Cardiff City have officially announced that new plans for a ‘state of the art’ academy base in Llanrumney have been approved

The new academy base will span across 16 acres and will provide access to an influx of facilities including a two-storey accommodation block with offices and classrooms, lecture theatres, a canteen, changing facilities and 3G indoor pitches.

These alongside the exterior full-size football pitches will hugely benefit the up-and-coming players training there, as the site replaces the old Doctor Who building.

Not only will the site be used for the Cardiff City academy however, as access for local clubs and university will also be permitted.

The approved plans are a collaboration between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University and Cardiff City House of Sport.

The CEO and executive director of Cardiff City Ken Choo said: “The Llanrumney project is particularly exciting, with it also re-establishing a base for Cardiff City within the city limits itself.

This state-of-the-art complex will provide a sustainable base for our academy for years to come, helping us ensure quality and consistency in the development of our young players into professional footballers – all part of Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s vision for Cardiff City FC.”

Steve Borley, Cardiff City House of Sport director said: “Our vision in partnership with Cardiff Council and Cardiff University is to create a sustainable multi-purpose facility to serve the university and local sports clubs as well as a new home for Cardiff City Academy.

“The creation of the hub will empower local people to invest their spare time proactively, working with all age groups and genders and have a central hub to promote and deliver sports development for the community of Llanrumney. We hope to bring in assistance from the foundations of FAW, Cardiff City and WRU to provide guidance to help deliver the vision of the hub.”

Cardiff City’s plans for a ‘state of the art’ academy approved

A main focus of the hub will be inclusion and participation, with an ethos of ‘sport for all’ leading to a development of both male and female programs.

The current Cardiff City academy has seen massive success in their development of players over the years and a huge array of youngers have been promoted to the first team. Some of these include Rubin Colwill, Mark Harris, Tom Sang, Isaak Davies, Sam Bowen and Joel Bagan of recent.

There are no official details regarding when construction will start.