Yesterday, Cardiff City FC Community Foundation launched its pioneering Football Performance Centres (FPC) which will extend the Club’s development pathway to Under 18’s level, whilst working alongside the existing educational structures within Cardiff City FC Academy and Foundation respectively.

TVS Directors, Alan Whitely and Doug Lee joined representatives and pupils from the three schools present at the launch – Cowbridge, Croesyceilliog and Bryntirion Comprehensive Schools to launch the brand new incentive at Cardiff City House of Sport. There was an added surprise for the pupils who received a coaching sessions during the afternoon, when Cardiff City FC first-team members, David Marshall and Peter Whittingham joined in on the action.

At present, the Club’s principal educational offering is the Education & Futsal Programme, engendering the opportunity for pupils aged 16-19 across Cardiff, to combine classroom learning with a futsal-specific training regime. The participants work towards completion of a BTEC Level 3 extended Diploma in Sport, which otherwise equates to 3 A Levels.

Cardiff City FC Foundation currently deliver the Education & Futsal Programme to around 90 individuals per year, and do so in conjunction with TVS Education Limited. TVS deliver to over 50 Football League Clubs and hence provide an unquestionable assurance of quality through their deliverance; therefore making them the natural partner to the Foundation in leading the new alternative. This new programme will aim to extend the Foundation’s reach to RCT, Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly, Merthyr, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Powys and Bridgend as well as Cardiff.

The new programme which will launch in September 2015, will not be aimed solely at elite athletes but will provide opportunities for those students who simply wish to play or be involved in football. First and foremost, FPCs will be an educational institution, designed to ensure that those involved attain the maximum possible outcomes during their studies. However, the centres will present other enrichment opportunities, including a full and regular fixtures programme, which will culminate in regional tournaments against other Football Performance Centre hubs.

Speaking on the new initiative, CEO of Cardiff City Foundation, Marc Cahill said:

“We are extremely proud of our development pathway links with the Academy and the new FPCs will only make them stronger. We are committed to engaging young people in sport and education across South Wales, not just in Cardiff – the new FPCs will do just that. I’m delighted with the response of our school and college partners and look forward to working closely with them to make this a success.”

With casual reference to an audit response from September 2014, 100% of U7s – U11s and 96% of U12s – U16s whom have shared involvement with Cardiff City FC Foundation, have progressed into Cardiff City FC’s Academy structure – figures that place Cardiff City FC Foundation amongst the UK’s best for talent development.

Furthermore, with regards to the Education & Futsal Programme, the Foundation can boast a 100% success rate of pupils who progressed onto university and higher education.