Tony Doyle from Creane and Creane Insurances presented playing kit and training gear to Yola FC Under-17 academy squad members and coaches in Bunclody on Tuesday.
The newly-formed entity has been in training since restrictions were lifted and look on themselves as an alternative option for players who, for whatever reason, did not step up to the League of Ireland this season.
As highlighted in the media last year, Yola FC applied for a licence to participate in the League of Ireland at all levels but were unsuccessful for a variety of reasons. However, they are preparing to apply again for the 2022 season.
Plans are already being put in place for this application, and a spokesperson for the club stated that ‘last season this application was portrayed to be an effort to remove Wexford FC from the league but that is not the case.
‘While Yola may have a different ethos than Wexford FC, Yola recognise the great work and effort made by the current LOI club and wish them the best of luck for many years to come.
‘We are very aware of the challenges that face any club in the LOI, but Yola have several strong Wexford football people involved, both at coaching and administration levels, that will bring a badly-needed local focus to a club from the county and surrounding areas participating in football at the highest level in the country,’ he added.
Further details will become available in the coming months as Yola’s application progresses, but for the moment this initial academy will continue to train and prepare players to participate at the highest level.