Thats a wrap

Last Saturday we wrapped up our academy sessions for 2023 with a visit from the big man in the red suit, Santa Claus himself. Huge excitement among all the kids and some of the adults. We return in the new year.

Dixie Dribblers

Big well done to this week’s Dixie Dribblers Academy Player of the Week winners, Óisín D and Orlaith O’H. Big numbers again this morning in cold but dry conditions. As always, big thank you to all our academy coaches for their time and effort.

Mooncoin Celtic Academy kicks off

Sun shining on a Saturday morning in early October and our ever growing academy restarted under a new title with the late Tom ‘Dixie’ Conway being remembered with the new name of Mooncoin Celtic Dixie Dribbers Academy and being kindly being sponsored by Blanchfields Centra, Hr Delahunty Solicitors and Watmór Construction and Civil Ltd.
Tom ‘Dixie’ Conway was one of the men who kickstarted schoolboys soccer in the club back in the 70s and put huge hours in to providing soccer for so many kids in our club. The club were delighted when the Conway family gave the OK for honouring Tom in such a manner. His son Brendan and daughter Jacqueline were present this morning to mark the occasion with a nice few photos. Great fun was had for the hour with happy faces going home. Our two player of the week winners Tomás D and Cathal W were presented with their trophies by new academy Co-ordinator Celina Kinsella who had things running very smoothly throughout. Big thank you to all that helped this morning and we look forward to seeing all the stars of our Dixie Dribblers Academy next week.

Mooncoin Celtic Soccer Marathon 2023

Last Sunday we held our annual soccer marathon which was followed by our end of season awards. A big crowd came through our new gates and enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon with plenty of fun had among coaches and players in all games and cross bar challenges. We finished with our player of the year awards for season 2022 /2023. A big thanks to everyone that helped set up for the day, Wild Willow Coffee Trailer for pitching up for the day and our two chefs Adam Cunningham and Mark Quinn for running the BBQ. Thanks must go to Mondo’s Takeaway for sponsoring our crossbar challenge prizes. Final thanks goes to everyone that sponsored our Soccer Marathon, it was very much appreciated.

Academy u8s and u9s playing with smiles today

The weather may have stopped all schoolboys fixtures today but not our u8 and u9 boys.

Carrick United were hosts this morning for a bundle of games with plenty goals, saves, tackles, a few tears and plenty smiles afterwards.

Massive thanks to Keith, Philip and all Carrick coaches and also our own coaching team. 👏👏👏

Academy under lights in Suir Crescent

Our academy boys and girls moved under the lights in Suir Crescent for this week and continue to show great improvements.

We would not be able to accommodate our 60-70 kids weekly without the dedication of our academy coaches who help nurture our young players. 👏👏👏👏👏 To all our coaches, young and not so young.

League of Ireland Academy kicks off this weekend

The League of Ireland Academy programme was launched today and officially kicks off on Saturday, with local man Daniel Ponce de Leon taking part given he recently signed from Mooncoin Celtic to the Waterford FC U14 academy.

We will be watching out for Daniel in the next few weeks and months, as he gets to play Bohemians of Dublin, Wexford FC, Shamrock Rovers, Cork and many other national teams across the county.

We wish him and his team the very best of luck in the new 2023 LOI Academy season.