CCWFC and CWSSL announce U18 Academy

Cork City Women’s FC are delighted to announce the launch of a formal U18 Academy in association with Cork Women’s and Schoolgirls Soccer League.

Photograph: Chris O’Mahony, Matt Robinson, Aine O’Donovan, Ciara McNamara, Kate O’Donovan, Shannon Carson, Charlie Lynch and Mossie O’Donovan (Credit: Pat Healy)

The Leeside club has been working to set-up this venture since the beginning of the season, and from January 31st a new Academy aimed at players between the ages of 16 and 18 will begin. The Academy is open to all players who fit the age range – with no restrictions in terms of selection. Registration will close January 28th and any players interested in attending are urged to contact the club directly or email info@corkcitywomensfc.com for further details.

The Academy will take place on Saturday mornings from 11.30 to 13.00 in Bishopstown Stadium, Curraheen and will cost €60 per player. The price includes a training jersey and training top from CCWFC. Commenting on the launch Mossie O’Donovan, chairman of the Cork Women’s and Schoolgirls Soccer League, said: “We already have a number of initiatives going so to take it a step further and form a link with Cork City W.F.C. can only be to the benefit of CCWSL as well.

“We view this in keeping with our vision of being an all-inclusive environment for girls of all abilities that fit into the age category who should be encouraged to come along. Once you’re old enough, you’re able to play.”

Charlie Lynch, the Cork City W.F.C. manager and Academy Head Coach, added: “It’s an idea that I floated last season when I was with the Cork League but which has taken a little time to come to fruition. I started academies at U11 age group and I’ve wanted to bring them right through to the U18 level.

“This is a great opportunity for Cork City to put back into the local football and really help to develop Cork football as a whole, while keeping players focused and interested in the game. The academy is open to all girls over 16 and under 18 who want to come in, there’s no restrictions or selections. If you’re in the age bracket, you will be welcome.”

Cork City W.F.C. will resume the Women’s National League season this Sunday, 25th January, when they travel to take on league leaders Wexford Youths in Ferrycarrig Park at 2pm.

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