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killester look good with crawford cubs

BOBBY CRAWFORD is back on home ground at Killester United to ensure that the club has a healthy production line of stars for tomorrow.

Crawford set up the first academy for schoolboys aged between 5 and 7 years of age at the club along with academy coaches Fiona Keating, Ciara Perdue and Sarah Donnelan.

Crawford had high praise for the three coaches who had a squad of 27 kids - three girls in cluded - over a period of seven months.

"It's been a super success and the girls were brilliant the way they went about their business over the duration of the course," said Crawford.

Crawford, who helped set up a similar structure at Shamrock Rovers, pointed out that the emphasis was on ball work where the players are encouraged to express themselves with the ball in their possession.

The club will now be putting a squad from the academy into the schoolboys leagues for the 2010/2011 season.

The rest of the players will return to the academy which will resume in October and will run through to May 2011.

Bobby, who was secretary to Kilmore Boys for 34 years, also set up the Shamrock Rovers Cubs academy 3 years ago. Some of those players are currently doing very well in the schoolboys leagues.

Now back with the club where he played himself he says its very satisfying to put something back into the game. Seeing young footballers develope is terrific.

Killester senior team manager Joey Graydon, captain Darren Murphy and junior international Michael Keogh presented the certificates to the players and had with them the AUL Premier A trophy and Nivea Cup which they won this season.