Following a review of existing youth structures and partnerships, we can confirm that Bohemians are embarking on a new affiliate club model for our academy as we seek to enhance player pathways to first-team football.

The change will see our existing exclusive partnership with St Kevin’s Boys come to an end, and we have today given St Kevin’s 12 months’ notice to that effect as per the terms of our agreement. It is our hope that the clubs will maintain and build on our relationship under the new affiliate model.

This restructure will see Bohemians re-engage with clubs across Dublin and build new relationships with others.

Head of Academy Craig Sexton said: “This is an exciting time for youth football in Ireland and at Bohemians.

“The National Underage Leagues have evolved and grown considerably, and Bohemians are committed to providing the best performing underage environment that facilitates all players to reach their full potential.

“Our exclusive partnership with St Kevin’s has served both clubs well. Working together, it provided an avenue for many talented young players to progress from the academy teams right through to the Bohemians first team and beyond.

“We have had great success stories in developing players in recent years, and that clear pathway from youth football to our first team is now a well-trodden one, and is now a very tangible and obtainable target for aspiring young footballers.

“We firmly believe that a new affiliate club model will only build upon that further, and we hope that St Kevin’s will be a part of that.

“Now is the appropriate time to hone our structures and transition from an exclusive arrangement between two clubs to a wider affiliate model that broadens our base to collaborate with clubs across Dublin and beyond to attract the best young players to our academy.”

Head of Academy Craig Sexton, Youth Director Conor Emerson and the Board of Bohemian Football Club will discuss this new model with the club membership at the upcoming AGM on July 27th.

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