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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

Coach Talk

Interview with Sergi Angulo Lerin FM Sport Etudes Marseille By Mark O’Sullivan

I met Sergi Angulo Lerin at the Espanyol Academy in October 2012. We spent a lot of time discussing football and coaching methods over a series of  lunches and of course Barcelona / Espanyol academy games. Sergi is hired by  the prestigious FN Sport Etudes French Academy as coordinator and coach of the football section in Sainte Tulle (Marseille). This academy has 5 schools in France, one in England and one in USA. Sergi  monitors players in the south of Fance for Barcelona and RCD Esoanyol and has been involved with the International Division of the In-School Youth Football  club , a program that brings the advanced concepts of Spanish football  around the world.

Before Christmas I managed to catch up with Sergi for a quick Q and A. The Interview is printed in both English and Spanish.

A big  thank you  to Sergi for taking the time to answer my questions

What is FM? 

SERGI : FM Sport Études is a training school for football players from all over the world. In all our education centers players study, live and train every day to improve not only their  football skills, but also their general education and values of life.
We have five schools in France (our head office is located in Paris), one in England and one in the United States.

The players who study in our schools also take part in competitions with their own teams on weekends; it is important not to forget that competition is crucial for their evolution. Besides football, at our schools there are students who train in other sports such as Tennis, Basketball, Golf or horse riding.

¿Qué es el FM?

1- FM Sport études, es una escuela de formación de jugadores, donde tenemos jugadores de todo el mundo internados en nuestros centros. Ahí los jugadores estudian, comen y entrenan cada día, para perfeccionar su nivel futbolístico, sin olvidar los estudios y los valores fundamentales de la vida.

Tenemos 5 escuelas en todo Francia, 1 en Inglaterra y 1 en Estados unidos, donde la central es la que se encuentra en Paris. Estos jugadores los fines de semana juegan con sus equipos correspondientes para no olvidar la competición que es fundamental.

A parte de futbol en la escuela hay alumnos que realizan los mismo contenidos con diferentes deportes; Tenis, Básquet, Equitación y Golf

Can you describe your work at FM?

SERGI: In FM Sport Études I am responsible for the school football in Marseille. At the same time I also coach football players who are resident there. That is to say, every day I train them for three hours, I have to organize friendly matches, I have to implement a unique methodology for all players and coordinate with their  clubs, etc.

¿Puede describir su trabajo en FM?

2- En FM Sport études, yo soy el responsable del fútbol en la escuela de Marseille. A la vez también soy el entrenador de los jugadores residentes aquí. Es decir, cada día realizamos 3 horas de entrenamiento con los jugadores, se deben encontrar partidos amistosos, realizar una metodología para el centro, coordinar con los clubs en los que juegan, etc.

Is there a difference in coaching philosophy between Spain and France?

SERGI: I think there are a lot of differences between the French and the Spanish coaches.The philosophy of the game is totally different between the two countries. In Spain, game philosophy is based in a collective concept, playing with two touches max., build the attack through the best pass, thinking about making the best decisions for the group, beginning the attack from the back, etc.. On the other side, French philosophy is based in an individual game, where much of the game is the dribble. It is a much more direct game. They often do not build the attack from the back, they rely on the wingers to dribble past their opponent and cross the ball into  to the penalty area. Hence, the training of a French or Spanish coach is totally different. The French coach concentrates  more on physical strength, speed, skill and dribbling, while the Spanish coach works harder on  the pass control, real-game situations, decision-making exercises, and so on. That’s why there’s a big difference between Spanish and French players: the French are all skill and speed, whereas the Spanish are good at teamwork and very good  at “reading” the game.

¿Hay alguna diferencia en la filosofía como entrenador entre España y Francia?

3- Si creo que hay muchas diferencias entre el entrenador Francés y el entrenador Español.

La filosofía de juego es totalmente diferente entre ambos países.

Es el futbol español, la filosofía es de un juego colectivo, jugar a dos contactos de balón, de progresar mediante el pase, de pensar en tomar la mejor decisión para el colectivo, salir con el balón controlado desde atrás, etc.

En cambio la filosofía francesas, es más un juego individual, donde la gran parte de juego es el dribling, es un juego mucho más directo, no suelen salir con el balón controlado desde atrás y donde basan todo su potencial en los extremos y su habilidad para regatear-se al defensor y centrar.

De ahí que el entrenamiento de un entrenador francés o un español es totalmente diferente, el francés trabaja mucho el físico, la velocidad, la habilidad y el dribling, mientras que el entrenador español trabaja mucho más el pase control, situaciones de juego real, ejercicios donde se deban tomar decisiones, etc.

Es por eso que hay una gran diferencia entre los jugadores españoles y franceses, los franceses son todo habilidad, desequilibrio y velocidad, en cuanto a los españoles, son más de leer el juego, de jugar con los compañeros.

You are a scout in the south of France for a team in Barcelona. What type of player are you looking for?

SERGI: Obviously, first of all we want to check out as many players as we can from all over the world , so  we can have a wide range of options. We look in France for players who are skilled enough to play in Spain. That is to say, we would never recommend a good fullback who is not skilled enough to play the ball and dominate the short pass, if these characteristics are what our team needs… As said before, the main skills of most of the French players are their speed, their physical strength and their ability to unbalance an opponent. This type of player may not be found in Spain or be better than those of Spain.

Usted es un ojeador en el sur de Francia para un equipo de Barcelona. ¿Qué tipo de jugador estás buscando?

4- Primeramente y como es lógico queremos tener controlados todos el máximo de jugadores que hay en el mundo, para en el momento de realizar un fichaje tener un amplio abanico de opciones.

En Francia se buscan jugadores validos para jugar en España, es decir, no recomendaremos un central que defensivamente es muy bueno pero después no es capaz de sacarte el balón desde atrás, si tu equipo necesita eso…

Mayoritariamente y como he dicho anteriormente sus mejores características son el desequilibrio, la velocidad, el físico, etc. En consecuencia puede hacer falta un jugador así en el equipo y que en España no este, o sean mejores aquí….de ahí que como mayor número de jugadores tengas controlados, después más opciones tienes para elegir.

What is your opinion on isolated technique training? Do you think that technique training must be more like the game so that it also develops player intelligence?

SERGI : Obviously I am in favor of making all exercises holistically. That is to say, to train all skills in the same exercise, but of course, always focusing on that skill which you really want to improve. If you want to improve everything at once you may end not improving anything. But in my opinion, all exercises should serve to train all football skills. However, in the game there is no analytical technique situation because there are factors such as emotional, psychological, tactical, opponents, etc. The player has to get used to all these factors, otherwise, despite his good skills and technique, he does not know how to read the game and choose the best option, it is useless. So my advice is to train always taking into account all situations of a real game, but focusing on the goal of what to improve . I think the analytical exercises can be accommodated at an early age of the player, to have a good technique gesture and gain confidence.

¿Cuál es su opinión sobre el entrenamiento analítico? ¿Cree que la mejora de la técnica debe ser entrenada mejor como una situación de juego donde también desarrolla la inteligencia jugador?

Obviamente soy partidario de realizar todos los ejercicio de forma holística, es decir, entrenar todos los aspectos en un mismo ejercicio, eso sí, siempre poniendo el acento en uno, que es el que realmente quieres mejorar. Si quieres mejorarlo todo a la vez acabas por no mejorar nada, pero si es cierto, que los ejercicios deben tener todos los factores del futbol.

Después en el partido no hay ninguna situación técnica analítica, ya que hay factores socios afectivos, psicológicos, tácticos, rivales etc. Y el jugador debe estar acostumbrado a todos estos aspectos, sino, por muy buena técnica que tenga, si después no sabe interpretar el juego y no escoger la mejor opción…no sirve para nada.

Así que mi consejo es realizar siempre ejercicios donde intervengan todos los factores reales de un partido, pero centrarse en un objetivo a mejorar e incidir sobre él.

Creo que los ejercicios analíticos pueden tener cabida en edades tempranas del jugador, para tener una buena técnica gestual y coger confianza.

Content by Mark O’Sullivan, UEFA B (In training for A) Qualified coach in Sweden and founder of footblogball


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