SLIDESHOW: Carniny Youth welcome Sunderland coaches

Carniny Amateur and Youth FC hosted a fantastic two days of coaching provided by Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light coaches last week.

Whilst the Coaching days were aimed primarily at Carniny Youth players from age 5 right up to Under 19 level, the sessions were open to all local players regardless of club and many took up the opportunity with some travelling from Belfast and Coleraine to name a few areas outside the Borough.

Carniny Youth Under 14s who took part in the Sunderland FC  Foundation of Light Programme are seen here with Sunderland FC Early Years specialist Adam Doherty. INBT 36-170CS

Carniny Youth Under 14s who took part in the Sunderland FC Foundation of Light Programme are seen here with Sunderland FC Early Years specialist Adam Doherty. INBT 36-170CS

Over a two day period each age group had a two hour coaching session with the Sunderland based coaches and they also provided a Coach education evening for Carniny Youth coaches on one of the evenings.

This was the first joint venture between the two clubs which started with a Visit for the Under17 squad earlier this year and it looks to have set firm foundations with plans already afoot to bring teams over from Sunderland to play Carniny Youth teams with Carniny players also to be invited across to the next open trial days in the North East.

The club would like to thank Foundation of Light coaches Ian Dipper and Adam Docherty for hosting the coaching sessions, Mid and East Antrim Council for their assistance in hosting the two day event, McIntyre Tools and Equipment as event sponsors, Club sponsors Adair Arms who accommodated the Coaches during their stay, Showgrounds staff for their assistance throughout the two day ad all club coaches who helped out with equipment, especially Simon Boyd and Andy Millar.


With the Sunderland Coaching now behind the club they are concentrating their efforts on the latest session of their Football Development Centre which now incorporates Coerver Coaching methods

The club are delighted to become a partner club of Coerver Coaching Ulster by introducing the popular coaching method into their next Football Development Centre session commencing in September.

The new session will cater for children born in the years 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. The club particularly welcome applications for children born in 2011 and although there may be some spaces available for those born in, 2009 and 2008, but spaces maybe limited.

This is an excellent opportunity for local children who are starting out in football with Coerver Coaching Ulster Director, Austin Speight acting as lead coach at every session with Carniny Coaches also in attendance. The first session will take place over a ten week period (23rd Sept) and will take place at an indoor venue on Monday evenings with ‘games’ days on a Saturday.

If anyone wishes to enrol their child they should contact the club as soon as possible to secure a place. Please contact Linda Boyd on 07788548780. Alternatively contact via email There will be a information meeting with host Coach Austin Speight on Monday 7th Sept for all those enrolling for the sessions.


The new season began last Saturday for the club when the Under14s were in action at Mallusk in the first game of their 2015/16 season in the NIBFA National League at Mallusk. Unfortunately it wasn’t a winning start for Jason Hunter’s boys who lost out to Irish League Academy side, Cliftonville.

The Under10s also enjoyed a night’s football when they player in a mini tournament at the Showgrounds on Friday evening playing against Northend, Antrim Rovers, Larne Youth and Chimney Corner teams.


September 2 - Under-14s v Glentoran Academy (h)

September 4 - Under-17s v COokstown Youth (a)

September 5 - Under-11s TBC; U-12 TBC; U-13 - Greenisland (a); U-14 v BUYA (a); U-15 v Maiden City (h); U-16 v Linfield (a).


As always Carniny are always on the look out for new players and coaches and backroom staff for the club. If any players or potential coaches out there are interested in becoming a part of the club’s set up they are most welcome to make contact. Players will be invited to open training sessions.

Coaches will be progressed through the Irish FA coaching ladder and the club are particularly interested in young enthusiastic coaches starting out on their coaching careers.

Contact Numbers are:

2011-2008 - Linda Boyd 07788548780; 2007 – Scott Wharry 07743308465; 2006 – David Wylie 07749643053; 2005 - Niall Greer 07920095385; 2004 - Davy Hanna 07791297755; 2003 – Darren McGall 07812604932; 2002 - Jason Hunter 07885899290; 2001 - Davy Parker 07835020446; 2000 - Davy Leetch 07732808858; 1999 – Davy McComb 07803596967; 97/98 - Ian Morton 07721596775