Strand Celtic FC is one of the best and most respected junior football clubs in North West Ireland. It is the club’s intention to provide its children with the highest standard of football coaching and sporting excellence. The club intends to be best in class for every element of the services it offers to its children, parents and coaches. The club has a Director of Coaching and Coaching Officer who supports the coaches in the club and supports coaches in undertaking coaching qualifications.
The club has teams structured at different ages and who play different types of games as a result including 5 a side, 7 a side, 9 a side and 11 a side. The playing groups include:
- Nippers Academy [Ages 5 and 6]
- Colts Academy [Boys aged 6 to 10
- Soccer Sisters Academy [Girls aged 6 – 10]
- Youth Academy [Boys and Girls aged 10 – 18]
- Senior Team
- Social and Veterans Football
The overall Club Philosophy and Approach is to encourage players to play a passing game with the FAI Blueprint adopted by the club. All Nippers, Soccer Sisters and Colts Coaches are encouraged and financially supported to undertake the introductory coaching courses, Kick Start I and Kick Start II. In addition youth coaches are encouraged to take on the Youth Certificate course.
Separately the club has employed Coerver Coaching in 2009, undertaken an AJAX Coach Education Seminar in Sligo in 2010 and held our own Coach Education Workshop in 2011. The club also supported six coaches to attend the AJAX Irish Residential weekend in 2011. In addition, each year Glasgow Celtic holds a coach education evening as part of the delivery of their summer soccer schools.
Strand Celtic is committed to the FAI Coach Education pathway. All club coaches complete a minimum of Kick Start I and all coaches are encouraged to complete Kick Start II. In addition each coach is garda vetted and all coaches attend the three hour FAI Child Welfare Awareness programme. Each season the club hosts a child welfare awareness session through the FAI RDO.