FAQs

1.Where do the squads train?

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Cardiff & Vale Schools Squads train at the Cardiff City FC Indoor 3G venue ‘The House of Sport’ in Leckwith next door to the Cardiff City Stadium.

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Please follow this link: http://www.cardiffhouseofsport.co.uk/

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2.Where are home matches played?

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All home matches are played under floodlights at UPF, Llanrumney on grass. Soon we shall play matches at a brand new 3G venue being developed at Llanrumney.

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Please follow this link:  http://www.cf.ac.uk/sport/facilities/sf-llanrumney/index.html

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3.How big are squad sizes?

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Squads tend to be on average 18-20 players. Match days squads use only 16 players as per WSFA rules.

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4.How match does being part of the squad cost?

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Unfortunately as a schools association we are not eligible for external funding and therefore have to charge for training and matches. Fees for the season work out at approx £5 for every training session and every match per player.

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This is excellent value for money when you consider the high quality provision of training venues, insurance, match venues, refs and Uefa qualified coaches and experienced teachers that we use to create a fantastic experience for your child.

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5. How many training sessions and matches does each squad have?

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Training sessions vary depending on the needs of the squads.

Our older squads train less at approx 12 sessions a year, roughly once a fortnight with approx 10 matches.

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Our younger squads who need more training will train weekly for approx 30 weeks and will play 10 matches a year.

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As a result, costs vary depending which age group/squad you are in. What is the same for all players, is the cost per match and training session which covers our costs. This is as mentioned approx £5 per contact.

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6. Are matches watched by Professional Club scouts and National selectors?

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Yes. All matches will have Premier League and Championship Scouts and Academy directors watching our fixtures. We are renowned for Identifying and coaching talent and giving players opportunities to play infront of scouts.

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We are fortunate to have great contacts with premier league and championship clubs and often recommend players for trials.

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We are also lucky to have a WFT National Scout working within our system who is able to provide opportunities for players who show ability to play at Regional and National level.

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7. How do I contact someone to discuss trials nominations?

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All contact should be via schools who nominated players. For child protection reasons we can not discuss players via email.

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8. How do the Development squads work?

Please follow this link:

http://cvc-schoolboysfootball.co.uk/?page_id=4129

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9. What else does the Cardiff & Vale Schools FA do?

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As teachers who run sport in schools we are responsible for so much more than representative teams and training. The rep teams make up just a small part of what we do.

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As teachers and coaches in schools we work daily with players, both boys and girls to develop their understanding of the game.

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In addition to PE lessons and extra curricular activities we organise inter schools matches against primary and secondary schools within our association ( Cardiff and the Vale area). Schools affiliate to play in our competitions in leagues in the West of the area and East of the area where 30 secondary schools play matches in leagues and cup competitions from U12-U19 age groups.

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We also play school matches regionally and nationally in WSFA competitions so our students have many opportunities to play matches weekly.

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Schools that affiliate to our association then have the opportunity to nominate players to represent their school whilst representing their County in WSFA Inter Association matches against other associations in Wales.

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We are truly a schools association in all we do.