UNDER-18s IN POLE POSITION

Everyone at Bohemians would like to wish our Under-18s the best of luck as they travel to Poland at the end of the month.

Robbie Giles’ men will take on both Legia Warsaw’s Under-19 and Under-17 teams on Thursday November 28th and Saturday November 30th respectively.

Legia have also invited the Bohs boys to their senior team’s Europa League clash against Italian giants Lazio on Thursday November 28th.

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Manager Giles said: “This trip is a bonus for everyone involved in the team. We’ll be up against top calibre opposition and that’s a challenge that’s really welcome because it’ll help get us to a level that you only get to when playing top level opposition.

“Our last season was extremely successful. We won every single league game, followed it with victory in the Kells Tournament and a great performance and ‘Golden Plate’ award during the prestigious Milk Cup competition in Derry.

“Our aim for this season is very clear – we want to win the league again and perform well in all cups we’re in. We also want to get good results from our trip to Poland. The lads realise they are in a great position representing the club and will be putting in a big effort.”

Under-18s coach Adam Firych is looking forward to accompanying the team to his native country.

He said: It’s a great opportunity to take the lads to my homeland and play against one of the best teams in Poland.

“Legia’s Under-17 won the Polish Championship last year and their Under-19s finished fifth in the top league. Getting more game-time and playing high tempo games will give us better experience to deal with high standard opposition.

“We will have to play to a high level against Legia teams if we are to compete, but we have the players and they know it’s a platform to display their ability. They’re a great bunch of lads and are anxious to give a good account of themselves.

“Wins in both games would be the best gift for Christmas but we don’t expect any presents from Legia! Their academy is really professional and some of the players have been capped for Poland Under-17 and Under-19 international teams. We need to be fully prepared physically, tactically and mentally. Our lads can’t wait for the trip.”

BOHS TEENS KNOCKING ‘EM FOR SIX

It’s easy to see how Bohemians’ LSL Under-19 team are firing in the goals at an average of over SIX per game at the moment, they’re a very skilful outfit, writes STEPHEN BURKE.

Their most recent victory saw them run out 5-1 winners against Arklow Town at Albert College last Sunday, which made it five wins from their first five games.

And last week in Dalymount Park, they stood up well to Baldoyle United’s senior team in a friendly match and were a shade unlucky to go down 4-2. Our photo shows the Bohs LSL Under-19 squad before the kick-off.

BOHS’ LSL UNDER-19 RESULTS:  Bohemians 5 Arklow Town 1, Newbridge Town 2 Bohemians 6, Beechwood 1 Bohemians 7, Bohemians 6 Ballyoulster United 1, Bangor Celtic 0 Bohemians 7.

SCHOOLBOYS TRIALS START THIS EVENING

A reminder that Bohemians are holding our schoolboy trials this week, starting with the Under 11s and Under-14s TONIGHT.

All trials will take place in Albert College from 7pm to 8.30pm on the dates specified.

  • Under-11s (born 2003) – Monday July 8th (Open training: Monday July 15th).
  • Under-12s (born 2002) – Wednesday July 10th (Open training: Wednesday July 17th).
  • Under-14s (born 2000) – Monday July 8th (Open training: Monday July 15th).
  • Under-16s (born 1998) – Wednesday July 10th (Open training: Wednesday July 17th).
  • Under-17s (born 1997) – Tuesday July 9th (Open training: Tuesday July 16th).

Both players AND managers needed – contact Kay (086-3245694) or Anthony (0864120528/anthonyc@bohemians.ie) for more information.

WANNA PLAY FOR BOHS?

Bohemians have announced times and dates for upcoming schoolboy trials.

All trials will take place in Albert College from 7pm to 8.30pm on the dates specified.

  • Under-11s (born 2003) – Monday July 8th.
  • Under-12s (born 2002) – Wednesday July 10th.
  • Under-14s (born 2000) – Monday July 8th.
  • Under-16s (born 1998) – Wednesday July 10th.
  • Under-17s (born 1997) – Tuesday July 9th.

Both players AND managers needed – contact Kay (086-3245694) for more information.

BOHEMIANS/NDSL PARTNERSHIP STRATEGY

Bohemian FC and the North Dublin Schoolboy and Girls League are delighted to announce an official partnership between the two organisations.

Under this new arrangement, Bohemian FC will gain access to the best players in the NDSL to facilitate their transition from youth football to senior football.

Coaching relationships will also be built to ensure players get the best learning experience in a model that complements the football philosophy of the club. This will include coaching sessions conducted by Bohemian FC’s senior coaching staff.

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This partnership is a perfect fit as it is a link between the North Dublin Schoolboy and Girls League and The Bohemian Football Club, which is the original north Dublin League of Ireland club, having been founded in the Phoenix Park and based locally throughout its 123-year history in north Dublin.

Speaking at the launch event at Dalymount Park, NDSL secretary Tony Gains said: “We believe it’s a good partnership for the North Dublin Schoolboy and Girls League as we now have a complete pathway for our players from 16 to 19 years of age.

“The history and tradition that Bohemian FC have will be a source of tremendous experience for our players, coaches and the league as a whole.”

And Bohemians president Matt Devaney added: “We are delighted to form this partnership with the NDSL. We believe that by having a direct link to the 80+ clubs and 13,000 kids in our catchment area of north Dublin, it will give us an unrivalled advantage in our efforts to grow our youth section and our fanbase. We look forward to working closely with the NDSL to ensure the partnership is maximised to its full potential.”

Bohs manager Aaron Callaghan said: “This is innovative because it gives young players a pathway to the elite level of football in this country. I’m excited by this partnership and the potential for the on-going sharing of ideas. It’s great for all players and coaches.”

Bohs get the cream in 2013 Milk Cup

Bohemian FC Under-17s have been rewarded with an incredibly challenging draw for the 2013 Milk Cup.

On Tuesday last, manager Robbie Giles, Head of Player Development & Recruitment Lisa Fallon and members of the squad travelled to Belfast for the draw, which was conducted by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and 18-year-old Reds starlet Raheem Sterling.

There was great excitement at the official launch of the 31st year of the prestigious competition when it was announced that current World Club champions Corinthians of Brazil would be sending their Under-17 team to compete in the competition for the very first time.

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The Brazilian side were drawn in Group 3 of the Premier competition alongside CSKA Moscow, before Rodgers drew Bohs in the same group. County Londonderry/Derry were also drawn in Group 3.

Speaking after the draw, Under-17s manager Giles said: “What a fantastic group. It’s a massive challenge for our players but who wouldn’t want the opportunity to play against players from clubs like that?”

Senior manager Aaron Callaghan says it’s not a group for the lads to feel daunted by.

“Everyone should be excited by this draw. Its a huge experience playing against players from other cultures and different styles of play and I’m really looking forward to attending these games.”

And Head of Player Development & Recruitment Fallon also believes it’s a great challenge for the players, adding: “There is no greater incentive for any player than having the opportunity to measure themselves against some of the best players in the world.

“Participating in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup is a very important step on our new pathway of player development and this will be an experience that our lads will remember for the rest of their lives.”

A fixture list that includes: Bohemian FC v Corinthians and Bohemian FC v CSKA Moscow is something for everyone at the club to forward to!

The Milk Cup runs from July 28th to August 2nd 2013 and venues/times for games will be confirmed soon.

TOUGH DRAW IN MILK CUP

Bohemians have been handed a tough draw in this summer’s Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Bohemians are competing in the Premier Section (Under-16) of the prestigious competition, which runs from July 28th to August 2nd.

The draw, conducted by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and player Raheem Sterling, saw Bohs paired with CSKA Moscow (Russia), Corinthians (Brazil) and County Londonderry (Northern Ireland).

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PREMIER SECTION: Group One - Vendee FC, Cruz Azul, Cherry Orchard, Co. Down. Group Two - Otago, Club America de Mexico, Co. Tyrone, Co. Fermanagh. Group Three - CSKA Moscow, SC Corinthians, BOHEMIANS, Co. Londonderry. Group Four - Newcastle Utd, O’Higgins FC (Chile), Liverpool, Co. Armagh. Group Five - TUS Altenberge, Strikers FC, Manchester Utd, Co. Antrim.

JUNIOR SECTION: Group One - Plymouth Argyle, Strikers FC, Japan FA, Co. Fermanagh. Group Two - Brentford FC, Barcelona Sporting de Ecuador, Co. Londonderry, Co Antrim. Group Three - Watford FC, Colina (Chile), North Dublin SL, Co. Down. Group Four - Southampton, Liverpool, Cavan & Monaghan League, Co. Tyrone. Group Five - Swindon Town, Everton, Dundalk SL, Co. Armagh.

SCHOOL’S OUT

Bohemian FC under-15 and under-17 players are getting a taste of life as full-time footballers, as they take part in elite training camps during the Easter school holidays.

These camps are the latest development in the club’s youth development strategy and are organised in association with Swan Leisure Centre, Rathmines, official partner of the Bohemian Youth Academy.

The players in these squads are training through their Easter holidays from 10am to 5pm daily, taking part in sessions covering Strength and Conditioning, Core Work, Pool Work, Endurance and Power training, Recovery, Nutrition and Hydration seminars, Motivation and Improvisation seminars, Video analysis and tactical work.

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This initiative is a key component of the club’s new youth philosophy which aims to facilitate every Bohemian FC player to reach his own potential – whatever level of football that takes him to.

“There is a perception out there that players need to be in England by their mid-teens if they are going to make it as a professional footballer,” said Lisa Fallon, Head of Player Development and Recruitment at Bohemian FC.

“But many players come back due to home sickness and not being able to adapt to living away from friends and family and often that experience kills the game for them.

“We want to show that players can stay here in their home environment, finish their education and also receive elite level training so they are not missing out.”

Lack of money is no longer an excuse for clubs to stay away from strong and progressive youth development policies, according to Fallon.

“Our players are getting top-quality coaching and it’s costing the club nothing, just some time and energy, a bit of initiative and the commitment to make it happen,” she said.

Gavin Finn, Operations Manager at Swan Leisure Centre, said: “We have managed to break down the barrier of lacking facilities and professional training and provide low-budget organisations with elite training.

“We are delighted to be able to work with Bohemian FC and provide access to our top-level facilities and staff expertise. It’s an exciting initiative to be part of and we are looking forward to proving in the long term that with access to elite training and facilities, we can produce top-level athletes who can compete at international level.”

The players are eating healthily and are properly fuelled and hydrated for the training thanks to Superquinn in Walkinstown who are providing food and drink, free of charge, a “huge contribution” according to Fallon.

“People just bought into it straight away and Superquinn asked me, what do I need? The lads are getting healthy breakfasts, hot meals at lunch-time and snacks to sustain them during morning and afternoon sessions,” she said..
“Grassroots football is crucial to the future of the game here and we just have to take it seriously. If there’s no money then we have to find other ways of making things happen.”

EASTER CAMP FOR KIDS

Bohemians players will be hosting a five-day Easter Coaching Camp for kids, running from Monday March 25th to Friday March 29th.

Senior players such as captain/assistant manager Owen Heary will in attendance to help schoolboys/schoolgirls aged four upwards hone their skills.

The camp, which costs just €25, will take place from 10am to 12pm Monday to Friday and will be held in the new Inspire Fitness Centre Cabra Astro pitches (Ratoath Road).

For more information, contact owen@bohemians.ie.

View map of Inspire Fitness Centre Cabra.

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