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St Kevin’s Boys Under 13 Academy Cup  takes place over the Easter weekend March 29th – 31st – inclusive at the Club Complex at Shanowen Road.

Press Release 

This years line up promises to be the most high quality tournament to date with two times winners and current holders Arsenal F C coming to defend their title against last years runners up West Bromwich Albion F C.

This year for the first time we are delighted to have two teams from two of the most respected and successful countries in Europe – Spain and Holland. We are delighted that RCD Espanyol from Spain and Ado Den Haag from Holland have accepted our invitation to compete.

The line up is completed by Celtic F C who were very impressive in their 1st appearance here last year and our own under 13 Premier League team.

The teams are divided into two groups:

  • Group 1 : Celtic, St Kevin’s Boys & Espanyol
  • Group 2: Arsenal F C, West Bromwich Albion F C & Ado Den Haag.



Game 1. Friday March 29th Group 1 at 10.00am St Kevin’s Boys V Espanyol

Game 2. Friday March 29th Group 2 at 11.30am West Bromwich Albion V Ado Den Haag

Game 3. Friday March 29th Group 1 at 4.00pm Espanyol V Celtic

Game 4. Friday March 29th Group 2 at 5.30pm Arsenal V Ado Den Haag


Game 5. Saturday March 30th Group 1 at 10.00am St Kevin’s Boys V Celtic

Game 6. Saturday March 30th Group 2 at 11.30am Arsenal V West Bromwich Albion

Game 7. Saturday March 30th Semi Final at 4.00pm Winner Group 1 V Runner Up Group 2

Game 8. Saturday March 30th Semi Final at 5.30pm Winner Group 2 V Runner Up Group 1


Game 9. Sunday March 31st 5th-6th Play off at 10.00am

Game 10.Sunday March 31st 3rd-4th Play off at 12 noon

Game 11.Sunday March 31st Final at 1.30pm


Near FM are going to do a live broadcast from Shanowen road on sat morning. They will broadcast the match between St kevins boys vs. Celtic Fc at 10.00.You can catch them on frequency 90.3 or click on to hear the game from any part of the world – big shout out to the guys form NEAR FM who cover the tournament for us every year so thanks to all at the station.

For further information contact St. Kevins Boys FC

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Arklow United and Glasgow Celtic

Arklow United link with Glasgow Celtic has given the club exclusive access to Glasgow Celtic’s academy and development coaches for coach and player education. Aklows relationship with Glasgow Celtic continues to grow each season and they have plans for more exciting programs in the future.

I recently spoke to Mark Anderson Chairman of Arklow United and he tells me the club is dedicated to revitalising the grassroots football by constructing having the best soccer facilities and developing players in the right way. He is also is trying to implement better coaching for all his staff and with the partnership of Celtic they hope to further educate both the players and coaches at the club. Celtic provide the club with session plans and drills for all the coaches and regularly conduct coaching seminars. They also run camps for the kids at Easter and Summer.

Arklow have also implemented “don’t x cross the line” campaign at the club and are heavenly involved with the promotion for positive change at the under age level. Celtic is currently re structuring its own youth academy and working very closely with the Scottish FA in trying to develop the best players for the future of the league and national teams.

Scottish FA

Scottish football is currently going through a complete overall and they are making positive changes particularly to the small side games, so much so that the English FA and now watching very closing to the progression of there neighbours. I’d highly recommend the Scottish FA website for coach information, it has plenty information to access and is regularly updated with lots of content. Celtic along with Dundee United recently followed in the footsteps of the Scottish FA and opened up Scottish FA Football Academy, or Performance School with includes schooling and football for players. This Academies have been successful at Clubs like FCBarcelona and Sporting Club Portugal.

Celtic Camps

The main objective of the courses is to make a difference to young footballers across Wicklow. The course will last for five days between 10 am and 3pm and will focus on developing better players through practising skills and techniques, speed and agility exercises, and involvement in small- sided games: all with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment under the watchful eye of the Celtic coaching staff.

The Course

The key to success of these programmes will be participation. The Celtic Community Academy courses have been specially created for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 16, regardless of ability. Everyone is encouraged to take part and learn about the Celtic style of play and approach to the game. This camp is open to all kids aged 5 to 16s

For more information on these camps visit

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Mount Merrion Youth Football Club

Mount Merrion Youth Football Club

Thanks to all at Mount Merrion Youth Football Club, Barry Saul and all the Coaches for allowing me to talk at their managers meeting tonight. Brendan Healy thanks for that wonderful letter you gave me, it says alot about how kids playing football these days are feeling. I’ll post the letter on the site later.

Background story

Mount Merrion Youths Football Club is a junior soccer club based in South County Dublin. The club currently plays its home games in two locations – Deerpark, Mount Merrion for age groups under-11 and above and St Raphaela’s School, Kilmacud for ages up to under 10.

The club was formed in 1974, following the establishment of a team to compete in the Community Games.The club founders were Willie Philips and the late Jim Scully.

In the club’s first year of competitive football, an under 13 team was entered in the Dublin District Schoolboys League and since then this number has steadily grown over the years.  The club currently fields 31 teams, in the Dublin District Schoolboys League and the South Dublin Football League.

In 2005 the club enjoyed one of its’ finest moments, with our Under 18 team wining the Leinster Youths Cup.

Over the last thirty five years the club has played prestigious friendlies against high-profile clubs, including Celtic, Rangers, Southampton, Borussia Dortmund and the Republic of Ireland Under 15 team.   Additionally a number of our ex-players have gone on to play for Eircom League clubs.

The club remains community based, drawing the majority of its players from the local areas of Mount Merrion; Stillorgan; Kilmacud and Dundrum.