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Cambria Football Academy

Our academies

If you love football, whether you’ve been kicking a ball around since you could walk or you want to get off the bench for the first time, we have a team for you. Choose from Cambria Nomads Academy, Cambria Men’s Football at Yale, or Cambria Women’s Football Team. Find out about each of our brilliant teams below.

At Coleg Cambria, we’re entering our sixth year in partnership with Connah’s Quay Nomads FC, who are one of the top teams in Welsh domestic football.

What you need to know

We’re taking a leaf out of Connah’s Quay Nomads FC first team curriculum, by providing a comprehensive training schedule. Mirroring their curriculum will ensure you have the best technical, tactical and physical development.

Monday 4-6 – Strength and Conditioning / Technical Training
Tuesday 4-6 – Tactical Training
Wednesday – AoC Sport Fixtures
Thursday – 4-5:30 – Recovery session
Friday – No Training
Saturday – U18 North East Wales Clwyd Men’s League
Sunday – U19 Welsh Premier Development League

Coleg Cambria Men’s 1

  • AoC Sport North West Category 1
  • AoC British Colleges Cup
  • Welsh Schools Cup
  • Welsh Colleges Cup


Coleg Cambria Men’s 2

  • Aoc Sport North West Category 2
  • AoC British Colleges Cup (Developmental)
  • Welsh Schools Cup (Developmental)

All home fixtures are played at Connah’s Quay 3G @ CQHS

You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer for Connah’s Quay Nomads Academy. You’ll also be able to gain some of the FAW Football coaching qualifications if you want that under your belt.

We believe that, no matter what you’re studying at Cambria, you should have the opportunity to represent our elite teams. We are committed to combining academic and sporting excellence, supporting your ambitions in the classroom and on the field.

In our most recent Estyn report, inspectors rated the college as ‘excellent’, making Cambria one of the most successful colleges in the UK, and the highest performing college in Wales.

Step 1 – Any player who is interested in the programme is invited to attend the February Open Evening.

Step 2 – All players who attend the open evening are then asked to complete an expression of interest, detailing their reasons for wanting to be part of the programme as well as their ambitions going forward.

Step 3 – Following this, all expressions of interest are reviewed by CQN and a number of players are selected for trial.

Step 4 – Finally, players are then selected from trial and are encouraged to complete their college enrolment.

For further information please contact Tim Williams.

Coleg Cambria have recently developed a new partnership with Cefn Druids – one of the top teams in Welsh domestic football. Yale and Bersham Road students are eligible for the Cambria Druids Football Scholarship if selected. The players represent Cambria Druids in the AoC North West league against other colleges.

We invite you to our Yale campus, no matter what course you’re studying, to participate and compete in a league structure. At Yale, we’ve partnered with The Racecourse Foundation and Wrexham FC to support and develop your skills.

What you need to know

You’ll have the incredible opportunity to train under the supervision of experienced coaches on Wednesday afternoons. Training takes place at Brymbo Sports and Social Complex with transport available from the Yale campus.

We’ll be playing in the AoC Cat 3 Northwest League 2 (West) and AoC Cup competing against colleges from across North Wales and the North West of England. Our home fixtures are played at Brymbo Sports and Social Complex.

Being involved with football at Coleg Cambria gives you the opportunity to complete coaching qualifications, with courses likely to run from our Deeside site. These qualifications will develop your leadership skills within football.

If you’re interested in furthering your coaching or refereeing skills, you’ll be supported as you complete further qualifications and gain experience in local clubs and schools.

We believe that, no matter what you’re studying at Cambria, you should have the opportunity to represent our elite teams. We are committed to combining academic and sporting excellence, supporting your ambitions in the classroom and on the field.

In our most recent Estyn report, inspectors rated the college as ‘excellent’, making Cambria one of the most successful colleges in the UK, and the highest performing college in Wales.

We hold trials in the first week in September at Brymbo Sports and Social Complex. Your transport to the complex will be provided. Competitive fixtures begin the following week. We’re always looking for new players to strengthen the team, so don’t worry; we’re able to give you a spot on the team even if you miss the initial trial in September.

For further information please contact Darryl Cumberlidge or Dan Millington

Join our successful women’s football provision and be a part of a team that’s constantly growing and developing, thanks to our partnership with The Racecourse Foundation. Working closely with club coaches, we can provide you with a clear pathway from college football to the Wrexham AFC Girls Centre of Excellence. The football team you’re a part of will be made up of Yale and Deeside students, and you’ll play in the AoC North West League and also enter the Welsh Colleges Championships.

What you need to know

The college team you’re a part of will train and play on a Wednesday afternoon. Training will typically take place at the Deeside site but is open to you even if you study at a different site.

If you’re selected for the Wrexham AFC Ladies team you will benefit from weekly squad training at Morgan Llwyd 3G. The training programme will be based around technical and tactical coaching and will be delivered by head coach Luke Wynne and UEFA B Licence holder, Steve Howsam.

Your team will be entered into the AoC Sport North West Women’s league, competing against colleges from across North Wales and the North West of England. Home fixtures take place at the Deeside site with transport available from other college sites.

If you’re selected for the Wrexham AFC Ladies Team, you’ll participate in the North Wales Women’s League for the 2021/22 season. The NWWL is the second tier and sits below the Women’s Welsh Premier League. Teams within this league include Airbus Ladies, Northop Hall, Kinmel Bay, Bangor City and others, with more due to request entry for this season. WAFC Ladies will also be entering all cup competitions including the Welsh Cup and the League Cup.

Our home base for first team fixtures will be Pen Y Cae FC. Pen Y Cae possesses a Welsh National League standard pitch, changing rooms and a clubhouse for after-match food and drinks.

Being involved with football at Coleg Cambria gives you the opportunity to complete coaching qualifications, with courses likely to run from our Deeside site. These qualifications will develop your leadership skills within football.

If you’re interested in furthering your coaching or refereeing skills, you’ll be supported as you complete further qualifications and gain experience in local clubs and schools.

We believe that, no matter what you’re studying at Cambria, you should have the opportunity to represent our elite teams. We are committed to combining academic and sporting excellence, supporting your ambitions in the classroom and on the field.

In our most recent Estyn report, inspectors rated the college as ‘excellent’, making Cambria one of the most successful colleges in the UK, and the highest performing college in Wales.

The college team holds taster sessions and trials during September, with competitive fixtures beginning soon after. We’re always looking for new players to strengthen the team, so don’t worry; we’re able to give you a spot on the team even if you miss the initial trial in September.

For further information on the college team contact Sean Regan.

Selection for the Wrexham AFC Ladies Centre of Excellence is through a trial process. To request a trial please contact Matthew Jones.

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