COLWYN BAY FC have retained their Category C academy accreditation after losing an appeal against not being awarded a higher status.

The club had appealed against the FAW decision not to climb up to a Category B academy status, which would have granted them more youth group teams.

Instead, the academy will remain at Category C level, meaning the club will only be able to field teams at Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19 level.

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A club statement said: “As we were already aware, we have been awarded FAW Academy Accreditation in which that guarantees the football club to run Academy provisions for two years, then the process for application starts again.

“It is with regret that we inform you that we were unsuccessful in our appeal of Category (CAT) B Academy and have been remained as a Category C Academy.

“Unfortunately, and with a heavy heart, we are unable, as ruling from the FAW, to provide any training or playing arrangements for any other age group that is not listed above.

“As part of our appeal package, we approached the FAW to offer further training and games for the teams that was not mentioned in our Academy Application feedback, due to the Academy wanting to provide for all of our current age groups, to which the FAW have not granted us permission to do so.

“Colwyn Bay FC would like to thank all parents, guardians, players and staff throughout this 22/23 season in which we wish you all the best moving forwards in whatever avenue you take in your next footballing journey, we like to wish you the best of luck and thank you for your commitment to the Academy and the football club.”