EARMARKED as a “true game changer”, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/Scotiabank Academy Training Centre (ATC) was officially launched yesterday at the Umana Yana. The extensive and comprehensive ATC’s initiative will see the implementation of a nationwide youth development programme create a clear pathway for players to move from grassroots level straight up to the national teams, at all age group levels.“Today marks a giant leap towards realising that dream of success, as we embark on a new era of hope for football in Guyana. This nationwide network of GFF/Scotiabank Academy Training Centres will play a major part in our plan to transform football in Guyana,” declared GFF president Wayne Forde.Forde pointed out that such a widespread programme has never before been undertaken in the football fraternity in Guyana.In attendance to help usher in the groundbreaking initiative were several other GFF executives, as will as Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Sports Commission chairman Ivan Persaud.Persaud called it a “very solid programme, saying that players “will ultimately leave the programme being a better person”.The ATC programme is expected to focus on the overall well-being of the young players including nutrition, behaviour, fitness and sports psychology. It will involve scouting for new talent, coaching young players through coordinated weekly sessions and recruiting coaches and referees to work in each specific region.Seated at the head table at yesterday’s launch (from left): GFF executive committee member Dion Innis, GFF VPs Rawlston Adams and Bruce Lovell, GFF president Wayne Forde, Scotiabank’s Jennifer Cipriani, NSC chairman Ivan Persaud, GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood (Adrian Narine photo)This will not only create a constant supply of players, but also ensure that the players are of the best quality.“Football has the potential to be the number one sport in Guyana for many years to come. With this programme, the GFF is putting our nation where it belongs – in the vanguard of youth football development in the Caribbean,” said Forde.To carry out the programme’s mandate and ensure its success, the GFF will employ a team of nine full-time Technical Development Officers and 14 part-time Youth Development Coaches, in addition to the six-member technical staff, led by GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood.A broad overview of the programme, its structure and objectives were delivered by Greenwood during his address yesterday.The academies, of which there will be an initial 13, will be distributed across the GFF’s nine member associations. Associations from Bartica, Georgetown, Essequibo, Upper Demerara, East Bank, East Coast and West Coast Demerara will all have one academy each. More extensive areas will have more than one, with Berbice getting two, and the Rupununi starting off with four.The programme is specifically tailored to suit differing age levels, with academies for five specific age groups, namely grassroots sessions with boys and girls aged 5-11, Under-13 boys, Under-15 boys, Under-17 boys, and Under-17 girls.Each group will provide a maximum of 16 players at a time.Both the players and the staff’s continual inclusion in the programme will be merit-based. Greenwood will be tasked with reviewing academy intake and overall performance on a regular basis to ensure fairness, quality, and consistency.Funding for the programme will come from the GFF, International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and Scotiabank.Scotiabank will be supplying an initial fund of $600 000 worth of annual bursaries to cover school supplies for ATC participants. The bursaries are expected to go to those exemplary players with the best attendance at school and at the academies.Scotiabank’s Marketing Manager Jennifer Cipriani spoke on behalf of the company.“Scotiabank enjoys giving back to the communities. Through ATCs we hope to give our boys and girls the opportunity to realise their dream of a career in football,” she said. read more
The Premier County will take on the all ready relegated Wexford team in this Sunday’s Round 7 match-up. With promotion no longer a possibility Tipp will be hoping to continue their momentum and secure a fourth successive win in their division. Twomey says they’ll be looking to start their fringe players and he expects them to come out fighting against Wexford in an effort to put their hands up for selection ahead of the Championship. That game on Sunday throws-in at 3 o’clock in Clonmel and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Bob Fitzgerald Hardware Clonmel.
Talking Sport’s Charlie Collins gets behind the scenes with some of Glenswilly’s players and clubmen ahead of Sunday’s crunch Ulster Club Final. Simply click to play. DDTV – TALKING SPORT’S CHARLIE COLLINS PREVIEWS THE ULSTER CLUB FINAL was last modified: November 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie CollinsglenswillyTalking SportUlster Club Final
The Bonagee team which beat Finn Harps Reserves.FINN HARPS Reserves’ return to the Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League ended in a narrow defeat to Bonagee United, while there were draws in the Cockhill-Letterkenny and Swilly-Fanad games.Bonagee United 2 Finn Harps Reserves 1Finn Harps Reserves return to Intermediate football ended in defeat to Bonagee United on Sunday at Dry Arch Park.Harps manager Joe Boyle will be pleased by the way they applied themselves in their first game in the Ulster Senior League since their withdrawal in February 2015.Bonagee started the game brightly, and took the lead in the 11th minute Aidan McCauley played a neat pass into the path of Francesco Crisco, and the Bonagee winger made no mistake from ten yards.Harps should have drawn level in the 14th minute. Ryan McGarvey brought down Alex Carolan inside the box, but Gareth Doherty’s resulting spotkick was saved by Gareth Wade in the Bonagee goal.Harps had efforts late in the first period through Aaron McCready and Declan Sharkey, but neither efforts troubled the home goalkeeper too much.Bonagee doubled their advantage in the 75th minute when Aidan McLaughlin drew a mistake from Tommy Lee McCarron in the Harps goal and the Bonagee number 9 had the easiest task of rolling the ball into the empty net.Harps response was positive and they halved the deficit in the 85th minute when, following a punch clear by Wade, Declan Sharkey sidefooted home from twelve yards to make it 2-1.The men from Ballybofey almost got the equaliser just at the death, when Sharkey somehow managed to put a header wide, after a cross from Paul Ferry. Best for Bonagee were Aidan McCauley and Crisco, while Ciaran Kelly and Sharkey starred for the newcomers.Bonagee United: Wade, Doherty, Breslin, Russell, McGarvey, Lynagh, O’Doherty, McCauley, McLaughlin, Crisco, McCroary.Finn Harps Reserves: McCarron, Ferry, Ellison, Kelly, Doherty, McCready, Carolan, G Doherty, McCroary, Sharkey, FinnCockhill Celtic 2 Letterkenny Rovers 2COCKHILL CELTIC twice came from behind to draw with Letterkenny Rovers at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds.Goals by Steve Okakpu-Emeka and Igor Arriel had Letterkenny ahead, but Cockhill levelled twice through Peter Doherty and Ronan Doherty.Cockhill went close early on when Peter Doherty headed over from Gerry Gill’s corner.On 19 minutes, a Paul McDermott cross was flicked on by James Bradley to Derek Doherty, whose volley clipped the bar on the way over.Letterkenny took the lead on 21 minutess when Kevin McGrath’s shot hit the post and was bundled home from close range by Okakpu-Emeka.Cockhill replied with William O’Connor’s ball being controlled by Gerard McLaughlin into the path of Ronan Doherty who shot narrowly wide.Cockhill equalised just before half-time when Peter Doherty advanced from defence before firing past Kelly from 30 yards.The second half started with Cockhill dominating possession but Letterkenny looked dangerous on the break.They regained the lead on 56 minutes when a long ball released Arriel who, despite McLaughlin getting a touch, found the net from 15 yards.They had a big chance to win the game on the hour when Paul McVeigh broke clear of the Cockhill defence but his shot was saved by McLaughlin.A minute later, Cockhill were level.After inter-play between Bradley and Gill, Ronan Doherty curled the ball home from the edge of the box.Both teams had chances to win the game in the end-to-end finish to the match. Cockhill’s best chance coming when Bradley found space in the box, Kelly’s smothering save broke to Derek Doherty whose shot was deflected over.This was followed by a Paul Boyle header for Letterkenny being cleared off the line.The final chance fell to McVeigh who, again, broke through. This time he rounded McLaughlin before his shot was cleared off the line by the covering Oisin McColgan. Swilly Rovers 1 Fanad United 1Action for the Swilly vs Fanad game.THIS local derby was played in glorious sunshine on an excellent playingsurface at Swilly Park.Swilly went ahead on 38 minutes when a stray pass by Fanad’s Matthew Crossan, found Ryan Mc Daid who, with the outside of his right foot, curled a delightful shot into the far corner of the net.Shane Graham denied Swilly’s Laurence Toland with a stunning save and Toland then headed over a Ricky Fisher cross.Fanad were the more physical side and with more experienced players and the contrast in styles was interesting. Swilly’s defence stood firm against a frantic Fanad in the opening 20 minutes.In the second half Mark Wilson and Laurence Toland both came very close forSwilly but they were somehow denied.Fanad’s Seamus Nanny Friel was sent off for a second bookable offense.Heavy Fanad pressure paid off in the 86th minute when John McGarvey connected a Daire McDaid cross to make it 1-1.Swilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton, Paul Bradley, Shay Durning, Damien Friel,Jordan Toland, Barry Mooney, Ryan McDaid, Dylan Hegarty, Ricky Fisher,Laurence Toland, Brandon Wilkie. Subs used: Matthew Sweeney, Mark Wilson.Fanad United: Shane Graham, Seamus Friel, Martin McAteer, Shaun McElwaine,Kieran Gorman, Declan McGarvey, Killian Gallagher, Matthew Crossan, Daire McDaid, Davitt Walsh, Keelan McElwaine. Subs used: Gary Gorman, Martin McElhinney.Referee: Marty McGarrigle.RESULTS Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League, Sunday October 2Bonagee United 2-1 Finn Harps ReservesCockhill Celtic 2-2 Letterkenny RoversSwilly Rovers 1-1 Fanad UnitedFIXTURESFour Lanterns Ulster Senior League, Sunday October 9, kick-off 2pmLetterkenny Rovers v Swilly RoversDerry City Reserves v Bonagee UnitedNOTES‘FR MICK’ ULSTER SENIOR League Chairman Johnny McCafferty and Secretary Niall Callaghan were represented on Friday night at a function in the Silver Tassie Hotel to honour founding Ulster Senior League member Fr Michael Sweeney.Fr Sweeney was instrumental in the formation of the USL in 1986 and was also a founder member of Fanad United FC in 1972.As a manager, he won an All-Ireland Schools title in 1982, an FAI Youth Cup with Fanad United in 1979 and, the daddy of them all, the FAI Intermediate Cup with Fanad in 1988.Many of his former players and Fanad United colleagues were in attendance at Friday’s function.*Picture attached of Fr Mick and USL Chairman Johnny McCafferty at Friday’s functionDERRY CITYWELL done to Derry City for battling back to draw 2-2 with Dundalk in Sunday’s FAI Senior Cup semi-final and best wishes to Kenny Shiels and his team in Tuesday’s replay at the Brandywell. Ronan Curtis, who was a regular member of Derry’s USL teams in recent seasons, scored the equaliser for Derry.Ryan McBride, Ben Doherty, Josh Daniels, Barry McNamee and Nathan Boyle were others to feature in Sunday’s game for the Candystripes who have been prominent features in the USL since Derry’s return.CLUB NOTESULSTER Senior League clubs are asked to forward weekly notes to new League PRO Chris McNulty at [email protected] for circulation to the media and for inclusion on the Ulster Senior League website. Ulster Senior League: Bonagee spoil Harps’ comeback party was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
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