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Bohs' Oscar Traynor link-up


Bohs President Matt Devaney and NDSL Tony Gains

Photo Garrett White

Bohs President Matt Devaney and NDSL Tony Gains Photo Garrett White

Bohs President Matt Devaney and NDSL Tony Gains Photo Garrett White

Bohemians have found a second home from next season on with the NDSL's Oscar Traynor Centre the landlord and welcoming the Gypsies with open arms.

While it has been known for some time of the link-up, the League of Ireland club and the North Dublin Schoolboys and Girls League officially announced their partnership on Wednesday night.

It is another massive stride forward for the NDSL as they continue to develop in all areas of youth football.

Under the new arrangement between the two organisations, Bohemians will gain access to the best players of the NDSL and help facilitate their transition from youth to senior football.

Coaching relationships will also be built to ensure that players get the best learning experience in a model that compliments the philosophy of the League of Ireland club.

That will include coaching sessions coordinated by Bohemians senior coaching staff.

For those not buying into the proposal, all you need to do is look at Paddy Madden.

The former NDSL youngster who went on to play at Bohemians before moving to England, and is now preparing to play Championship football for Yeovil Town after scoring in a play-off final at Wembley last month.

Both the NDSL and Bohemians think it is a perfect link-up, also as Bohemians are the original North Dublin football club, having been founded in the Phoenix Park and based throughout North Dublin in its 123-year history.

Speaking at the launch event at Dalymount Park last Wednesday, North Dublin Schoolboy League secretary Tony Gains said, "We believe it's a good partnership for the North Dublin Schoolboy and Girls League as we now have a complete pathway for our players from 16 to 19 years of age.

The history and tradition that Bohemians have will be a source of tremendous experience for our players, coaches and the league as a whole."

Bohemian FC President Matt Devaney added, "Bohemians are delighted to form this partnership with the NDSL.

"We believe that by having a direct link to the 80-plus clubs and 13,000 kids in our catchment area of North Dublin it will give us an unrivalled advantage in our efforts to grow our youth section and our fan base.

"We look forward to working closely with the NDSL to ensure the partnership is maximised to its full potential"

Bohemians first team manager, Aaron Callaghan, who was a recent onlooker at the NDSL Finals in the Oscar Traynor Centre and a firm supporter of the initiative, commented:

"This is innovative because it gives young players a pathway to the elite level of football in this country. I'm excited by this partnership and the potential for the on-going sharing of ideas. It's great for all players and coaches."