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The St David's Football Academy will aim to produce top-class players and increase the number of players being called up for trials at Premier League clubs and Welsh Schools and Colleges Teams. We will develop extensive links with American College programmes so students can enjoy the experiences that come with studying in the USA on a football scholarship. We will aim to develop the whole player who embraces challenge, hard work, and discipline on the pitch in order to become a successful, respectful young person off it.


St David's Academy will offer a strong commitment to coaching, competition and player welfare, matched with the Academy’s excellent facilities, this will lead to us developing an environment that is more than just a football provision. It will build on the ethos shared at Cardiff & Vale SFA of discipline, enthusiasm, and respect and will be a great place to meet new people and build life-long friendships in a fun but challenging environment.

We are committed to your development...


As a member of St David's College Mens Football Academy you will work with a team of highly trained and well-respected coaches.


You will have access to 2 x 90 minute training sessions, access to a gym, and an extensive match programme weekly term time, as well as further access to elite sports training facilities at Ocean Park Arena, which include high-quality grass and artificial pitches, an indoor sports hall, Video Analysis, cafe and classroom facilities where you will learn about sports psychology, tactics, and nutrition.


Preparing a footballer for a professional career requires the input of many hours of physical, tactical and technical training – and this passion is what drives us. Our commitment to each student is to provide an Academy experience in an environment that is exciting, educational and stimulating.

As a member of our St David's College Tier 2 programme you will have access to 1 x 90 minute session, access to a gym, a games programme against Welsh and English Colleges, while being based at the College itself.

Our Female Football provision train once a week at Ocean Park Arena for 90minutes on our indoor 3G while also having access to the two artificial pitches outside. Players will also get access to the gym and have games programme against other Female College teams.


Staying ahead of the competition...

The College Football Academy will become a breeding ground for players to learn the spirit of competition early on in their training.

The College Academy will compete in the highest level of college football available for U19 players, including: The ECFA & Welsh Colleges competitions. Wednesday afternoon fixtures also include ECFA Cup, British Colleges Cup and WSFA Ivor Tuck Cup matches, as well as a Welsh Colleges 5-a-side competition. Our current Academy team compete in the AoC Sport Wales Mens Championship (


Being part of St David's (The Saints) Football Academy’s development programme will allow you to continue to thrive in your academic studies and enjoy a high-level performance coaching and training experience that fits around you – it really is possible to have the best of both worlds.

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