The Big Interview Martin Longworth has transitioned from player to coach in his time at Cardiff Met, now overseeing the academy at the club we caught up to get an insight into the club at all levels. MET: Hi Martin, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. Firstly, can you give us an insight into your role at the club? ML: I currently have two roles at the club; Academy Director and First Team assistant coach. MET: How has the season gone so far in your opinion at all levels of the club? ML:Both the Academy and the First Team took time to adapt to life in their respective Dafabet Welsh Premier Leagues. The First Team have trained hard and kept to task, we have trusted our brand of football and are starting to see the benefits. We currently sit in the top 6, but this is far from an accomplishment, with 8 games to go and the league as tight as it is we must fight for every point and not remain stagnant in our ways. The Academy sides are still in the process of transformation both on and off the pitch. Results have not gone our way as of yet, but If we can emulate the mentality and application of our First Team, then we would have taken a large step forward this season in ensuring that an Academy has been developed to cultivate the young talent within both the club and the local community. MET: Tell us a bit more about the academy set up here at Cardiff Met FC. ML: The academy is in its inaugural year as an FAW licenced and accredited academy, and therefore, have undergone considerable modification in the past few months. We now boast one of the largest academies in South Wales, with 304 registered players, representing 13 teams ranging from U5s to U19s, with four playing in the Dafabet Welsh Premier Academy League(s). All of our coaches hold the necessary FAW and UEFA coaching qualifications as well as meeting child protection and first aid legislations. We endeavour to produce players who aspire to become fundamental members of the First Team squad in future years, support both football and non-football education of our youth players, and, therefore, invest in a high-quality youth development programme.
MET: Thatâ€™s a great insight into the club, thanks Martin!