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


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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Corporate Teambuilding Days and Family Fun Days

We are delighted to announce our new Corporate Teambuilding Days and Family Fun Days services.  Located 15 minutes from Dublin airport, Gormanston Park and sits on 110 acres and is famous for its beauty and parkland setting.  Our location is ideal for corporate teambuilding days Family Fun Days and large gatherings. We have teamed up with  adventure.ie  the Award Winning Adventure Company  to create  a fun filled day for all to remember.  A marquee is available on request and can be located  with the backdrop of the Castle.

We have just recently renovated our bedrooms and can accommodate up to 340 people in various style bedrooms. Our state of the art kitchen was  completed in early January and we have two fully trained chefs on site.   The Dining Hall  can facilitate up to 350 people.

Gormanston Park is a new partnership with the Franciscans and IMAC and is home to Aras Preston Irelands largest indoor sports arena with 4 full size basketball courts.  We also have 9 playing pitches which include Rugby, Soccer & GAA in addition to 18 hole Footgolf.

Please CONTACT US in relation to any additional information on our facilities I look forward to hearing from you in the future



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Sport is good for children

Why is sport good for children?

Physical education and sport can have a big educational impact. Changes can be seen in both motor skills development and performance and overall educational potential. Through participation in sport ad physical education, young people learn about the importance of values such as

  • Honesty
  • Teamwork
  • Fair Play
  • Respect for themselves & others
  • Discipline

It also helps children to develop skills to help them cope with competition, winning and losing. There is also a huge amount of evidence which show that sport and exercise have a positive effect on physical health, growth and development.

Sport is an appealing activity for young people, and is often used as a way to encourage children and young people into health and education programmes.
Some programmes aim to promote and develop other aspects of education such as school attendance and leadership.

In Ireland today 1 in every 4 children is overweight or obese, and physical education and exercise is one way to combat this ever growing problem.

According to Safefood EU 4 out of 5 children in the Republic of Ireland and 3 out of 4 children in Northern Ireland do not meet Government Physical Activity Guidelines of at least 60 minutes per day for school aged children. The benefits of regular physical activity includes

  • Agility, balance and co-ordination
  • Improved self esteem & mood
  • Better energy levels
  • Better sleep quality
Some Key Pointers for Parents
  • Replace screen time with active games
  • Build activity into everyday routines
  • Get involved and get active
  • Build it up over the day
Gormanston Park is the ideal venue for Sports Training with GAA, Rugby, Soccer and Indoor Facilities. We have a huge range of playing pitches, Irelands largest indoor sports complex, large & small group accommodation and catering facilities.

Contact us today to find out what we can offer to your team!

Why Sport is Good for Children

Source: http://www.safefood.eu/Childhood-Obesity/Facts.aspx 

Why Team Building is good for you

Is Team building good for you?

Team Building is an ongoing process that helps a work group to evolve into a unit which gels together well. The team members only share expectations for accomplishing group tasks, while building trust and support with one another and respecting each other’s individual differences.

Why do companies and organisations need team building?

Team building exercise are great not just for the immediate satisfaction of the activities performed by the teams. But mores for the longer term benefit of developing group bonds, skills and communication.
Whether the activity is an obstacle course to a food eating challenge, individuals all contribute to a common goal, in a fun or energetic way. The success of most companies and organisations depends on the ability of individuals to build effective teams.
Increasing productivity and motivation is a main goal of team building. When employees or teams are taken out of the usual office environment barriers start to get broken down with distractions eliminated and everyone having fun.

Benefits of Team Building

• Improved morale and leadership skill development
• Breaks down the barriers to creativity
• Opportunity to clearly define goals & objectives
• Processes and procedures can be improved
• Improves production within the organisation
• Team strengths and weaknesses can be identified and solutions engaged
• Improves the ability to problem solve as teams work together better

Ideal location for Team Building

Gormanston Park is ideal location for Team Building and short stay team bonding ventures. Situated just off the M1 motorway near Dublin, on a scenic 110 acre parkland site we offer affordable group accommodation for groups throughout the year. We have a wide variety of sports facilities on site including a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, indoor sports complex, 18-hole footgolf course and a range of playing pitches.
Gormanston Park was originally built as a boarding school and part of the site still operates as a day time only secondary school. We have a range of budget driven accommodation with single rooms, doubles and dormitories, all ensuite. We provide catered facilities in our canteen and the 14th century castle which is attached to the main building offers organisations the opportunity to dine in an eloquent banquet room in one of its many banquet halls.

Contact Us Today to enquire about using our venue for your Team Building requirements.

Basketball Ireland Summer Camp

This weekend saw the Basketball Ireland National summer camp get under way with over 200 players from around the country coming to Gormanston Park.

The Basketball Ireland National Camp at Gormanston Park is the longest running basketball camp in Ireland and has seen some of the country’s best ever players come through its ranks. This coming summer will mark the 44th year of the camp and it is going as strong as ever with the best coaches from home and abroad attending annually to divulge their knowledge with hundreds of future stars.

The players will stay in our newly refurbished rooms, where they will have access to WiFi, shower facilities and a TV room in which they can relax after a hard days training. If they have any energy left, they will also be able to enjoy a round of Footgolf on our newly installed course. Our Basketball courts have also recently been refurbished which will only add to the already fantastic experience.

Irish Athletics

Gormanston Park’s long history with athletics continued recently when we welcomed the Irish athletics team for a training camp. To put that into perspective; Gormanston College currently rank 11th in the all-time records with 65 gold medals at national level.

The athletics team lead by the very experienced Steve Mackin and Joe Ryan were taking part in an intense training camp to whip these Irish athletes into shape. Their training included full use of all our track and field facilities (i.e. our 400m cinder running track, long jump and shot putt cages), gym and playing pitches.

The athletes also stayed in our modern accommodation and while they enjoyed nutritious catered food to aid their training. They were able to relax in our green room at night, equipped with a 65” TV and numerous channels, as well as free WiFi throughout the facility. If they had any energy left over, they could also go for a round of footgolf to pass the evening.

Best of luck in the future and we can already tell Irish athletics has a bright future.

Gormanston Park Footgolf Tournament

Gormanston Park recently held its first ever Footgolf tournament. When we saw how popular footgolf was becoming we knew we had to hold a tournament especially as the rivalry amongst staff was escalating. We linked up with Ronan Cunningham over at the Irish Footgolf Association (IFGA) and joined the tour.

In treacherous conditions on the 7th of May the day finally arrived. You could have been fooled into thinking it was a winters morning and not the beginning of Summer. That’s Ireland for you! However, the wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the 23 hopeful players who turned up to represent their respective clubs and counties.

Gormanston Park also had its newly formed team consisting of Aaron, Dan, Conor and Graham; inexperienced yet quietly confident. The first big obstacle was the first kick over the river which was bursting at the seams from all the rain. Thankfully everybody managed to clear the river as it was a bit cold for a swim. As the day went on, the weather didn’t let up but that didn’t stop the lads from putting in some fantastic performances. Although the famous hole 12, a forty-yard kick over the river did catch out some ambitious players, luckily we had fishing net.

Fantastic Footgolf

At the end of the day the scores were added up. It was a three-way tie at -8. This only meant one thing, PLAYOFF! It was decided the 17th hole would be played again. The first two tee offs were sliced and went into the rough. The cold weather was really taking its toll. Up third was Cathal Jenkinson, calm as you like, he played a safe kick straight down the fairway. Followed by a fantastic second kick to land on the green, leaving the other players needing a miracle to win. With the crowd looking on eagerly, Cathal sunk the ball for a birdie. He pumped the air with his fist, he had just won the first Gormanston Park footgolf open and what a way to do it! Congratulations Cathal and thanks to everybody who took part.

We can’t wait to host more competitions in the future and hopefully win some along the way.

Cathal - winner Footgolf

1976 Class Reunion