The Craigavon Cup

January 29, 2014 by  
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Monday 5th of May seen us host the biggest youth football event for u7-u12 age groups in Northern Ireland. The event was named after the late Jimmy Jones. Jimmy is the all-time leading goal scorer in Irish League History having played most notably at Belfast Celtic and Glenavon. Jimmy scored a record 646 career goals and once scored an incredible 74 goals in one season.

The Jimmy Jones Memorial Craigavon Cup brought together all the major clubs in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with the likes of Glentoran, Glenavon, Portadown, Ballymena, Coleraine, Cliftonville, Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Bohemians and Derry City all participating in the event.

The invitational tournament had a total of 16 teams at each age group from u7, u8, u9, u10, u11 & U12 with an official attendance of 2,243 inside Mourneview Park stadium. Some great football was played and no doubt many international stars of the future were on show. We would like to thank the Mayor of Craigavon Mark Baxter for supporting the event, staff at Craigavon Borough Council, Adrian Teer Glenavon F.C Chairman and Roy McMahon Chairman of Portadown F.C for his support also.

Big thanks also to all the sponsors who contributed towards the event including Main Sponsor’s McDonald’s Restaurant Craigavon and Sainsbury’s Craigavon.

Plans for the 2015 event are well underway.

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Technical Skills Academy OFF Sunday 1st Dec

November 26, 2013 by  
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Due to circumstances our of our control the Technical Skills Academy session on Sunday 1st Dec 2013 will be OFF. The Technical Skills Academy will be back the following week Sunday 8th Dec 2013 from 12.30pm – 1.30pm at The Football Warehouse, Portadown.

Technical Skills Academy England Trip 2014

November 26, 2013 by  
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We are currently in the process of planning our third annual trip to England with Playing for the Future. In year one we visited the Everton Academy and attended the Everton v Fulham match in the Barclay’s Premier League. Year two seen us visit and train at the Wrexham F.C 1st team and academy training complex, the kids got a talk from the Wrexham F.C 1st manager, tour of the Leeds United academy and one of our players even got to train with Leeds United’s u9 academy team. We finished the trip off by attending the Everton v Reading game in the Barclay’s Premier League.

This year’s trip will be on 7th – 9th March 2014. Further details to follow in due course. The trip will be booked on a 1st come 1st serve basis and limited places are available. The trip is, as always, expected to fill up very quickly. Expression of Interest forms can be sent electronically by sending an email to [email protected]

Christmas Prize Offer

November 26, 2013 by  
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We are offering a free month’s subscription to our very successful Technical Skills Academy programme for those who like and share our post on facebook which aims to promote this offer. You can also retweet the same post on twitter to also be in with a chance of winning this great offer. The winner of the competition will be announced on Christmas Eve!! What a great Christmas prsent for football lovers.  Our Facebook and Twitter details are below;


Polish Magazine Article

November 18, 2013 by  
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Our Director Thomas McStravick recently went on a coach education trip to top Polish Premier League and Europa League club Legia Warsaw in Poland. Whilst there Thomas delivered a coaching session and PowerPoint presentation to the coaches of the Legia Warsaw Academy. He was also interviewed by a national Polish Magazine. They have used the article in their recent addition and where kind enough to send it through to us via email.

The article is in Polish and it is great for us to get international recognition. See below for a PDF version of the article.

Polish Magazine

Watch Our TSA Promotional Video

November 18, 2013 by  
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We are delighted to release the  promotional video for our very successful Technical Skills Academy. This video is something we are proud of and is done to a very high professional standard. Thanks must go to Mark Hoy for producing the video. If anyone is thinking of developing a promotional video for your project or business then we highly recommend using Mark. You can contact Mark via our contact us page and we will pass on your message to him.

Enjoy the video and feel free to pass on to others. You can also like and share the video via or facebook page and also retweet via our twitter account. Details below;


Click here to watch video.

New Technical Skills Academy Starting 7th November

October 23, 2013 by  
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We are delighted to announce that we will be starting a new Technical Skills Academy on Thursday evenings starting 7th November at the Football Warehouse in Portadown. This is due to popular demand. The TSA will run for a trial period of four weeks. Sunday’s TSA will not be affected and will run as normal.

Already we have had lots of bookings so please book early to avoid disappointment. Those who don’t book and turn up on the evening will not be guaranteed a place.

Kids who attend Sunday sessions will be able to avail of this extra session for a reduced price of £2.50. Players attending this session only will pay usual price of £4.00 for the session. Usual family rates apply. Sessions will be from 6-7pm and bookings can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling Keith on 07811360284.


New Sponsors Required

September 18, 2013 by  
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We are looking for potential new sponsors to support our on-going programmes. Our highly successful Technical Skills Academy and Annual Youth Tournament are the two biggest projects we cover with exposure for businesses reaching into the thousands.

Our website is growing all the time along with our Facebook & Twitter pages and with the expansion of the Technical Skills Academy, 1-to-1 coaching programme as well as schools and community programmes our exposure is increasing daily. A truly exciting time to come on board. We are a Community Interest Company and do not exist to make profit. We are here to benefit the community and any sponsorship received goes straight back into our programmes to help us reach out, work with more young people and expand our good work. By helping us you are helping others, your business and also allowing us to have a positive impact on the development of the community.

There are a range of sponsorship packages available and each one provides cover on our website, facebook and twitter pages. All packages can be tailored to your needs and affordable for a business of any size. Sponsorship is also open for individuals or groups of people who wish to make a difference.  

If you are interested then please contact us via email [email protected] or give us a call on 07821579451. Please also feel free to post this page on your facebook or twitter pages and also email to friends, business associates etc.

Technical Skills Academy – Update

September 18, 2013 by  
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We where both extremely pleased and encouraged by the response to the start of year two at the Technical Skills Academy. We had kids from Armagh, Portadown, Lurgan, Banbridge, Dungannon and Craigavon. We still have spaces available but would like to stress the importance of getting in early to avoid missing out. The three coaches on Sunday where all UEFA B level and one has started the UEFA A Licence.

Some parents have expressed an interest in staying on for a second hour for another session and this is something we will look at in due course.

Regarding our Annual Trips to pro clubs in England we plan to now run these every year at Halloween during the school holidays. Obviously it is too close timing wise to organise now for Halloween. However we will be looking at a trip around March or April 2014. Please keep an eye out on our website for more information. These trips are open to Technical Skills Academy players only and are on a first come first serve basis. Typically, due to limited spaces, we operate on a one child 1 parent ratio. Please note that the Technical Skills Academy is open to all players of all abilities and from all clubs etc.

We would like to thank everyone who attended week one and hope to see you all, plus more, back at week two.

TSA is at The Football Warehouse Portadown. Link to directions bel0w;

Pricing is as follows;

£4.00 per session

£2.00 for every child after 1st in a family

£22.00 for six weeks

(Optional) £45.00 for kit which includes tracksuit top, bottoms, shorts, socks and t-shirt and is Errea branded.




Special Promotion

September 16, 2013 by  
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