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.
Development Team Coach
Kevin joined Cardiff City Football Club in a coaching capacity as a development coach based in Malaysia. On his return from Asia he took up the role of Development Side Coach, primarily working with players of an under-21 age-group status. Now in its second season as part of the EPPP, the Development Side offers our younger players a clear pathway from Academy football in to First Team Football.
Assistant Academy Manager
James accepted a full-time post with the Club in the summer of 2013 after working for many years with our U16 team on a part-time basis. He is a qualified teacher, as well as an established Coach.
A big part of James’ role is overseeing football-related matters within the Academy, as well as contributing to the technical programme.
Academy Operations Manager
Anthony's main 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.
His knowledge of City’s Academy setup in unrivalled, having been a crucial asset in the development of Cardiff’s Youth structure for the best part of a 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 Dick Bate for all matters appertaining to the control and direction of the daily administration of the Academy at Cardiff.
Lead Professional Development Coach (U18-U21)
At 27-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 recently. Having previously spent six years coaching at Derby County, he has now become responsible for Cardiff’s U18 Squad based at the University Playing Fields, providing regular communication with First Team and Academy Management.
Assistant Professional Development Coach (U18)
David undertook the role of U18 Assistant Coach ahead of the 2012/13 campaign after two years working as an Academy Coach. He works alongside Kevin Nicholson and Dick Bate at Glamorgan Sport Park on a daily basis, managing the U18 Apprenticeship programme.
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 Jim Hollman.
Lead Development Coach (U12-16)
James joined Cardiff City Football Club's Academy coaching setup in the summer of 2013 as Lead Development Coach for youngsters aged between 12-16. He has an extensive coaching background, including four years working alongside the Youth Team and First Team at Newport County AFC.
James has also spent seven years working with the FAW as a Coach Educator, a role he continues with in conjunction to his day to day duties at Cardiff City.
Assistant Development Coach (U12-16)
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.
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 22 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, under the senior managment of Richard Collinge.
Andy works closely with Academy and first team staff to give attention to the finer details of these increasingly important aspects of youth development.
Development Squad Physiotherapist
Ed works within the Club's Medical Department, specifically catering to the needs of the Development Squad while assisting Richard Collinge.
Having taken this senior position on a permanent basis from July 2013, Ollie Morris now assists Andy Shea in overseeing the physiotherapy programme, more specifically at U9-16 age groups.
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.