OFFICIALS and members of league and cup double champions Killarney Celtic are enthusiastically embracing the 20×20 charter initiative which aims to increase the visibility of and participation by players and coaches in the female section of the club during the year.
The project will also actively promote and increase the attendance for the female teams in the club and Celtic joins over 300 clubs in 23 sports to have signed up.
The club will fly the 20×20 member flag at all events at its grounds in Dereen, the charter will be displayed in the clubhouse and the logo will appear on the club’s social media sites.
Club chairman Paul Sherry said Killarney Celtic is very proud that almost 30 per cent of the playing membership of the club is in the female section and the plan is to continue to grow this section in the coming years.
“Our girls start in the Soccer Tots programme and then we have 17 girls in our Academy, over 100 girls on our teams from under 10 to under 17 well as having 10 girls in our Football for All section.
“The club also has a number of very dedicated coaches who work with the girls to ensure that they enjoy and learn the game and are given the opportunity to play at their highest level,” he said.
The coaches are fully garda vetted and qualified to various levels on the FAI Coach Education pathway.
“On the competitive side one of our greatest days came in 2013 when our under 14s were crowned Women’s FAI Munster Champions defeating Holly hill from Cork 3-1. We also reached the national under 12 girls’ cup final in 2018 losing out to Mervue United from Galway with a last minute goal,” Paul sherry reflected.
The club has built up a very good relationship with Cork City women’s side who visited Celtic Park on a number of occasions to conduct training sessions.
As well as this a number of Celtic players train with Cork City’s Academy and the club also has girls attending the FAI Regional Centre of Excellence in Limerick.
“Our main focus is on developing the girls by teaching them the skills of the game and the enjoyment that can be found by being part of a team,” Paul added.
Killarney Celtic invites girls of all ages to attend training and messages with any queries can be left on 083-8392059 and they will be responded to.
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