COLWYN Bay received some more good news after their youth structure received a notable distinction.

The Seagulls’ were informed that they have been given Academy accreditation by the Football Association of Wales on Saturday, July 18, which is the culmination of months of hard work from coaching staff and people working behind the scenes at the JD Cymru North outfit.

Neil Coverley, director of football at Colwyn Bay, said: “As a club we are absolutely delighted to have been told the news from the FAW Saturday morning.

“It’s another step in the right direction for the club and the community, the academy is improving year on year and it’s of great importance to us as we strive to get better both on and off the pitch.

“It takes a lot of hours and hard work to get this accreditation, congratulations to all that’s made it possible.

“We hope to have some positive news over the coming weeks to give the kids some season start dates for the new season.”

The club received a record amount of interest in their junior section in recent weeks, with 230 aspiring players signing up to a wide range of different age brackets.

This is set to be an integral part of the club’s development in the future, with Craig Hogg’s side harbouring serious ambitions to reach the JD Cymru Premier at the second time of asking next season.

In addition to the junior section, the club also boasts a thriving Academy that could see players progress into the senior set-up in the coming years.

They are also planning to introduce a girls’ junior section in the coming months, with the implementation of a senior women’s side also in the pipeline in the not-too-distant future.

The club are set to make a return to training in the coming days following under strict guideline implemented by the FAW, which is another step on the path to a competitive return in the current climate.