Cefn Druids FC – A football academy for developing footballers

In 2019, the club started to go through a massive transformation from the top to bottom. This transformation has started with the academy and the way it operates and ensuring its sustainability.

The FAW & UEFA audit process forms part of the monitoring of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), which was created in 2012 and designed to increase the quantity and quality of homegrown players.

Cefn Druids is currently working to Category Two but the new investors demand that we strive towards a Category One status, the highest level in the UK. The categorisation system permits the best-ranked academies more contact time with young players and ensures their development teams participate in the elite competitions at youth level. 

The restructuring of the Academy means that we will now have a clear and focused pathway for all players to follow. 

Teams will compete in an extensive games programme;

Under 23s in the Welsh National League (Reserves & Colts Division)
Under 19s in the Professional Development League 
Under 10-16s in the Academy League format

Under 23s
Our U23s will play in the Welsh National League (Reserves & Colts Division) and will comprise of a mixture of academy players, first team players needing fitness and trialists on non-contract terms. This age group will also compete in all Cup competitions outside of the Welsh Cup.

Under 19s
The U19s will take part in the U19 Youth League and AOC competitions only and will only consist of players U19 and over 16 years of age. This development stage will not stop a player from going into the first team and or signing a professional contract with the club. We will also be loaning players out from the team to affiliates or local teams for experience playing mens football. We will also have all our BTEC and blended study scholars playing at this level, unless they are good enough for the next phase.

Under 16s
Playing within the FAW Academy format, our U16s will be the cornerstone of the academy and where we will identify the best players who are able to take the next step on to the professional ladder. The intense scrutiny over education and sport will be no greater than at this stage of their development.

The U10 to U14s 
Playing within the FAW Academy format and with the emphasis and philosophy of development, we aim to bring out the best in the players both on and off the field. We are also aiming to encourage the player to enjoy their football, try new skills and work within a team. Players are excel will not be held back but rather encouraged to play up an age group if possible.