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.
Assistant Academy Manager
James joined Cardiff City Football Club’s Academy coaching setup in summer 2013 as Lead Development Coach (U12-U16). He has an extensive coaching catalogue including four years working alongside the Youth Team and First Team at Newport County AFC.
James also spent seven years working with the FAW as a Coach Educator, a role he continues in conjunction with his work at Cardiff City. A young, hungry coach with a desire to make a difference to the new stars at Cardiff City, James recently attained his UEFA Pro Licence accreditation at the age of 29. He remains one of the youngest coaches in the world to complete this qualification.
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.
Sam was appointed Academy Secretary on a full-time basis in October 2013, having spent a year researching and reporting on City's youth setup as part of the Club's media staff. He continues to supply all written Academy/Development content for the official programme and website.
Sam's new role entails supporting the Operations Manager Anthony Redwood, Head of Recruitment Paul McCarthy and Academy Manager James McCarthy for all matters appertaining to the control and direction of the daily administration of the Academy at Cardiff.
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.
Professional Development Phase Coach (U21)
Former South African International Quinton will support new Lead PDP Coach Nilton Terroso at U21/DVP level.
Quinton is a former teammate of Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær during their time together at Manchester United. His experiences at the highest level of the game will prove invaluable for our young professionals.
Professional Development Phase Coach (U18)
Club legend Scott joined the Academy following six years in charge of Cardiff City’s Community Foundation. He will work alongside Kevin Nicholson to further enhance our apprentice programme and player production.
As a highly regarded former Cardiff City player - and former apprentice - Scott’s input and knowledge will provide our next generation of scholars with key learning tools for their future careers in the game.
Professional Development Coach (U18)
At 28 years-old, Kevin is the youngest U18s coach in the country and is one of the first FA Elite Coaches in Great Britain, having graduated with the FA Elite Coaches Award in June 2013.
Kevin is a holder of the UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualification and was selected by the LMA to be part of the Leadership Education Programme. Having previously spent six years coaching at Derby County, he and Scott Young are responsible for Cardiff’s U18 Squad based at the University Playing Fields, regularly in contact with First Team and Academy Management.
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.
Player Development Manager
Matt enjoyed a lengthy term with the Club's Community Foundation and Academy scholars programme, prior to taking up his new role as Assistant Development Coach for U12-16 levels ahead of the 2012/13 campaign.
He now works closely with James Rowberry at Glamorgan Sport Park in improving the U12-U16 age groups programme. Matthew's role as Player Development Manager requires him to plan and oversee individual development plans, tailored to the needs of the specific individual.
Lead Foundation Manager (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.
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.
With Edward Richmond moving to the U21 squad on a permanent basis from July 2013, Ollie Morris was brought into the Academy as Senior Academy Physiotherapist. He works alongside Andy Shea on a daily basis in overseeing the physiotherapy programme, more specifically at U9-U16 age groups.
Academy Kit Manager
Having been involved with the Club for over half a century, Alan 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. Alan is assisted by Michael Hancock and Clive Clifford.
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.