St Michael’s FC in Tipperary town hosted a very successful annual Fai Summer School from July Monday 23 to Friday July 27. Eighty-five children, boys and girls between 6 and 14 years of age enjoyed a fun week playing all sorts of games and learning new skills. Coaches came from Clonmel and Cahir and Chloe Hickey from Tipperary Town was also onboard.
Declan Hogan, (Coach & PRO) spoke about the how successful the week was. “The summer school helps to promote the game of soccer and gives the kids an opportunity to learn about the game and develop their skills. This year St Michael’s was one of the few soccer camps whereby our numbers increased at least 15% on last year in comparison to other clubs in Tipperary who had a drop in numbers as much as 40%.”
St. Michael’s is gaining a solid reputation in the development of young players who are proceeding to international levels for the Irish Soccer team.
Mark Hoban started playing with St Michael’s AFC when he was 6-years old and this year he was capped in Austria, when Ireland U-15 went to play Austria in April 2012.
At present, as a member of the Under 16 International team, he is training in Dublin for the International tournament coming up in Galway on August 7, and St. Michael’s were delighted when he took some time out last week to visit the summer club.
Another rising hopeful is Adam Dunne, from Tipperary Town, who plays for U-11 St Michaels. Just recently he went for trials and has been selected to go to Switzerland to play for Ireland’s Medtronic Junior World cup. On Saturday 23 June, over eighty children with Type 1 diabetes between 8 and 12 years of age gathered in Dalymount Park to take part in trials. Organised by Diabetes Ireland, players and youth coaches from Bohemians FC helped Sean Francis, former League of Ireland footballer, to facilitate trials on the day. Adam Dunne was selected for the U12 team World cup for diabetics with 14 countries taking part in Switzerland. The tournament will be held in the Olympic Stadium in Lausanne, which will host more than 150 children over the weekend. The players will have the opportunity to meet children with Type 1 diabetes from a range of other countries, meet sporting celebrities with diabetes and most importantly learn how to manage their condition in a competitive environment. The Diabetes Junior Cup, organised by Medtronic, was started in 2007 and this is the first time an Irish national team will be represented. Diabetes Ireland wants to make this an annual event and provide this opportunity to Irish children with Type 1 diabetes every year. For those chosen, it will be one of the biggest and most exciting events of their lives.
The Nationalist spoke to his mother, Veronica O’Dwyer Dunne about the great news.
“We are absolutely so proud of him and he deserves it because he always has a ball in hand and is playing sport. Adam started playing soccer when he was 3-4 years of age so all his hard work and practise has paid off.” Adam, a talented sportsman also plays Rugby with Clanwilliam GAA with Arravale rovers.
Adam joins the other successful players from St. Michaels who have developed into International players: Shane Long, Gary Frewen, Daniel Fowler and Timmy Kiely.
“We are delighted for Adam,” said PRO for the club Declan Hogan. “Last week we had our AGM and we feel very proud because although we are perceived as being a big club in the area, country-wide we are very small and yet the club is getting recognition at International school boy level. Also at the moment we have another one of our players Shane Neville who has gone for U15 trials in Waterford.”
The ethos of St. Michael’s is to nurture young talent and if you’re thinking of playing soccer the club will be back in training in the next couple of weeks. The club is holding a registration night on August, 7, 8, 9 & 10 at 7pm. Telephone Declan on: 087 747 6520 for any enquiries.