FOOTBALL: Don Bosco's join forces with Celtic
DON BOSCO'S have forged an exciting long term partnership with Scottish Premier League giants, Celtic FC after the local youth football club was added to the SPL champions' ever growing International Club Partnership Programme this week.
The partnership will involve the sharing of club methodologies, coach education, coaching camps and it will also present the Skeoge Road based outfit with the opportunity to visit Celtic Park and experience what life is like for an academy player at the famous club.
As part of the prestigious programme, Don Bosco’s will get the opportunity to take stadium tours and attend first team home matches and take in the history of Celtic Football Club.
Don Bosco’s, whose home is at the CK Centre in the Skeoge Road Industrial Estate, will also have the chance to send their coaches to Celtic Football Club to attend the renowned International Coaches Convention in Glasgow and receive a behind the scenes look at how Celtic develops young players to reach their potential.
Don Bosco’s currently boasts a membership of 215 junior players and their hard work and dedication within the area of Derry was a major factor in the Celtic Soccer Academy choosing them as their newest club partner.
Martin Crumley, Vice Chairperson at the club said the Committee were delighted with the new venture: “We, as a club, are really looking forward to the partnership between Celtic and Don Bosco’s, “ he said.
“Along with the obvious experience and ethical principles that Celtic FC will bring to Don Bosco’s for our members, we are excited to be offering the opportunity to our 2002–2004 players to go to Glasgow to train and experience first-hand Celtic Academy Coaching. “Additionally, some selected members have been invited to the Irish Elite Players programme in Co. Meath this summer. Celtic will be running a summer academy scheme through Don Bosco’s which will be open to all players from all clubs in the Derry area. Further details can be found on our Facebook page in the next fortnight. We have really exciting times ahead!”
Celtic FC’s International Soccer Academy Manager Barry Rodgers added: ‘We are delighted to add Don Bosco’s to our International Club Partnership Programme and it again emphasises our commitment to building relationships across the globe.
“Don Bosco’s are a very ambitious and progressive club and we are looking forward to a long and prosperous partnership with them.”