Bohemian Football Club is delighted to confirm Hartstown Huntstown Football Club as affiliate club partners.

The arrangement will see Hartstown Huntstown join with five clubs previously announced as affiliates – Belvedere FC, Castleknock Celtic FC, Phoenix AFC, St Kevin’s FC and Swords Celtic FC – under our new academy model which began this year.

Hartstown Huntstown chairman and co-founder Tony Lawless said: “We are delighted and honoured to become an affiliate with Bohemian FC.

“Our values in terms of community, player and coach development are very much aligned. Our club is only 12 years in existence this year, and this is a strategic affiliation that undoubtedly brings our club on to the next level as we continue to grow.”

Hartstown Huntstown Director of Coaching John Byrne said: “Following on from our Club Mark – One Star Award from the Football Association of Ireland earlier this week, for our club, this is a natural next step. Working with Craig Sexton and Pat Fenlon to bring this affiliation to fruition has been seamless.

“We share very similar values including our club ethos centred around player and coach development. It gives our players a potential pathway into League of Ireland football, it provides our coaches with the opportunity to learn from and have access to League of Ireland coaches.

“It’s a win-win all round. We look forward to developing the affiliation and ensuring that it is a huge success over the coming years.”

Bohemian FC Head of Academy Craig Sexton said: “Our new affiliate club model for the academy is only in its infancy but we are already seeing the benefits both for Bohemians and for all the clubs we have partnered with so far.

“We are already building strong foundations and player pathways with the clubs we our affiliate partners, so we are therefore absolutely delighted that Hartstown Huntstown have agreed to come on board to be a part of that.

“It is a really exciting time for player development in this country and we are really looking forward to working closely with Hartstown Huntstown on club, coach and player developments long into the future.”

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