Northend plans for new season taking shape

Northend United Youth coaches John Devlin and Brian O'Hara (front row) were among 100 NI coaches to receive  a coaching master class from Ajax Cape Town Football Academy Director Corn� Groenendijk recently. Also included are Joe Doherty, Irish FA Regional Grassroots Development Officer, John McCollum, McDonalds Franchisee.

Northend United Youth coaches John Devlin and Brian O'Hara (front row) were among 100 NI coaches to receive a coaching master class from Ajax Cape Town Football Academy Director Corn� Groenendijk recently. Also included are Joe Doherty, Irish FA Regional Grassroots Development Officer, John McCollum, McDonalds Franchisee.

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Northend United Youth’s partnership with Wakehurst took another step forward at the weekend, ahead of the new season.

Wakehurst under-17s made their debuts on Friday night in a game billed as a pre-season friendly against the Championship Two club’s second string, Wakehurst Strollers.

Unknown to the young U17s players, first team manager Paul Muir and his assistant Neil Candlish had invited along a number of trialists for Wakehurst 1st team and Strollers Manager Jason Connolly was parading a number of his new signings.

In a taste of what is to come with the Irish League side, U17s manager Stephen White saw his young team put in a top performance and had himself a number of trialists with his talented side.

A strengthened U17 team are looking forward to the new season in what should see them challenging for honours in their league.

The U17s continue their pre-season this week with another match against Saturday morning league side Wakehurst Star.

PRE-SEASON PLANS CONTINUE

Fielding no less than fourteen youth teams for the incoming football season, ranging in age from U8 to U17, all the Northend United teams are looking forward to getting back to pre-season training which will start week commencing Monday 4th August at the Ballymena Showgrounds Complex.

With a number of additions already to each of the teams, following a series of successful Open nights, all at Wakehurst Academy Club are looking forward to a super season ahead.

COACH DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

Are you an ambitious individual, male or female, who is interested in taking the first step onto the football coaching ladder? If so, then Northend United is the Club for you.

Northend is on the lookout for new talented coaches to join us on our journey to coaching excellence. The Club will provide opportunities to attain formal coaching qualifications through the IFA and Coerver Coaching.