tools for their future careers.
Professional Development Phase Coach (U18)
Jarred joined Cardiff City in 2014 as PDP Coach, leaving his role as first team manager at Welsh Premier League side Port Talbot Town.
He has previously worked closely with Lead Development Coach Dane Facey while at Cambrian & Clydach, Jarred leading the first team while Dane established a strong Academy foundation. Jarred maintains his role as Head Coach of the University of South Wales football squad, forging vital links between Cardiff City’s Academy and the University.
Lead Development Phase Coach (U12-U16)
Dane returned to Cardiff City on a full-time basis in 2014 following a short term spell at Swansea City. He has been involved with the Club for a number of years, previously working with our Head Foundation Coach Mark Neville, developing young talent from the age of five.
Dane's new position will help bridge the gap between Foundation and Development phases, continuing the good work of predecessors Geraint Twose and James Rowberry.
Assistant Development Phase Coach (U12-U16)
Tom moved into his role as Assistant Development Phase Coach in December 2014, following two years at the Academy as a performance analyst. His time as analyst for the Academy will undoubtedly have prepared him for a number of key aspects required to complete this role.
Tom previously worked alongside our Community Foundation, coaching primarily with the women’s side while undertaking his full time position at the Academy. This new role will see Tom showcase his coaching ability on a daily basis while aiding the development of our future City stars between the ages of 12-16.
Lead Foundation Coach (U5-11)
Mark oversees the younger age groups for City’s Academy, ages 5-11 years. He is also in charge of our very successful Advanced Development Centres and is responsible for the creation of an innovative coaching syllabus for young players.
Mark holds an MA in Performance Analysis, and has become a key part of City’s youth development programme over the past ten years.
Head of Academy Recruitment
A stalwart of Cardiff City’s Academy, Paul has been a part of City’s structure for 23 years. As a senior Academy Scout, Paul has also co-ordinated U18 & U16 matchdays in the past.
As the new Academy Head of Recruitment, Paul's primary focus is on managing the Academy recruitment programme and recognising new and improving talent within Wales. He also co-ordinates and works alongside the Academy Scouts.
Chief Academy Scout
Graham has maintained the role of Chief Academy Scout for more than 30 years. During that time he has recruited hundreds of players for our programme, many who have signed and progressed through the system. Some have established themselves as Professional Footballers and forged careers in the game, notably James Collins, Robert Earnshaw, Darcy Blake, and Aaron Wildig to name a few.
Graham now works closely with Paul McCarthy (Academy Head of Recruitment) and helps to manage 22 regional scouts, co-ordinating their movements in order to cover as many local games as possible throughout South Wales, Mid Wales and the West. His knowledge and contribution is invaluable to our Academy and he is a pillar of our schoolboy recruitment programme.
Head of Sports Science & Medicine
Having formerly held a similar position with Cardiff Blues, Andy linked up with Cardiff City in the summer of 2013. He oversees the entire Sports Science & Medical provisions within the Academy.
Andy works closely with Academy and first team staff to give attention to the finer details of these increasingly important aspects of youth development. Sport Scientist Andrew Whittington will assist Andy on day to day matters.
Development Squad Physiotherapist
Ed joined the Academy in November 2011 and works within the Club's medical department, ensuring a smooth transition for our Academy players from their apprenticeships to first-team level. Ed is senior physiotherapists for the Club's Development Squad.
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.