Monday, June 27, 2011
Additions to the club merchandise brochure:
A new range of CUAFC polo-shirts are now available in white, in addition to the existing range, which can be viewed at our Merchandise page, not to mention the very popular pink hoodies in aid of Cork ARC charity.
The club shop is open during Academy hours on Saturday mornings.
Posted on 06/27 at 06:32 PM
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Carrigaline United AFC Voted ‘Aviva Club Of The Month’ By The FAI For May 2011
Carrigaline United AFC have won the FAI’s Aviva sponsored Club of the Month Award for May 2011.
FAI Link: Aviva Award Winners 2010/11
The AVIVA Club of the Month Awards, run in conjunction with The Irish Daily Star and the Carlton Hotel, recognise clubs’ achievements and displays on and off the field. The awards, now in their fifth year, distinguish some of the finest football clubs in the country through a series of monthly prizes culminating in the AVIVA Club of the Year Award, which will take place in Clare on Friday, July 15th to coincide with the FAI’s “Festival of Football” prior to the Association’s AGM on Saturday, July 16th.
Keep an eye out for a story appearing soon on the Aviva Club Of The Month page of the FAI website shortly.
This award recognises the hard work of a large number of people at CUAFC over the years. It is the strong support of the local community that has enabled Carrigaline United to develop to the club it is today. Without the consistent support of members and community our continued growth and success would not be possible. For this we thank all of the people who have contributed in their own way: players, parents, committee members, supporters, everybody! We will continue to strive to improve our club, both in football terms and in the development of our close links with local charities and organisations. Now we will do our best to bring back the Club of the Year Award in July!
Pictured at the award for Aviva Club of the Month for May 2011 for CUAFC: Breeda Harrington, Alan Cinnamond, Willie Walsh &Michael O’Regan. Also pictured Paul Martyn (FAI), Ger Keville (Irish Daily Star), Kevin West (Carlton Group) & Karl Mitchell (Dublin City Council)
Posted on 06/19 at 05:54 PM
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Carrigaline United Soccer Academy: The Footballing Future Is Bright
The Carrigaline United AFC Soccer Academy finished up for the 2010/11 season on June 11th, concluding what has been another great season.
Anyone who is involved with the CUAFC Soccer Academy or has seen it in operation will tell you that Ballea Park is a hive of activity on Saturday and Sunday mornings. On first glance, with the numbers of players, coaches, parents and a busy car-park, you might wonder how it is all coordinated and how it does not develop into absolute chaos! Fear not, because amongst those out running around on the pitches you will find numerous Academy coordinators, qualified coaches and volunteers, all ensuring that the Academy runs smoothly and that the kids can develop their skills and understanding of the game in a safe and fun environment.
The Academy enjoyed another very successful season in 2010/11. Numbers were increased from 270 boys and 30 girls for 2009/10 to over 350 boys and 60 girls for 2010/11, but thankfully the Academy has been well able to cope with the rising numbers under the guidance of coordinator Sean Bruton. Sean has led the Academy for the last 3 years now, overseeing an impressive period of expansion and progression hand in hand with the redevelopment of Ballea Park. The tireless assistance of the likes of Declan Cooke, Val Sexton, Sean Slevin, Kieran Crotty and Barbara O’Connell has also been invaluable over recent years.
The key factor in the value of the Academy has always been and remains the very high standard of coaching. The Academy now consists of over 40 coaches that have completed various levels of coaching qualifications such as Kickstart 1, Kickstart 2 and Youth badges. We now even have one coach with a UEFA B grade qualification, Frank Kelleher. We also have a very capable group of volunteers that includes parents, players from the Senior team and former players that played the game with distinction. With this level of expertise on offer, our footballing ‘students’ are given the best possible opportunity to develop before entering the world of competitive schoolboy/schoolgirl football.
We are adopting a ‘football for all’ philosophy at Ballea Park. We want to ensure that players of all standards can learn, improve but most of all enjoy their football. Results are important too of course! For those of you interested in what can be achieved out of the Academy, you need only look at the success of our schoolboy teams in the last few years. Fresh out of the 2010 Academy at the start of the season just finished, our Under 11 first team won the Local Cup, came second in the Premier Division and featured the Cork Schoolboy League Under 11 Player of the Year. Our second Under 11 team won their division going unbeaten for the entire season. Not bad! Our Under 12 teams excelled too. The Under 12 first team came very close to a premier league title this season, a team that had also stormed into schoolboy football last season as Under 11’s capturing the imagination of the club with a strong run in the National Cup and boasting the CUAFC Golden Boot winner. The Under 12 second ‘Hibs’ team won their division in 2010/11.
Carrigaline United has always produced excellent players that have gone on to achieve great things in the game. To date 12 players have represented Republic of Ireland at various underage levels while affiliated with CUAFC: Brian O’Neill and Gareth Cronin in the early 1990’s; Emma Greene; Jacqui O’Keeffe in 2002; Danny Kelly in 2006, Wayne Bruton and Dean Kelly in 2008; Kalen Spillane, Simon Holland and Carl McPherson in 2009, Shane Griffin in 2009/2010 and Darragh Corcoran in 2011. Cork City FC’s current first choice back-four includes the aforementioned Kalen Spillane, while Shane Griffin has recently joined Reading FC. In the last few years former players have picked up FAI Intermediate Cups (Michael Kiernan x3), a US College Inter-varsity title (Laura Thompson) and the list goes on. All of these players learned something along the way from the coaching they received at the CUAFC Academy.
It is best to start as young as possible, so we recommend that if your son or daughter (age 6-10) has an interest in football, come down to Ballea Park on September 10th next and register your child for a bright footballing future!
Posted on 06/12 at 07:19 PM