Official Liverpool Youth Academy Visits Magee

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Hot on the heels of the visit of former Liverpool legend, Ian Rush, to Derry, the official Liverpool International Football Academy will arrive at the Magee Campus of the University of Ulster next month.

Led by the club’s official Academy Coaching Staff, the Anfield club will spend three days in Derry - from Tuesday, August 2nd to Thursday, August 4th - based at the Magee pitches in Duncreggan Road.

The coaching sessions, labelled “Play The Liverpool Way,” will be led by Liverpool FC Academy Coaching Staff where those involved will be introduced to and put through the various drills and skills practised by the senior players.

The courses are open to and directed at children aged between 5 years and 14 years, players of all abilities, from beginners to superstars!

The cost of the course is £100 for the three days, which includes a gift. The course commences at 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2nd, finishing at 3.30 p.m., however, on Wednesday and Thursday, the course gets underway at 9.30 p.m. continuing until 3.30 p.m.

Children are advised to bring a packed lunch as there will be two breaks during each session, one for 15 minutes and another, at lunchtime, lasting 45 minutes.

Parents are also involved to be in attendance, but only during the final hour of coaching on each of the three days.

Those interested in taking part must book their places through the official Liverpool Soccer Schools’ webside on: www.liverpoolfc.tv/soccerschools

The courses have been organised in conjunction with, and supported by the children’s charity, “Happy Children.”

Gold for Cockhill Athlete

in ‘All-Irelands’

Inishowen Athletics Club member, Fergus Cox, was crowned the All-Ireland U-14 boys javelin champion on Sunday last with a magnificent throw of 37.47 m.

The Cockhill native made the long journey to Tullamore in Co. Offaly with his dad and coach, Paddy on Saturday and had almost five metres to spare over silver medalist, Sean Glasheen, from Tipperary.

Fergus traveled to Offlay as the reigning Ulster champion, having won the provincial title in Antrim just a few weeks earlier with a best of 38.14m. This is his second national title in the throwing events, having scooped gold in the under-12 ball throw three years ago.

In other events in Tullamore, Conor Hession just missed a medal by 5 seconds in the U-19 boys 3,000m, finishing 4th in 9.42.59 mins. Patrick Mathews had a gallant run in the under 18 boys 3000m, finishing 10th in 10 minutes 00.80 seconds.

Eadaoin O’ Raw had a very promising performance in the under-12 girls shot, finishing 6th with a best of 7.06m while Pat Loughrey secured 13th place in the under-12 boys’ long jump with 3.79m.