On Thursday, Cardiff City’s Community Foundation launched its brand new ‘International Development Programme’, with the help of United States U23 international & City Goalkeeper Charlie Horton as well as Year 6 pupils from Ninian Park Primary School.

In keeping with the programme’s first international trip to Arizona in March 2015, the launch, which took place on Thanksgiving, gave the young pupils a taste of sport the American style with Basketball, Baseball and American Football activities.

U21 shot stopper Charlie Horton came along to take an active part in the afternoon, sitting down for Q&A sessions with the youngsters.

Speaking on the afternoon, Charlie said: “It’s great to be here with the pupils of Ninian Park Primary School and see the American themed activities taking place on a day like today. I think any time we can get the Club out there and get exposure for the Club it’s going to be massively beneficial. Overseas interest in Cardiff City is growing and this programme will only help that continue.”

From 8-14 March 2015, Cardiff City FC will be delivering their first intensive training programme at the state of the art Francisco Grande Resort in Arizona.

All participants will have the opportunity to undergo athletic, technical and position-specific practical sessions as well as guidance on how to implement these into conditioned games.  In the evenings, various theoretic workshops and seminars will be held to increase understanding and aid the learning process.

Players will also have the opportunity to Skype members of Cardiff City’s squad and senior coaching staff.  Throughout the week, the Community Foundation’s coaches will aim to instill the philosophy and values of Cardiff City FC and give the players a real sense of the Club’s ethos.

Following on from Arizona, the Cardiff City Community Foundation plans for further international escapades in 2015, including trips to China, India and Africa, with more details to be confirmed in the New Year.