CONGRATULATIONS to Savannah Mccarthy (Listowel Celtic) who has been selected on the Irish Schools U-15 squad that who will shortly be going into training ahead of the Bob Docherty Trophy, an international tournament featuring long standing participants Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales who will be joined this year by England and Holland to make a six nations event.
The tournament will take place from April 2 to 5 at the AUL Complex in Dublin. Savannah is a pupil at Presentation Secondary School Listowel.
Coaching Staff Vacancies
THE aims and objectives of the FAI Emerging Talent Programme are as follows: Identify, develop, monitor, and evaluate players in all age groups; Enable Emerging Talent develop their capacities to a full potential; Provide a more challenging level of training and development; Provide the opportunity for players to train within their own area in a structured and quality environment; Provide a higher quantity and quality of players for National and International teams; Improve the quality of player across all levels of the game.
Applicants must possess at a minimum the UEFA 'A' qualification for outfield coaches and the UEFA 'B' qualification for goalkeeper coaches. Priority will be given to candidates with experience of developing young players to a high calibre.
Candidates must be dedicated to player development, possess a high degree of organization and planning, excellent communication skills, have a clear understanding of the Emerging Talent programme, should have a friendly, polite and approachable manner with an outgoing personality. The successful candidates will be remunerated based on qualifications and experience.
Applicants must be available for all Regional Emerging Talent training sessions which are held on Monday nights, match days which are held on six occasions during midweek day time hours, two in-service training days, which are held midweek day time hours in August and January and be available to attend matches in the local leagues which feed players into their specific Regional Emerging Talent Centre at least one weekend in every month.
Interested and suitably qualified candidates should forward their CV with the contact details of two persons who can vouch for the applicants coaching abilities to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively by post to Niall Harrison, FAI, National Sports Campus Ireland, Abbotstown, Dublin 15.
All applicants must indicate which of the following centres and which position they are applying to work in: Regional centres are Letterkenny, Castlebar, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, Blarney; Waterford, Arklow, Tullamore, Clondalkin, AUL Complex, Dundalk.
The positions available are Junior Head Coach, Junior Assistant Coach, Junior Goalkeeping Coach, Senior Head Coach, Senior Assistant Coach, and Senior Goalkeeping Coach. Applications will only be accepted until Friday, March 23 at 5pm.
Duffy called into squad
WITH Richard Dunne ruled out after suffering a fractured clavicle in Aston Villa's clash against Manchester City, Everton defender Shane Duffy has been called up to Giovanni Trappatoni's squad to face the Czech Republic in the 'Three International Friendly' on February 29 in Aviva Stadium.
You may recall that Duffy suffered a life threatening injury at an Ireland training camp back in 2010 when he had to undergo emergency surgery after rupturing the blood supply to his liver in what medical staff describe as 'freak accident' after colliding with the goalkeeper.
FAI medical staff say the then 18 year old's life was saved as a result of the operation carried out by Gerry Mcentee at the Mater Hospital. Duffy has made four appearances for the Everton first team this season and is another young player earmarked for a bright future with the international squad.
THERE was disappointment last week for Tralee Dynamos who failed in their bid for a First Division licence, but the club remain undaunted and will be working hard over the coming months to get everything in place for another bid next season. Their U19 side are flying high this season and are on a great run of results at the moment.
Killarney Celtic's U11s National Cup last 16 tie has been fixed for Saturday, March 4 away to Glenmuir, the game will kick off at 1pm. Celtic are the only Kerry side left in the National Cup across all age groups.
FAI Soccer Sisters Easter Camp bookings can now be made online at www.fai.ie/soccersisters. The Camp is open to girls aged 7 to 12 and will run for four days from April 2 to April 5.
Billy Dennehy scores a penalty and crosses for the second Shamrock Rovers goal in their 2-0 pre- season win over Wexford Youths.
Diarmuid O'carroll comes off the bench as Cliftonville beat St Patricks Athletic in first leg of Setanta Sports Cup tie and does likewise at weekend as Cliftonville lose 1-0 to Glentoran.
A late Wales goal inflicted defeat upon the Republic of Ireland Under18 home-based side at Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford, the Welsh winning 21.