Gormanston Park partners with Celtic Football Club Elite Players

CELTIC Soccer Academy’s popular Elite Player Programme will return to Ireland this summer, giving partner clubs from across the country the opportunity to showcase their best players at a three-day residential camp.

Following the success of last year’s Elite event in Dublin, the Academy are now heading here to Gormanston Park in County Meath from Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 2 with places available to book now for €299 per player.

The Elite Player Programme is exclusively open to players from Celtic’s International Partner Clubs in Ireland and Northern Ireland with around 25 clubs expected to be represented.

The three-day programme offers:

– Over 10 hours of field time with our pro-youth Academy coaches in training, small-sided games and 11-a-side environments.

– Presentations from keynote speakers from Celtic Football Club with a focus on what it takes for our young players to make it into the first-team.

– Exclusive insights into Celtic’s Youth Academy set-up.

– Classroom meetings with club coaches in a small-group setting.

– Professional analysis and one-to-one feedback from Celtic Soccer Academy’s coaching team.

The young players in attendance will be put through their paces in a series of coaching sessions, small-sided games and training drills across the weekend, with the ultimate goal of winning a place to train at Celtic’s Youth Academy for seven days.

The best performers over the weekend will be invited to spend an all-expenses-paid week as part of the club’s youth set-up – the perfect opportunity for any young player who aspires to play for the Hoops.

Gormanston Park, the new venue for Celtic’s Elite Player Programme in Ireland, is a newly renovated sports leisure event facility providing fully catered group accommodation on the Dublin/Meath border, just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport.

General Manager Liz Cunningham expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming event by saying: “All the management and staff at Gormanston Park welcome Celtic’s Elite Player event in June 2017. With Celtic Football Club’s huge and loyal following in Ireland, we couldn’t be more proud to have Gormanston Park chosen as their base for the next three years.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young Irish players to avail of the unique skills and experience that Celtic Football Club have and Gormanston Park are delighted to have helped facilitate this.

“We are looking forward to a very successful three years with Celtic Soccer Academy at Gormanston Park and hope it will be the beginning of a long and rewarding partnership for both parties”.

To find out more about CFC’s International Partnership opportunities in Ireland or to book, please contact Barry Rodgers at b.rodgers@celticfc.co.uk

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Gormanston Park a new fully refurbished facility specialising in fully catered group accommodation, sports leisure event and conference facilities, located on a beautiful 110-acre parkland site on the Dublin Meath border just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport.

We are delighted to partner with Celtic Football Club Elite Players Event for use of the facilities for the next 3 years. The players will avail of the newly refurbished dorm room accommodation at Gormanston Park. The rooms contain 3 hostel style bunk beds. Each bunk bed is fitted with a personal reading light, 2 plug sockets and 2 USB ports which allow players to charge electronic devices. Each dorm room is fitted with WI – Fi. Players will have storage space for suitcases in storage baskets beneath each bunk. Meals are prepared by our dedicated team at Gormanston Park using only the freshest Irish produce available, prepared by our two fully trained chefs.

Celtic Football Club will utilise 3 full size soccer pitches and additional pitches will be available on the 110-acre parkland site. Gormanston Park is home to the Aras Preston sports complex, Ireland’s largest indoor sports arena, here players can avail of court time in the evenings taking part in a wide variety of activities including basketball, indoor soccer, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, squash and handball. Gormanston Park also holds host to one of Ireland’s most recognised Foot Golf courses, 9 holes of fun and laughter that can be enjoyed by all the players.

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