Ardee Celtic cap a defining season with awards night for youngsters

Ardee Celtic brought the curtain down on the 2011-2012 season with their recent annual underage presentation night.

Ardee Celtic brought the curtain down on the 2011-2012 season with their recent annual underage presentation night.

This season’s underage Players of the Year were Cillian Taaffe, Eoin Rogers, Harry Butterly, Jamie Ward, Dean Burns, Robert Lambe, Darragh Carroll, Conor Watters, Josh Curtis, Tommy Duff, Ciaran Slevin, Aaron Devlin, Josh Martin, Tommy Molloy, James Carraher, Josh Bishun, Glen Matthews, Callum Duffy and Daire Shevlin. Well done to each and all!

The club would like to thank all its players, parents, coaches and sponsors for their participation and support over the season. Thanks to DB Sports who sponsored this year’s awards.

Particular mentions must go to our U9 team who won the Drogheda SL Cup; our U18s who won the U18 Dundalk SL Premier League; our U15s who finished League runners-up and our U11s who reached the last 16 in the SFAI National Cup.

Well done too, to all the players involved with their League representative squads; the U14 players who were at the recent Kennedy Cup and U15 and U12 players who will be in action in the coming weeks in the Milk Cup and Umbro Cup.

Last season proved to be one of the busiest that the club has experienced to date with many note worthy events coinciding with the club’s 20th anniversary. Over the course of the season the club launched a number of exciting initiatives including a junior academy for U6s and U7s, a goalkeeping academy, summer camps, a parents committee, a club newsletter, facebook and twitter accounts, and a new club website

Early on in the season the club were honoured to provide ball boys and girls at the Ireland international matches against Slovakia and Estonia in the Aviva Stadium.

It was a great experience for the young players concerned and for all the players from the club who availed of bus trips to international matches at the Aviva that the club ran in conjunction with the FAI’s Club Initiative Scheme.

Over the Easter Holidays a panel of 27 players (U14-U16) embarked on the four-day trip to Manchester which incorporated a series of four friendly matches, a trip to the Reebok Stadium to see Bolton play Fulham, a seminar with a Sports Psychologist and a memorable training session with Manchester City’s Academy coaches.

On the recent May Bank Holiday weekend, the club held the official opening of their Townparks grounds and clubhouse.

The impressive facilities at the club were developed in a number of staged phases over the last 10 years thanks to the dedication of committed club members and the support of the surrounding community.

It was a very proud occasion when the FAI’s CEO John Delaney visited the club to officially open the facilities.

Ardee Celtic also picked up the FAI Aviva Club of the Month Award for April 2012 in recognition of the work undertaken at the club. As part of the award, a promotional video of the club was shot and can be now viewed on Youtube or on the club’s website.

Ardee Celtic are delighted to be in contention for the Club of the Year Award, alongside the other seven monthly award winners which will be announced this coming Friday at the FAI AGM in Letterkenny.

With the 2012-2013 season just around the corner, the club are readying themselves for another busy season. Trials at all age levels start are now up and running.

The club are also looking to launch a number of girls teams to enter the NECSL’s new Girls Leagues at U8, U10, U12, U14, and U16 age levels.

Any boys or girls interested in registering for next season are very welcome. For further information contact Secretary Paddy Griffin on 083-4280126.