Cardiff City

Academy Ground:                                               Sparrows Lane, New Eltham, London, SE9 2JR


Academy Director/Manager:                               James McCarthy                   


First Team Players:                                              Cardiff City First team                                                     


Academy Team Players:                                       Cardiff City Under-23’s          

                                                                                Cardiff City Under-18’s


Ladies Team Players:                                          Cardiff City Ladies Team                 




The Cardiff Academy:

The Cardiff academy is set up for one purpose, to discover and nurture talent. One of the unique positives for the academy team is that they have a number of age groups as part of their development system, from ages 7 to 21. This teaches children from an early age the importance of playing at an academy and what is needed to succeed, similar to here at FootieBugs.


Academy Status: Cardiff is a category 2 status academy

Category Status One Teams

Category Status Two Teams

Category Status Three Teams


Academy Staff:

James McCarthy has bee the Academy Manager for almost 5 years but his true presence has been noticed over 20 years at the club. Has has seen the rise and fall and some trophies during his time there and his current side are heading in the right direction to contend for the play-offs year by year.
Craig Bellamy was appointed his role as player development coach at the end of 2016. Having had a flourishing career with over 100 domestic goals he was a defenders nightmare and will be looking to pass on his mix of pace and power to these growing players.


How to get noticed by a scout

Generally, premier league clubs are closely following open trials as a way of pinpointing the newest talent, as well as having a vast network of scouts across the UK. Scouts are often preferential over structured leagues or with players of a high standard, playing together. This is one thing that FootieBugs academy can offer through our weekly training sessions and games against local teams managed by professional coaches. Because we cover a range of age groups at U6’s-U14’s we have a high demand for young upcoming talent and receive frequent scouts visiting our training sessions and matches. Due to the professional coaches we have available that have all played at a high level, we are able to distinguish which players are leagues above in terms of skill and can refer them onto Premier League clubs.



“If you’re good enough, generally they’ll find you.”

Cardiff Academy Scouting System:

After a scout has seen a player, they will usually contact them and invite them to a trial day, otherwise the more common method of finding talents from all over are through football trial days and football camps. FootieBugs goes the extra mile in making your job easier as a parent and a young footballer. With our focused training sessions, the FootieBugs Academy will try it’s best to match your ability with a club who will nurture your talent . We will shape a football player into a footballer, by working on improving the child’s overall game and their image to scouts at Premier League Clubs.

This is where the FootieBugs Academy thrives, not only will FootieBugs look to put players forward to Cardiff when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure that Cardiff will be fully aware of what training each player will have received from the FootieBugs Academy and why the player has shown enough (Footballing skill as well as dedication and attitude) to be worthy of a trial.


If you feel your child shows promise and would like us to help them reach the level for us to recommend them to the Cardiff scouting network then please complete the following form:

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Cardiff Academy trials

As you can imagine, a large number of young football players would like to join the Cardiff Academy set up and with clubs like Cardiff receiving trial requests all the time it’s very difficult to get noticed.

FootieBugs Academy believes that with correct training and dedication we can dramatically increase your chances of getting a trial with the Cardiff Academy.

Once a player reaches the standards that a club of Cardiff’s stature would expect then the FootieBugs team will do everything in its powers to introduce the player to the relevant Cardiff scout.



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The FootieBugs Academy is an independent organization and not part of any specific football club. This allows us to offer an honest and fair view of any players’ ability and suitability to join a professional Football Club. Although we will do everything in our power to help young players develop, we are unable to guarantee every player a trial. If you are looking for official club information then please visit the club’s official website as we can-not guarantee that all information is correct and up to date at the time of reading.

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