The Nagle Community College & Cork City Football Club (FC) Academy was officially launched today by Noel King, Manager of Ireland Under-21 Men’s.
The Academy is a unique partnership providing senior cycle students of Nagle Community College with the opportunity to combine education and elite football skills.
Commenting at the launch Ted Owens, Chief Executive of Cork Education and Training Board commented: “The Nagle Community College & Cork City FC Academy will be the first of its kind in Cork and will help identify and develop talented young players in the region.
The academy programmes offers students the opportunity to broaden their educational learning while participating in a fully comprehensive training and playing programme.”
Nagle Community College Principal Ronan McCarthy added: “Nagle Community College has a long tradition of success in schools competitions and has produced incredible footballers in the past including Alan Browne and Gearoid Morrissey, both of whom have gone on to play professional football. This is a fantastic opportunity for senior cycle students enrolled at Nagle Community College and we are absolutely delighted to partner with Cork City FC on this.”
Noel King, Manager of Ireland Under-21 Men’s officially launched the academy in Cork today. Speaking at the event he said: “I am delighted to launch this exciting new partnership. The development of young Irish players is of great importance to the fortunes of the game, both domestically and internationally, and a partnership such as this can only serve to give more opportunities to players to develop, both from a football point of view and in terms of their education. I would like to wish all involved the very best of luck, and look forward to monitoring the progress of players as they make their way through this academy.”
Cork City FC was founded in Cork and elected to the league in 1984 and was one of the first clubs in Ireland to field a team of professional footballers.
“All at Cork City Football Club are delighted with this new venture. As a club run for the community and owned by the community, we firmly believe in giving young, local talent the very best opportunities that we can. Cork has a long history of producing exceptionally talented young players, and I believe this academy will only serve to further improve on that. We also believe strongly in giving players the opportunity to be the best that they can be off the pitch, as well as on the pitch, and in encouraging them to further their education. This partnership will give students the opportunity to develop all of the skills that they will need, both in the classroom and on the football pitch,” said John Caulfield, Manager, Cork City FC.