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Caernarfon academy officials have suspended relations with the club
ACADEMY officials at Caernarfon Town have suspended their affiliation with the club over a cash row.
In an official statement released to the press, the management team of the Canaries' FAW award-winning youth set-up say: "It is with regret that due to circumstances beyond our control, we have taken the decision to suspend our affiliation to Caernarfon Town FC.
"The Academy Management Team will sever all links with the club in the event of failure of a satisfactory resolution by the FAW."
Academy officials are due to meet with the FAW's John Deakin, Oval chairman George Denham and club directors later this month.
"The present position is such that there are no funds to operate the Academy under the League of Wales structure, with Caernarfon Town failing to declare and pass any funding since February 2004," the statement continues.
"Until such time as the matter has been settled, the Academy will operate under the name Caernarfon Town Football in the Community Scheme, which has no affiliation to the Board of the Football Club.
"In the meantime we reserve the right to negotiate affiliation to another club - however our preferred option is to remain with Caernarfon Town."
The rift at Caernarfon has been caused by the failure of club directors to pass on a £3,000 academy grant from the FAW Trust, which was received in February.
While chairman George Denham claims the funds are being withheld pending a review of the academy's accounts, the youth officials say that both the club and the FAW have seen the books.
Unless the two parties can be reconciled, the Canaries' future in the Welsh Premier could be under threat, as Uefa licensing rules require all national league clubs to operate a recognised academy structure.
16 July 2021
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