Cymru call-ups for FAW National Academi players

Following participation in last month’s Cymru Cup, three players from the FAW National Academi system have been called up to a Cymru U15s training camp for the first time.

Leo Papirnyk and Monti Ellis from Caernarfon Town and Oliver Williams from Pontardawe Town have been called up for the training camp which will be held in Cardiff next week.

The National Academi program is designed to unearth talent through the FAW player pathway, ensuring that Wales are efficiently identifying and progressing players. 

The FAW allocates funding to support the Licensed Academies according to their Category status. In addition, the FAW delivers representative team experiences culminating annually in the Cymru Cup and onto potential selection for Cymru at U15 level.

“Selection of these three players is testament of course to the boys selected, but also to their club environments at Caernarfon Town and Pontardawe Town. We have to recognise the hard work being done within our National Academi structure.”

“With the changes that have taken place within the structure, the FAW can now be sure that the Academies that remain offer a high quality player development provision. Fundamentally our aim is to ensure that across Wales, through access to these Academies, every talent has a chance to fulfil their potential” 

The training camp marks the start of preparations for this year’s UEFA Development Tournament, which will take place in October. Cymru have been drawn to play Spain Iceland and hosts Poland.

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