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Football Academy of Ireland

Published 1 year ago 31st July 2021 by Editor

Clonmel Launches an elite new Player Development Centre in Clonmel Town FC running every Monday night, with limited places available.

For any young sports enthusiast this will be like music to your ears!

The Football Academy of Ireland was founded by former FAI Development Officer, Darren Murray. Darren worked with the FAI in player development and coach education for 18 years.

In this time, he worked as a UEFA coach educator on UUFA A and B courses and educated over a thousand aspiring coaches. He also worked as an international coach with the boys U15 and U16 teams, and the girls U17 and women’s U19 teams.

Darren has an impressive track record in player development; during a senior international in 2019, he was coach to four starting players. Darren holds a UEFA Pro licence, a Masters MSc in Sports Performance (UL), a Masters MSc in Sports Coaching and Science (UCD), a Masters MSc in Advanced Strength and Conditioning (LIT), a KNVB (Holland FA) International Coaching Award, and an FA (England FA) Youth Coaches Award.

Darren has also visited many professional clubs in England, Spain, Germany and Portugal so is well qualified and experienced to provide advice and guidance to any player wanting to succeed and reach their full potential, his credentials speak for themselves.

The football academy of Irelands player development centres are designed to offer additional training to any player looking to advance in the game of football providing high quality coaching to enable players to improve their football skills and knowledge, whilst also improving their football conditioning and psychology.

Anybody that plays sport knows that contact time is an issue in Irish football with some players only having 1 to 2 hours of training per week. Two to three hours of training per week only maintains your

current skill level. More than 5 hours per week is needed for proper development. Darren’s coaches deliver high quality sessions in a positive environment and support each individual player in reaching his or her potential. The sessions are structured and customised to serve the needs of each age group and individual. We believe that every player deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Every player or team with the dream of reaching an elite level needs elite coaching. We meet this need by supplying expert coaches with proven track records and decades of experience to work with any club, team, or individual looking to challenge themselves and reach their potential.

However it is vital to point out that this is not limited to players that want to reach an elite level. If you enjoy playing and want to improve your game or just play more sport we would welcome you to join us for training.

With obesity a growing concern it is imperative that children get as much opportunity to move as possible and unfortunately it has become an issue that the only time now that children get exercise is in the school playground. Children need to learn good habits and should know about the benefit of eating right and the importance of sleep, exercise and understanding your body.

According to mental health Ireland website it states that mental health problems affect one in ten children and young people. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and

the top thing on the list to keep young people mentally well is to be in good physical health, eat a balanced diet and get regular exercise.

Our aim is to provide this education as part of our ongoing training in our development centres.

Darren has worked with various schools all over Ireland and points out that emphasis of their school coaching sessions is primarily to engage students in the world of team sports and to make it as fun and exciting as possible. This is an opportunity for children to have fun, get fit, and play together.

These sessions provide children with
the opportunity to make new friends and alleviate stress. We work in blocks of 6 to 8 weeks, with 1 hour per group or class a week.

If your school is interested in booking the Football Academy of Ireland, give Darren a call or drop an email and one of the team will be back to you to schedule in a date to suit from September when school returns.

The Football Academy of Ireland supplies expert tutors and lecturers with proven track records and vast amounts of experience to empower you with a higher level of understanding in areas vital for skilled players and coaches.

Block one for Clonmel’s Player Development CentreinClonmelTownFCSportsComplex starts Monday 6th September. Block one will run for 4 weeks and costs just €40 per block. We cater for boys and girls aged 6 to 16. To book online visit or for further information call us on 083 3912136. Visit our social media sites for upcoming camps and new dates and venues.

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